Many expected a high scoring game in The Jungle Friday night when the Metter Tigers hosted Lincoln County. No one expected the score to be so lopsided.
And it could have been worse than the final 56-7 Lincoln County winning margin. Our Devils just missed connecting on at least two scoring passes, and LCHS could have scored again at the end of the game had they wished.
The win puts the Devils into the Class A semi-finals next Friday morning at 9 AM at the Georgia Dome against very strong Trion, 51-36 winners over Dooly County Friday night.
Octavius Andrews, playing tailback instead of his usual fullback position, and QB extraordinaire Travis Clark led the Devils to quick touchdowns in the first 8 minutes of the game to take a 14-0 lead. Metter came back to close the gap to 14-7, but Lincoln County answered with a 12-play, 78-yard drive to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
Then the fun really started. The Devils forced a Tiger punt on their first possession of the second half. Taveras Stokes returned that punt 75 yards for the TD. The Devils then added three more touchdowns in a 6 minute span of time midway the third quarter to completely blow the game open. Raquino Mickens scored 4 TDs in a stretch of 5 rushing carries, and ended the night with 74 yards on 9 carries. The GHSA mercy rule automatically kicked in during the fourth quarter.
Our Devils amassed 422 yards rushing on 41 carries, plus 126 yards passing. The much-heralded Metter QB Zach Stanford was rushed all night with the frequent Devil blitzes, and the Devil secondary was nearly perfect. Tiger running back Ricky Green, a thousand-yard runner, was held to 12 yards on 5 carrries by the Devil D.
The win marks the Devils' 600th win, a feat accomplished by only three other Georgia teams. See story below for more info.
The 56 points is the most ever scored by a Lincoln County team in the playoffs. The previous record was 52, set against Palmetto in the 1985 state championship game (52-20). The 49-point winning margin is the most in a Lincoln County playoff game, surpassing the previous 48-point margin against Portal in 1991.
The 2003 Red Devils have now scored 527 points in their 13 games. This is the most ever in a season at LCHS, surpassing the old mark of 500 points in 15 games in 1979.
In the other Class A quarterfinal game played Friday, Hawkinsville beat the Commerce Tigers 25-6; the AJC link above has a recap of the important win by those southern Red Devils. #2-ranked In a rematch from 2002, Hawkinsville will face Clinch County, a 14-8 winner over Landmark Christian Saturday night in Fairburn. Landmark took a 5-0 lead early, but the Panthers scored less than a minute before halftime to lead 7-5 at the break. Trailing 14-8, Landmark was inside the Clinch 10 midway the fourth before an interception at the 5 ended the threat.
In other games of interest around Georgia, 3-time defending Class AAAAA champ Parkview was upset by Newnan 20-14. In AA, Buford won its 43rd straight game by beating Cook 20-12, and can tie Lincoln County for the second longest Georgia winning streak by winning at the Dome. Washington County overcame Westminster 18-7 in AAA.
Only five teams have perfect unbeaten, untied records going into the 2003 semi-finals next week. Buford and Decatur are face each other Saturday in the AA semifinals. Camden County is #1 in AAAAA. That leaves the only possibility of a "perfect" final in Class A, where two sets of Red Devils may be playing.