And it could have been much worse. Athens Christian was unable to punt the ball or move on offense, which allowed the entire
game to be played on the Eagles side of the 50-yard line. Lincoln County's Red Devils moved with ease and scored almost incessantly to lead 50-0 at the end of the first quarter, which is a new school record. Two more TDs were added in the second.
The teams and officials agreed to run the clock in the second quarter, and to play the third and fourth quarters shortened
to 4 and a half minutes each. The first quarter lasted 55 minutes, or about twice as long as the entire second half.
Our gamestory and updated stats are now available. Click here for the Augusta Chronicle's game coverage. And they filed a second report with more info. Also, check out the story from Friday's Athens newspaper about why any Athens area team would want to play Lincoln County; the Athens Christian coach said: "I think they're probably better matched against the Georgia Bulldogs than they are against us," and that was BEFORE Friday night's 50-0 first quarter.
In other games of interest Friday night, Class AA stalwart Charlton County edged Class A top-ranked Clinch County
16-13 by scoring twice in the final four minutes. Athens Academy, the Devils' opponent next week, lost to AAAA Madison County 13-7. Hawkinsville whipped AAA Dodge County 39-14, and Commerce beat AA Banks County 35-14. Twiggs County beat AA Wilkinson County 26-0, and Johnson County continued its suffering, this time to East Laurens 33-0. Washington-Wilkes got its first win of 2003 by edging Laney 13-7. And in the biggest game in Georgia, much-heralded and 3-time AAAAA Champ Parkview saw its record winning streak end at 46 as the Panthers lost to region foe Brookwood 35-21.