Lincoln County played possibly its best game of the season, twice taking leads over powerful Twiggs County before finally losing 18-15. The Cobras' win assures them of the Region 7-A title and top seed in the 2002 playoffs starting November 15.
Octavius Andrews led the Devils with 176 hard-fought yards on 23 carries. Andrews put the Devils up early with a 51-yard run. Gavin Williams added two for an 8-0 lead.
Twiggs scored on their next possession to close the game to 8-6 at the half. The visitors took the lead in the 4th on a 71-yard pass, 12-8.
But the Devils weren't done yet. Josh Beard scored on an 11 yard pass from Mel Partridge with 4:48 left in the game. Terrance Norman's PAT kick put Lincoln up 15-12. Twiggs moved quickly down the field, scoring on a 15-yard pass with just under 2:00 left in the game.
Lincoln's 15 points almost matched the 16 allowed by the Cobras during their first 8 games. And the Devil Defense held Twiggs to half their normal 37-point average.
The loss, coupled with last week's upset at the hands of Johnson County, mark the first time since 1972 that the Devils have lost consecutive region games.
When the playoffs start in two weeks, it now appears that Lincoln County will be at home, thanks the GMC's come-from-behind 18-14 win over Johnson County this week. Johnson led 14-3 in the fourth quarter. The GMC win creates a 3-way tie, as shown to the right. That tie is decided based on winning percentage against Class A teams outside 7-A. Lincoln is 2-1 (.667), Johnson is 1-2 (.333), and GMC is 1-3 (.250). If this is correct, the Red Devils will host the winner of next week's Bremen vs. Temple game.