Lincoln County's Red Devils, playing with the poise and strategy that the Lincolnton Lads are known for, used a ball-control offensive plan and a stingy defense to whip the previously undefeated Landmark Christian School War Eagles 21-0 on the road in Tyrone.
No one realistically expected the Devils to shutout the potent Landmark offense. Under the leadership of pro-coached QB Alex Mortensen (see link below), LCS had averaged 44 points per game, with 25 passing TDs. Friday night, the Devils kept both those numbers at a flat-out zero.
With the Red Devil Defense playing their hearts out, Landmark managed only one third-down conversion in eight attempts, and was one out of 3 on fourth downs. Mortensen was sacked twice, hurried several times, and was intercepted twice. A third interception was nullified by a roughing penalty. LCS passing was held to about half their average, and rushing averaged less than two yards per carry. The War Eagles ran 8 plays from inside the Devil 10 and did not score.
Meanwhile, the Devil offense converted on 9 of 14 third downs and one of two fourth downs, including a TD. Lincoln led in passing at the half. Lincoln led in total offense 345-164.
Terrance Norman was the leader on offense and defense. He get several key gains, including the second TD, when taking the snap at quarterback. He also caught key passes to keep drives alive and the clock ticking.
Lincoln County head coach Larry Campbell said he was going to use a ball-control offense to keep the potent Landmark offense off the field. The Red Devils did exactly that.
Another key was that our Devils did not "get down" early in the game after a fumble after driving into Landmark territory, and then the penalty-nullified interception on the following Eagle drive. The Devils stayed cool and put forth their best overall performance in many games.
The big upset win over Landmark earns the Devils the right to take on a much better, much stronger opponent - #1 Clinch County - way down south in Homerville. Clinch wiped out Calvary Baptist 49-0 in their second round game. We expect the game to be Friday night since UGA is playing in the SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome Saturday. We'll have much more on Clinch County and our Homerville Travel Planner on Monday.
Our stats and game story are now available.