Devils Whip Bulldogs 34-20

October 09, 2016

With Hurricane Matthew threatening, Javon Reid passed for 165 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another as Lincoln County whipped Hancock Central 34-20.

Tydarius Elam caught two touchdown passes for 80 yards. Midarious Roberts caught four passes for 85 yards and one score.

Jamal Norman returned to action for the first time in weeks with six carries for 75 yards and ran for two points.

Roberts started the game with a good kickoff return to the LC 35. After a holding penalty, Roberts rushed for 13 before quarterback Reid gained ten to midfield on a run where only an ankle tackle prevented a touchdown.

The officials were keeping a close eye on holding this game, and another flag cost the Devils ten. Reid then passed to Roberts on the right with Roberts gaining 21 to the HC 40. The two connected again on the next play with Roberts scrambling through the defense to the end zone. William LeRoy added the PAT with 8:55 left in the opening period and the Devils up 7-0.

The Devils spiced up their usual gameplan with a successful onsite kick recovered by Jalen Jackson at the HC 40. Roberts rushed for ten before Quay Hartfield gained seven. Two plays later Tydarius Elam scored on a 23-yard run with 7:39 left in the first. The PAT pass failed, but the Devils led 13-0.

Hancock had a 30-yard kickoff return shortened to ten by a holding penalty. The Bulldogs managed one first down before the Devil Defense stopped the drive short of midfield.

Big Red took over at its 22 after the Bulldog punt. Norman, playing for the first time since the Abbeville game, had two good runs of 23 and 12 yards to put the Devils back into Bulldog territory. The drive ended with an interception at the HC 29.

Hancock picked up one first down on rushing before the Devils again stopped the drive short of midfield.

The Devils took over at their 36, but they didn't stay on their side of the field long. Norman rushed for 20 followed by a 5-yard run to the HC 41. Hartfield ran for 14 before Reid faked to Hartfield and then ran straight into the end zone 22 yards away. The PAT failed, leaving the Devils up 19-0 with 9:38 left in the half.

Elam grabbed a Hancock pass to end the Bulldogs' next possession. The Devils were stopped at midfield, with Trey Martin punting to the HC 4. Xavier Gartrell broke up one deep pass to help force another Hancock punt.

Elam was not done, as he caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Reid after getting behind the Bulldog defense. Norman ran for two points to put the Devils up 27-0 with 3:13 left in the half.

The Bulldog quarterback made his best run of the night when he cut back and ran for 42 yards to the LC 6. Hancock scored from the three with 9:07 left in the third quarter. He then ran for two points to cut Lincoln's lead to 27-8.

The Devils earned two first downs on their next possession before an interception at the HC 10 ended the drive. The Bulldogs managed only two yards on three plays and punted back to the Devils at the HC 31.

On 4th-&-7 at the 28, Reid zipped the pigskin to Elam, who made the touchdown catch falling backwards into the end zone. LeRoy added the PAT for a 34-8 lead with 1:11 left in the third.

Hancock scored on two short passes in the final six minutes to make the final 34-20 score look closer than the game actually was.

Antonio Williams and Kevon Franklin left the game in the first quarter due to injuries. Defensive coordinator Howard Ellis missed the game due to illness.

A team from Sparta last defeated the Red Devils in 1958. The Devils' long winning streak in the series is one of the longest active in Georgia.

This Friday the Red Devils will welcome their graduates home and honor their seniors as Warren County visits Lincoln County. Senior Recognition will occur before the opening kickoff at 7:30.

Homecoming is fitting, as the Screaming Devils are coached by LCHS and Georgia Southern graduate Cherard Freeman. Warren County started the season with three wins, but have lost close games to First Presbyterian and Aquinas in recent weeks.