Lincoln County coaches made good halftime adjustments to shutdown Bremen's rushing attack in the second half enroute to a 39-15 first-round playoff win. The Red Devils will travel to Fairburn Friday to take on undefeated and highly touted Landmark Christian, 48-7 winners over Jefferson.
The first quarter was a see-saw battle, with LCHS scoring on a 58-yard run by Gavin Williams on the first offensive play of the game. A penalty in the endzone on a punt return gave Bremen a safety, and setup an 8-yard run by the Bremen QB with 2:57 left in the first quarter. The PAT kick gave Bremen a 9-6 lead.
But the visitors from west Georgia were not ahead for long. Terrance Norman returned the following kickoff 34 yards. Four plays later Octavius Andrews scampered in from 23 yards out for a Devil TD with 30 seconds left in the first quarter. Norman's kick put the Red Devils up 13-9. Norman caught a 5-yard pass from Mel Partridge with 9:38 left in the half for a bit of breathing room, but Bremen wasn't done yet. They scored with 2:25 left in the half to cut the halftime lead to 20-15.
Those halftime adjustments stopped the Blue Devil offense cold. After gaining 115 yards on 27 rushes in the first half, the visitors managed only 3 yards on 14 carries during the second half. When LCHS had the ball, the Red Devils ran 21 plays in the second half, compared to only 11 in the first half.
Those changes showed as the Red Devils drove 80 yards on 11 plays in the third quarter, with Williams scoring from the 9. Chris Crite then blocked a punt, recovered the ball, and ran into the endzone for 6 points. Norman grabbed his second TD pass of the night, this time 13 yards from Cordarryl Coppin, to close out the scoring
Both Gavin Williams and Octavius Andrews gained over 100 yards on the night.