Lincoln County Clinches Region Title with Warren County Shutout

October 30, 2022

(WARRENTON, GA) Lincoln County shutout the Warren County Screaming Devils 34-0 here last Friday night to clinch the Region 8-A Division II football championship.

The title is their first since 2012. The Red Devils are 4-0 in the region with only a home game remaining against Towns County this Friday. With a loss, Lincoln County could be tied with Washington-Wilkes, but it owns the tie-breaker (head-to-head) over the Tigers. W-W hosts Greene County this Friday.

As the region champ, the Red Devils will be the #1 seed from 8-A and host the #4 seed from 7-A. However, since 7-A has only three football-playing schools, Lincoln County will receive a bye in the first playoff round. November 11 will be an open date for LCHS while all other playoff teams will compete that week. On November 18, in the second round, the Devils will host the winner of the first round game between the third seed from Region 6 (possibly Macon County) and the second seed from Region 5 (probably Hancock Central or Wilkinson County)

As the CheerDevils said on their banner, Lincoln County showed the Screaming Devils who the real Devils are. The Red Devils scored twice in the first six minutes and led 21-0 at the half.

Kelby Glaze ran twice for 16 yards to reach Warren territory on the opening drive. Three plays later, on 3rd-&-2, Trey Huff called his own number and rushed for 22 yards to the WC 17. Mekhi Wade sprinted for 14 before Josiah Claxton-Jones ran slightly left for a 3-yard touchdown. Abraham Crawford booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead with just under nine minutes left in the opening period.

The Screaming Devils attempted to end their first possession with a punt, but the pigskin was snapped way over the punter's head. He covered the ball at the WC 6. Wade scored on the next play with 6:17 left in the first. Crawford made it 14-0.

Warren earned one first down at its 28 before two procedure flags stymied the drive. Their punt rolled to the LC 39. After Franklin Brown rushed for a first down at midfield, Huff rambled for 36 yards. Unfortunately an illegal block on the play backed the Devils to the WC 39. Huff hit C. J. Crite for 20 yards on a screen, but the Devils were called for an ineligible receiver downfield. The Devils punted to the WC 16.

Warren County gained two first downs to midfield. The Devil Defense stopped a fourth down run at the LC 44, three yards short of the line-to-gain. Huff rushed for 17, three, and nine to reach the 24. Huff passed five yards to Justin Simmons before tossing 16 yards to Devin Hogan. Huff then ran in from three yards out with 49 seconds left in the half.

Four penalties put the home team in a 3rd&7 hole at its 13. The Red Devils fair caught the punt at the 43. The Red Devils lined up for the rarely-used free kick field goal try. Warren was flagged for twelve men on the field. The resulting 48-yard field goal attempt fell short. Lincoln County led 21-0 at the break.

After Warren punted on their first second half possession, Huff connected with Wade on a 30-yard pass play down the right sideline. Huff then ran for 31 to the 10. The senior QB then handed off to Brown who then handed the pigskin to Wade. Wade sprinted 10 yards to pay dirt. Crawford's PAT put the Red Devils up 28-0 with 7:16 left in the third period.

After an exchange of possessions, the Screaming Devils put together a drive into LC territory. A pass interference penalty gave the blue team a first down at the LC 21. Three plays lost two yards. The Devil Defense pressured the quarterback and played great defense in the end zone to force an incompletion on fourth down at the LC 23. That would be Warren's closest approach to the Red Devil goal line.

Claxton-Jones broke loose for 26 yards to the LC 44. Hogan gained 16 to the WC 33. A play later Hogan had consecutive runs of nine, eight, and seven to reach the 5. Freshman Nictavious Cain rushed for four before Hogan scored from the one. The extra point try failed, but Lincoln County led 34-0 with 5:10 remaining in the region-clinching game. Neither team threatened again.

The Red Devils amassed 348 yards in offense compared to 136 for Warren County. The home team was hampered by 12 flags for 75 yards, and failed on 11 third down attempts. Lincoln was five for seven on third downs.

Huff completed four of six pass attempts for 54 yards, and ran seven times for 96 yards with one TD. Wade carried nine times for 64 yards with two TDs, and caught one pass for 30 yards. Hogan ran five times for 41 yards with one score.

Lincoln County will complete the regular season and region schedule at home this Friday when Towns County travels three hours south for its second Lincolnton visit. The Indians are 3-6 with one of those wins 20-8 over Warren County. Fans are asked to arrive early as the Red Devils will honor their senior athletes before the game. The pigskin will get kicked at 7:30.