These Devils Know DEFENSE!

November 17, 2003

The 2003 Red Devil Defense has been described as "awesome" by an opponent. The stats certainly don't disagree.

Lincoln Lads have always been known as hard hitters, especially on defense. The team 40 years ago didn't allow a point until the last regular season game, and we will still argue that one with the Warrenton folks any chance we get.

The 2003 Devils didn't allow a first half point until the eighth game. The total 52 points allowed ranks our team second in Class A in scoring defense, just behind Clinch County's 43 points given up.

Devil opponents managed only 63 first downs, stopped on 81.5% of their 108 third down attempts. They fared only slightly better when they dared on go for it on fourth down, with a 75% failure rate.

Consider this: FOUR times Twiggs County tried to convert on a fourth down. FOUR times the Devil Defense stood their ground and stopped the Cobras cold in their "Pit." That's DEFENSE!!

Opponents have gained about 1,300 yards against the Devils in their 10 games so far this season, averaging about three yards per play. The Devil offense nearly tripled that yardage, with about 3,700 yards gained or nearly six yards per play. The Big Red "D" forced 44 punts, to only 14 for the Devil "O".

The Devil Defense also knows how to take the ball away, with 10 fumble recoveries and 7 interceptions.

But the naysayers tell us that we played a weak schedule. Well, our Devils played four teams that were ranked in the Top 10 in either A or AA at some point this year.

Then add up the opponents records of the top teams in Class A right now, and you'll see that our Devils played one of the toughest schedules, behind Trion and Commerce. (Of course, the Devils' 10 wins helped the opponent records for Commerce and Twiggs.)

Devil Defense -- They will stop you cold!!!

Team
Record
Opponents' Record
Trion
9-1-0
57-43-0
Commerce
8-2-0
50-49-1
Lincoln County
10-0-0
45-54-1
Hawkinsville
10-0-0
44-55-0
Landmark
9-1-0
42-57-0
Metter
9-1-0
40-58-2
Calvary Baptist
9-1-0
41-59-0
Clinch County
8-1-1
40-57-2
Pacelli
10-0-0
34-62-1
Twiggs County
9-1-0
32-67-1
as of November 17