Lincoln County lost its 2004 season opener 21-6 to a big, quick Tiger team from Greene County Friday night in Lincolnton.
Two long plays in less than a minute of game time put the visitors up 14-0 very early in the second half. A touchdown after a Devil fumble clinched the game for Greene County.
Eric Davis was the offensive star for the Tigers, scoring all three touchdowns. Fortunately for Lincoln County, this was Davis' one and only game against our Devils -- he's a senior.
Both teams spent most of the first half on the sultry summer night going 3-and-out. As the second quarter drew to a close, the shifty Tiger QB found Davis wide open on the left side, and he cruised into the endzone on a 34-yard TD pass play with 36 second left. The Devils moved into Tiger territory before the clock ran out and they trailed 7-0 at the intermission.
Davis took the second half kickoff on his own 12, slanted across the field to the right corner of the Devil endzone to increase the Tiger lead. The PAT kick put Greene County ahead 14-0 with 11:42 left in the third quarter.
Our Devils showed that they still don't know how to quit. Good runs by Gavin Williams and Cord Coppin moved LC to midfield. With 2nd-&-14, Coppin connected with Steven Brown for 49 yards and 1st-&goal at the 5. One play later, Coppin handed off to Brown, who was in motion. Brown didn't miss a step and went around left end to the endzone. After a defensive interference penalty on the PAT try, a second attempt ended when the ballcarrier was tackled short of the endzone to leave Lincoln trailing 14-6 with 6:04 left in the third.
The Devil Defense stopped Greene on its next possession, forcing a punt with Lincoln taking over at its 25 with 37 seconds left in the third quarter. Good strong runs by C. J. Norman and Coppin put the Devils at the Tiger 38. A snap was mishandled and turned the ball over to the Tigers 9:28 left. Davis picked up much of the yardage as Greene spent about 5 minutes marching down the field; Davis scored from the 5 to all but seal our Devils' fate.