Hephzibah Falls 23-0

September 14, 2008

HEPHZIBAH - Lincoln County's stalwart defense claimed its third shutout in as many tries this season as the Red Devils whipped the Hephzibah Rebels 23-0.

Big Red jumped out to a quick lead when QB Bo Reed unexpectedly took off for the endzone and scored on an 8-yard run with 9:37 left in the first quarter. After a Hephzibah turnover, A. G. Middlebrooks scored from 5 yards out early in the second quarter. The PAT kick gave the Devils a 14 point margin.

Late in the first half, Hephzibah was pushed back deep in their territory. Red Devil Head Coach Larry Campbell called timeouts to preserve some clock, and some Lincoln County fans sensed what was about to happen. The Devils fair caught the short punt at the 35, setting up the third free kick field goal in Vance Tarver's career. This time the kick was good from 45 yards out, giving the Devils a 17-0 halftime lead.

Hephzibah threatened several times during the game, but each time the Devil D stopped the Rebels cold. Josh Sims closed out the scoring with a 2-yard run with 3:24 left in the game.

The LC win was the first loss for the Rebels at their new stadium.

The 23 points scored by our Devils is an uncommon point total. Only five times in Lincolnton history have our Devils ended a game with 23 on the scoreboard. All five occurred during The Campbell Years. Four were shutouts: in addition to last Friday's game, 1979 against Jenkins County and 1980 against Hancock Central (both at BBF), and 1986 at Wilcox County in the state quarterfinals. The fifth time was a 23-14 win over GMC in 2001.