Lincoln County earned its fourth consecutive trip to the Class A quarterfinals Friday night with a convincing 35-14 win over the visiting Gordon Lee Trojans. The Devils led 35-7 at the half.
Darrell Norman started the game with a 46-yard kickoff return to the GL 44. Three plays managed only 2 yards, and the Devils lined up to punt. The snap went to the up-back Tyler Beale who rushed for 19 and a first down at the Trojan 23. Norman rushed for another 11 to the 12. Two plays later Rontae Norman went around the left side for 8 yards and the touchdown with 8:56 left in the opening quarter. Vance Tarver booted the PAT.
The Devils forced a Gordon Lee punt on their first possession, with Lincoln taking over on its 39. Rontae broke through and outran the Trojans 71 yards for the Devils second touchdown. A bad snap resulted in a failed PAT attempt, but the Devils led 13-0 with 6:50 left in the first.
The Devils' next possession was ended by an interception that was returned to the LC 7. Gordon Lee scored from the one on third down to narrow the Lincoln lead.
The Trojans momentum was quickly smashed as Darrell Norman broke through for 65 yards and a touchdown on the next play from scrimmage. Beale rushed for the extra points and a 21-7 Big Red lead.
After a Trojan punt, Lincoln was driving again when a fumble gave Gordon Lee the ball at its 35. The Devils took the pigskin right back with Franklin Jones scooping the ball and returing it 36 yards for a defensive touchdown. With Tarver injured, Chase McGill filled in well with the PAT kick.
Lincoln County got the ball with 1:28 left in the half. Barndon Barden ran the 2-minute offense well, connecting with Ricardo Norman for 11 yards and Jatheus Jones for 20. Facing a 4th-&-3 with only 11 seconds left in the quarter, Barden found Jatheus open at the goal line for the Devils' 5th TD of the half.
Gordon Lee added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter when their starters played against essentially the Devils' junior varsity. Most of the Trojans 131 yards came on that drive.