Lincoln County won its opening home game 35-14 over Harlem Friday night as the Devils captured their 14th straight victory.
The Red Devil offense was stopped only by its mistakes. Senior QB/TE Brandon Barden led the offensive charge with 144 all-purpose yards; he rushed 8 times for 103 yards and 1 TD, complete both of his pass attempts for a total of 17 yards, and caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. Franklin Jones also had a productive night with 63 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 carries.
LCHS started the night off on the run with a 26-yard reverse by Rontae Norman. Darell Norman went down the right side for 31. Three plays later Ricardo Norman scored from 10 yards out with 9:29 left in the first. Tyler Beale passed to Jatheus Jones for two points.
On the Devils' next possession, a fumbled handoff led to Harlem scoring to cut the lead to 8-7. Barden led the Devils right back, breaking several tackles to scramble down the left side for 46 yards and the endzone. Vance Tarver's PAT kick put the Devils ahead 15-7.
After stopping the Bulldogs on downs at the LC 29, the Devils rushed down the field on 7 plays. Franklin Jones went the final 18 with 4:14 left in the half. After recovering a Harlem fumble, Austin Goldman passed the Devils to the 10. He then found Barden who stretched to the endzone for the touchdown. In the third, Jones added another touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Much of the Bulldog yardage and the final touchdown came against Lincoln County substitutes. Essentially the game ended with the Harlem varsity playing against the Red Devil junior varsity.
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Next week our Devils will face what should be the toughest battle of the regular season as the Washington-Wilkes Tigers visit Buddy Bufford Field. The Tigers, now back in Class AA, are sure to be smarting from Friday's lost to Thomson, and of course last year's two losses to our Devils. Get there early for a seat!
Our thanks to Garnett Wallace for the action photos!