Lincoln County's Red Devils put forth an improved and valiant effort Friday night, taking a 7-3 lead late into the third quarter before falling to Class AAA Burke County 15-7. The Bears controlled the ball for most of the game, leading in time of possession by nearly 18 minutes (32:51-15:09) and in yards 347-115.
Big Red jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Shawntavious Jennings' 10-yard run with 3:49 to go in the first, with freshman Vance Tarver booting the PAT. The TD was setup by Rontae Norman's interception and 46-yard retun to the Bear 19. The Bears booted a 34-yard field goal with 11:07 left in the second, and the half ended with Lincoln ahead 7-3.
In the third quarter Burke drove 80 yards in 7 minutes, scoring on 3rd-&-goal from the 1 to take a 9-7 lead. After forcing a punt, the Bears then drove 77 yards on 15 plays, twice converted on fourth down, and used more than 10 minutes off the game clock. The Devils moved to midfield with about 30 seconds left, but couldn't get into the endzone.
Our Devils start the season 0-2 for the first time since 1972. This was the first loss in the second game of the season in 30 years.
In other games of interest, Washington-Wilkes stunned favored Thomson 10-0. Clinch County starts 0-2 for the first time since 1972, losing 7-6 to AA Brooks County. Hawkinsville remains the 4-A favorite with a 26-13 win over Twiggs County. Commerce, Miller County, and Dooly County lost, while Portal and Bowdon had big wins.