Lincoln County's Young Devils remained undefeated last Thursday with a strong 27-8 trouncing of Class AAAAA's Evans Knights.
According to JV Head Coach Kevin Blizzard, the game gave him a sense of "deja vu" as a stingy defense and a quick-striking offense, like the week before against Washington-Wilkes, put the Junior Devils ahead early.
The Devil Defense stopped the Knights on their first possession. Two plays after the Evans punt, Ricardo Norman scored on a toss-sweep. Rontae Norman passed to Jatheus Jones for two points and a quick 8-0 Devil lead.
After pinning the knights deep in their own territory on the ensuing kickoff, the Red Devil Defense again stuffed the Knights for another 3-and-out series and another punt. On the Devils' next possesion, the local team drove the ball down the field on a 10-play drive with runs by Tyler Beale, Ricardo Norman, and Franklin Jones. A 1-yard QB plunge by Ronte Norman and after a successful PAT kick by Josh Hollimon put the Devils up 15-0.
The Red Devil Defense kept Evans in check for another series to give Lincoln the ball back right before halftime. Facing 4th-down-and-goal from their own 20, quarterback Austin Goldman threw a TD pass to tightend Jatheus Jones for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Lincoln's JV took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards in 11 plays. Runs by Norman, Franklin Jones, Beale and catches by Jatheus Jones, Alex Bradford, and Beale setup a 4-yard TD run by Tyler Beale to increase the Devils' lead to 27-0.
Coach Blizzard commented after the game that "as far as the defense is concerned, all 11 players swarm to the ball very aggressively. Coach Mark Flowers is doing a great job with our defense. Some players that shined on defense were Tyler Beale and Jatheus Jones at defensive end, Logan Rhodes and Kiece Crite at linebackers. Our interior defensive line of Johnathan Norman, Deron Lee and Antonio Blackmon are making big plays. Our secondary of Alex Bradford, Franklin Jones, Donnell Wynn and Ricardo Norman are playing well.
"The bench was emptied and every player got to play for the remainder of the 3rd quarter and the whole 4th quarter. Evans got on the board late in the 4th quarter on a safety for 2 points and a with a TD with a few minutes left to play when they scored on our number 3 unit defense. It's good that our 1st units can put the game away early so we can get some game experience from our young guys."