WARRENTON - Lincoln County won its twentieth straight game in Warren County last Friday night with a 41-14 victory over the Screaming Devils.
The Red Devils last lost in Warrenton in November 1971. Warren County's 28-21 upset win in Lincolnton last year ended a 43-game series win streak by the Red Devils. Teams from Lincolnton lead the all-time series 62-25-1 since the first game in 1925.
Kolbi Ferguson led the rushing attack with three touchdowns and 107 yards on twenty carries. The senior has 13 TDs in the first half of the season.
Tevin Gartrell gained 55 yards on seven carries with one score. Colton Willis rushed eleven times for 52 yards with one end-zone trip. For the game, the Red Devils outgained the Screamers 264-126 from scrimmage.
Gartrell took the handoff on a jet sweep left and turned the corner for 35 yards and a touchdown to end the first possession of the game. J. T. Bundrick booted the PAT three minutes into the game for a 7-0 LC lead.
The Devil Defense blitzed the Screaming Devils on first down, resulting in a 9-yard sack. The home team punted with Kevon Franklin returning the ball 14 yards. A blocking in the back flag added 15 more, to the Warren 42. Two plays later a fumble turned the pigskin over to the home team.
A personal foul and a great tumbling catch on a 31-yard pass put the Screaming Devils in scoring position at the LC 5. Two plays later Warren County scored on a one-yard run. They ran for two on the extra point to take the lead 8-7 with 3:35 left in the quarter.
A 25-yard kickoff return by Gartrell put the Red Devils in business at their 45. Keenon Lampkin passed 24 yards to Darren Elder to reach the WC 21. Ferguson rushed for six before Colton gained 13. Ferguson scored from the two with ten seconds left in the quarter. The PAT failed but the visitors led 13-8 as the second quarter started.
The two teams traded punts before Miles Parks recovered a fumble at the WC 41. The Red Devils drove to the nine but a 25-yard field goal attempt went wide right with 2:08 left in the half.
The Devil Defense forced another punt, giving the ball back to the offense with only thirty seconds left before the break. Lampkin ran for 19 yards to the 21 before three pass attempts fell incomplete. A 37-yard field goal attempt went wide left, leaving the halftime score 13-8 in favor of the Red Devils.
The Screaming Devils took the second half kickoff and was driving the ball before Eummauel McCord stuffed their ballcarrier for a three-yard loss. On the next play, the Screamers fumbled in the backfield with Antavious Brown scooping the ball and scoring 20 yards later. The touchdown and Bundrick's PAT gave the Red Devils a 20-8 advantage.
The Devil Defense, which has allowed only three touchdowns through the first five games, stopped the home team again. The punt rolled to the LC 28. Ferguson broke a tackle for 27 yards. Colton gained seven with a personal foul adding 15 to the WC 22. Five plays later Ferguson scored on a two-yard run with 3:39 left in the third quarter. The kick put the Red Devils up 27-8.
C. J. Zellars tackled a Screamer for a loss that led to another punt from the WC 43. Pressure from the Red Devils caused the punt to go sideways. Elder grabbed the pigskin for a four-yard return to the WC 27. Seven plays later Ferguson scored from three yards out. The PAT was good for a 34-8 lead with half a minute left in the third.
Warren County returned the following kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Their PAT run failed, leaving the score 34-14 as the fourth quarter started.
Parks returned a fumble 35 yards to the WC 7. Willis rushed three times, including for the final two yards with 8:44 left in the game. The extra point kick put Lincoln County up 41-14.
Warren County finished the game with a 13-play drive that ended at the LC 29.
The Red Devils will continue their mid-season road-trip with a short ride to Washington for the 2019 battle in The 378 War. Both teams come into the huge rivalry game with 3-2 records. The Tigers, under first year head coach T. C. Jay, defeated Hancock Central 20-14 last Friday. As always, a huge crowd is expected at Tiger Stadium to see the pigskin fly at 7:30 Friday.