The start time may have been different due to weather concerns, but the result was the same - a win for the Lincoln County Red Devils.
The 31-0 victory improved the Red Devils' record to a perfect 6-0. This was the 41st consecutive time that Lincoln County has prevailed over the Screaming Devils. Warren County last won in 1971, its seventh straight win over the Red Devils.
Quay Hartfield led the offensive charge with 130 yards on 18 carries, scoring twice. Javon Reid gained 51 yards on seven carries, and Jamal Norman ran eight times for 49 yards. Both scored once.
The Red Devils took the early 6:00 kickoff and moved the ball well. Austin Parks made a one-handed catch on the run for 33 yards. It would be the only catch of the game, but it was a great one. Hartfield then ran for five to the 22. Reid kept the pigskin for ten and a first down at the WC 12. Norman ran for eight before then going the final four for a touchdown with 9:27 left in the first. Ryan O'Neill booted the PAT for a 7-0 LC lead.
The Devil Defense stopped the Screaming Devils from earning a first down and forced a short punt that rolled to a stop at the WC 38. Reid went left on a good run for 12 for a first down at the 24. The Red Devils picked up another first down before the drive fizzled. O'Neill kicked a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 with four minutes left in the opening quarter.
The visitors scampered for 40 yards on the following kickoff return to midfield. A QB sack helped keep the drive short, and Warren County punted. Tydarius Elam snagged the ball and returned it 50 yards to the WC 22. Norman rushed for five and then 11 for 1st-and-goal at the 6. Hartfield did everything but score on the next play, with the ball resting inside the 1. Reid took the ball the final feet. O'Neill's kick gave the Red Devils a 17-0 lead with just under a minute left in the first period.
Warren County punted after three plays on its next possession, with the Devils starting from their 46. Reid threw a rare interception which Warren returned to the LC 2. The play and the following effort confirmed what coaches always instill in their players - never give up on a play. The Red Devils caught the Warren player from behind to stop the interception from becoming a touchdown.
Warren had two miscues for 10 yards. With 1st-and-goal at the 12, the visiting Devil runner was caught for a three-yard loss. Jason Gartrell then sacked the quarterback for an eight-yard loss. A lateral gained only one yard, leaving 4th-and-goal at the 22. Two more penalties by Warren cost 10 more yards. On 4th-and-goal from the 32, the Screaming Devils' pass attempt fell incomplete and the touchdown threat was ended. What looked like a sure touchdown on the interception resulted in zero points because these Red Devils never give up.
Lincoln County then drove down the field on 13 plays. Sixteen-yard runs by Reid and Hartfield were the big gainers before Hartfield scored on a seven-yard run. The PAT kick was good for a 24-0 lead with less than a minute left in the half. Warren would end the half with no first downs and negative offensive yardage.
The second half opened no better for the Screaming Devils, with a short punt to their 47. Hartfield gained five but consecutive penalties cost the Red Devils ten yards. Jayden Robinson rushed for four. Hartfield was stopped at the line but then got loose right for a 48-yard touchdown run. O'Neill's kick gave the Devils a 31-0 advantage with 8:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Warren County then had their best drive of the game, picking up four first downs before Midarious Roberts intercepted a Warren pass at the LC 20. The Red Devils again drove the ball, keeping the pigskin on the ground and the clock moving. The GHSA mercy rules thankfully made the fourth quarter fly by on this rainy night in Georgia. The Red Devils got to the Warren 30 before punting. The Screaming Devils moved the ball some before the clock ticked down to end the 31-0 Red Devil win.
Lincoln County has an open date this week before traveling to Sparta on October 16 to take on the Hancock Central Bulldogs.
Our thanks to Sparky Newsome and The Lincoln Journal for the photos!
MACON - Lincoln County earned a hard-fought win over tough First Presbyterian Day 14-0 here last Friday night.
The 5-0 Devils secured their first shutout of the season and second consecutive shutout of the FPD Vikings. Lincoln County is currently tied with Hawkinsville among Class A Public schools for fewest points allowed per game. LC is third among Class A Public schools in point differential.
Lincoln County's ball control offense consumed much of the clock, especially in the second half. Both scoring drives came on drives of more than a dozen plays, and each took about six minutes off the clock.
Jamal Norman led the Devil ground game with 18 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. Quay Hartfield added another score and 65 yards on 16 touches. QB Javon Reid ran a dozen times for 58 yards, including two key drive-sustaining rollouts.
Both punters got a good workout early in the game, with two efforts each in the first quarter. The Viking quarterback broke loose for 28 yards on the Vikings' third possession. On 4th-and-9 at the LC 37, the Devil Defense sacked that quarterback for an eight-yard loss. The Devils failed to make a first down and punted to the Vikings.
FPD's speedy running back broke loose for 55 yards, but the Devil defenders caught him from behind and forced a fumble at the LC 20. The Devils picked up a first down on an eight-yard pass from Reid to Austin Parks. The two teams then twice more exchanged punts.
Tydarius Elam returned the last punt 55 yards to the endzone, but an illegal block flag nullified the touchdown. The second quarter ended scoreless before the Devils could finish its drive.
The Vikings tried a short pop-up kickoff to start the second half, but Austin Parks fair-caught the pigskin at the LC 31. Hartfield went right for 20, followed by a 25-yard run by Reid to the same side. Norman had a hard run over two tacklers for eight yards and a first down at the FPD 12. Norman gained one, Hartfield three, and Norman four setting up 4th-and-2 at the four. Norman powered for two yards, earning the first down by half a football. Norman gained one more before two plays gained little.
Again facing fourth down, Hartfield went over the right side for the needed yard and the first score of the game with 5:56 left in the third quarter. Ryan O'Neill's kick was true for a 7-0 lead.
First Presbyterian had also made halftime adjustments, as it was able to move the ball on the running of the quarterback. His runs of 10, nine, and four yards earned first downs. A sack by Devon Holloway cost the Vikings six yards and forced a punt from midfield.
Starting deep at their 12, the Devils gained one first down at the 36 on runs of eight and 16 by Norman. The drive stalled at the 37, and O'Neill punted. The Vikings roughed him, and the Devils' drive got new life at midfield. Reid kept the ball and ran left, juking two defenders enroute to a 26-yard gain to the FPD 25.
With help from the offensive line, Norman gained 13 yards on two runs to the 12. A penalty on a pass play put the Devils 3rd-and-5 at the seven. Hartfield gained four to the three, but it was fourth down. Reid was able to draw the Vikings offsides to earn the first down at the 1. Norman scored from there. O'Neill's PAT kick gave the Devils a 14-0 lead with only 6:27 remaining in the game.
Both teams punted on their next possessions, and the last Viking effort ended when a fourth-down pass play came up way short. The Devils took a knee repeatedly to run out the last 1:45 and second their fifth victory of the season.
For the game, the Devils were 100% successful when "going for it" on fourth down, making the first down or a touchdown four times.
This Friday, the Red Devils will host their most frequent rival, the Screaming Devils from Warren County. The team has improved over last season, and will be another good test for these young Red Devils. Warren County is coached by former Red Devil and Georgia Southern star Cherard Freeman. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 as Lincoln County opens its subregion schedule.
Lincoln County's Red Devils whipped the visiting Twiggs County Cobras 47-8 to improve their season mark to 4-0.
The undefeated Devils were ranked number 10 in the Class A Public poll going into the game. They are off to their best start since 2011, and are ranked for the first time since 2013.
The highlight of the game was a 50-yard field goal by Ryan O'Neill as the first half ended. The fantastic kick is one of the longest, if not the longest, in Red Devil history.
Quay Hartfield led the offensive attack with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, plus a 23-yard pass reception. The Devil Defense grabbed three interceptions.
The Devils started fast and never looked back. Midarious Roberts sanpped an interception on Twiggs' third play, 92 seconds into the game. Starting from their own 30, the Devils moved the ball well on the ground: Roberts for 9 and Jayden Robinson for 5 before Hartfield made two good cuts to gain 17 and a first down at the Twiggs 40. David Byrne then ran left and tight-roped the home sideline to the seven. Quarterback Javon Reid rolled out right on a keeper for the touchdown with 8:11 to go in the opening quarter. The PAT kick went wide left.
The Cobras put together several good runs and moved the pigskin from their 22 to the LC 40. Trajan Crawford sacked the Twiggs quarterback for a four yard loss on 4th-and-7 to get the ball back.
Jamal Norman and Xavier Gartrell led the blocking for Hartfield who rushed for 38 yards to the Cobra 18. Norman gained 12 to the six. Hartfield, small but strong, then carried two Cobras to the two. Reid called his own number and scored up the middle. The Devils faked the PAT kick with holder Blake Beggs passing to Roberts standing in the endzone for two points. The Devils led 14-0 with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Devil Defense forced a punt to end Twiggs' next offensive try. Starting from near midfield, Hartfield juked two defenders and scampered 24 yards to the Cobra 30. Tydarius Elam went right side for 17 more. Hartfield rushed for five and then the final eight for the third touchdown. Ryan O'Neill's PAT kick was good for a 21-0 lead with 10:13 left in the first half.
O'Neill booted the kickoff and then had to do either the dream or nightmare for kickers - make the TD-saving tackle of the returner after he ran the ball back 50 yards to the LC 40. After a reverse gained nine yards, the Cobras scored on a 31-yard pass. The same combination made good the two-point conversion, cutting the Devil lead to 21-8 with 9:11 left before intermission.
Reid hit Hartfield on a great pass/catch play for 23 yards to the Cobra 35. Hartfield then gained 18. Two plays later Roberts went right and almost untouched into the end zone. The kick made the scored 28-8 with 7:20 left before the bands played.
Elam intercepted a Cobra pass at their 49, went left and then curved back right on a 36-yard return to the Cobra 13. Reid rushed for three, and then passed ten yards to Roberts for the touchdown. The kick went wide, but the Devils led 34-8 with 5:04 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded punts until Big Red took over at the Cobra 29 with only six seconds left in the half. One play lost four yards. The field goal team hustled onto the field and lined up for a 50-yard attempt. The Devils and their fans held their breath until O'Neill's kick sailed through the goal posts for a 37-8 halftime advantage.
The Devils drove to open the third quarter, but a fumble ended the threat. Lincoln stopped a fake punt attempt short of the line-to-gain, and took over at the Cobra 44. Norman and Hartfield combined for 20 yards before Roberson broke two tackles for first-and-goal at the eight. Norman rushed for five yards. Hartfield then scored form the three with 3:40 left in the quarter. O'Neill's kick put the Devils up 44-8.
Roberts grabbed another Cobra pass a minute later. With Beggs at QB and the clock running, the Devils drove to the Cobra 6. O'Neill booted a 24-yard field goal with 9:19 left in the game to close out the scoring at 47-8.
This Friday, the Devils hit the road to Macon to battle First Presbyterian. The strong Vikings are 2-1 after a 56-21 win over GMC last Friday. Their lone loss was to undefeated Howard of Macon, a AAAA school. Kickoff is slated for 7:30.
Red Devils Avenge Big Loss with Big Win, 48-7 over Westside
Lincoln County earned its third victory of the season, and revenge from last year, with a 48-7 thrashing of the visiting Westside Patirots at The Bud here last Friday.
Quay Hartfield had a huge night running the ball with 171 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. Jamal Norman also had a good night with 85 yards and two touchdowns on nine runs.
The Devil Defense was stellar in the second half, allowing no first downs and only nine yards. For the game, Westside gained 170 yards on 39 plays, with 45 coming on a single pass play. The Devil Defense also took the ball away three times (interception and two fumbles recovered)
The Devils amassed 401 yards on 35 plays with 16 first downs.
The Red Devils showed the Patriots early that this game would be much different than a year ago in Augusta. Midarious Roberts intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage, and returned it 26 yards to the Westside 19. Hartfield rushed for seven followed by a two-yard gain by QB Javon Reid. Reid then handed the pigskin to Jayden Robinson, who scored from 10 yards out. Ryan O'Neill booted the PAT for a 7-0 Red Devil lead ninety seconds into the game.
The Patriots picked up two first downs on their next possession before fumbling with Tydarius Elam recovering at the Westside 38. Norman ran for 15 with a facemask penalty adding 12 more. Norman rushed into the endzone on the next play, but a holding penalty nullified the effort and pushed the Devils back to the 22. Hartfield went around the right end behind good blocking to score with 5:12 left in the first quarter. O'Neill's kick put the Devils up 14-0.
The Patriots came right back, benefitting from a pass that, after fumbling and recovering their own fumble, moved the ball 45 yards to the LC 16. Four plays later Westside scored on a two yard run on the first play of the second quarter. The extra point cut the Devils' lead to sever, 14-7.
The Devils started from their 40 but were unable to move the ball enough. Their punt was almost blocked, and only went 14 yards. The Patriots put together good runs, and a 12-yard pass gave the visitors 3rd-and-1 at the LC 2. The Devil Defense caused a fumble that Robinson recovered at the seven. This would turn out to be the key play of the game, as Westside would not threaten again.
Quayfield got loose again for 58 yards, but a penalty brought the ball back 15 to midfield. A six-yard run by Norman earned the Devils a first down at the Westside 38 with only 17 ticks left on the first half clock. After an incompletion, Reid floated the ball over the middle to Roberts as he strode into the endzone. The PAT pass fell incomplete, but the Devils led 20-7 at the half after nearly being tied two minutes earlier.
Norman rambled for 18 yards to start the second half, with a facemask penalty tacking on 15 more to the Patriot 35. He then gained 13 more before Hartfield rushed for six. Norman then ran for 14 more to the two. With 10:47 left in the third, Norman scored from the two. The O'Neill kick gave the Devils a twenty point lead.
The Devil Defense stopped the Patriots short of a first down and forced a punt. From the LC 34, Hartfield scampered for 39 yards to the Westide 27. Quay wasn't finished as he again took the handoff and broke two tackles enroute to the endzone. The extra point increased the Devils' lead to 34-7.
Things only got worse for the Patriots as a first down at the 27 turned into 4th-and-28 at the 9 after a penalty and a sack by the Devil Defense. The Westside punt rolled dead at the Patriot 41.
Elam took the handoff, ran right, then cut left and just got the ball over the goalline at the left pylon for another Red Devil TD. Blake Beggs passed to Austin Parks for two points and a 42-7 advantage.
The Devil Defense stopped the Class AAA team on downs at the 50 to get the ball back. With the clock running under GHSA mercy rules, the Devils kept the ball on the ground and marched into the endzone. Norman scored from the 10 with about nine minutes left. The kick by the younger Devils went left, but the Devils were up 48-7.
The Patriots again failed to earn a first down and punted back to the Devils. With younger Devils playing, Lincoln County ran out the clock.
This Friday the Red Devils welcome Twiggs County to Lincolnton. The Cobras are rebuilding their program, with only 22 players participating this season. Their new coach is Ashley Harden, who led Butler to its best seasons a few years ago. The Cobras were competitive in their first two games, both against larger opponents. The pigskin will fly at 7:30 in Larry Campbell Stadium at Buddy Bufford Field.