AUGUSTA - Lincoln County lost a close region game to Aquinas 14-7 here last Friday night.
The Irish took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards on 11 plays to paydirt. The big play was a 29-yard pass to the LC 15. Aquinas scored on a 4-yard run midway the first quarter.
Two penalties helped keep the Devils from a first down and they punted 45 yards to the Aquinas 30. Aquinas went back to work, driving 10 plays before a holding penalty led to 4th-&-13 at the LC 37. Its fourth down pass attempt fell incomplete thanks to good secondary coverage and good quarterback pressure by the Devil Defense.
Kolbi Ferguson almost broke loose up the middle, gaining 32 yards to the Aquinas 28. Dawayne Wright added 16. Three plays later Ferguson scored from three yards out with 6:37 left in the half. Lane Tuten's PAT kick tied the game at 7-all..
Quardarius Hogan intercepted an Irish pass to end the next Aquinas threat at the LC 30. The half ended 7-7.
The Devils received the second half kickoff but failed to make a first down. The Irish took over on the 50 after the LC punt. The home team steadily rushed down the field on nine plays. The last was for 11 and the go-ahead touchdown midway the third.
The Devil offense failed to make a first down and punted to the Irish. Two long runs put Aquinas in scoring position. The Devil Defense stiffened, forcing a 43-yard field goal attempt that dinged the crossbar and fell into the end zone. The lead stayed at 7 as the third quarter ended.
The Devils moved the ball but faced a 4th-&-2 at their 39. LCHS lined up to punt when Tavin Gartrell took the snap and rushed for seven yards to continue the drive. Wright had a good run but fumbled. Ferguson scooped the pigskin to complete the 10-yard gain to the Aquinas 37. The Devils failed on 4th-&-1 at the 28 with 5:21 left.
The Devil Defense forced an Aquinas punt, with LC starting from its 36. Wright rushed for ten yards and a first down at the 50. A sack and a loss ended the drive and the Devils' chances for a late comeback. The Irish ran out the clock to seal their Region 7-A win.
Ferguson led the offense with 13 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown. Wright gained 32 yards on five attempts.
This Friday the Red Devils will host Warren County in the renewal of the Devils' most prolific rivalry. The Screaming Devils are 2-2 after a 48-28 loss last week to Washington-Wilkes. Kickoff is set for 7:30.