Turnovers have plagued the Red Devils in 2002, and Friday night those miscues cost Lincoln County its game against Johnson County (14-13) and probably home field advantage in the playoffs.
Johnson County scored twice on short drives after the Devils fumbled inside their own 25 yardline. Lincoln later fumbled inside the Trojan 5 and threw an interception at the Trojan 15 with a minute left in the game. On the night Big Red lost 4 of 6 fumbles and had the one interception for a total of 5 harmful turnovers. Except for the turnovers, Lincoln controlled the game with 16 first downs to Johnson's 5, and 286 yards to the Trojans' 104.
The loss, in all likelihood, puts the Devils in third place in 7-A, and thus on the road to west Georgia in the first round of the playoffs in three weeks. If Twiggs beats Warren County on Nov. 15 and Johnson County beats GMC Nov. 8, as expected, Twiggs will finish first with Johnson second and Lincoln third. If Lincoln defeats Twiggs this coming week, there would be a 3-way tie, but Lincoln's earlier losses to Commerce and Johnson may place them third. If Lincoln and GMC both finish with 2 losses, Lincoln wins on head-to-head. [We're confirming these scenarios now, so this is subject to change.]