McCORMICK - Lincoln County scored on its first offensive play and never looked back enroute to a 42-13 shellacking of the McCormick Chiefs.
The Red Devils scored on all five possessions in the first half and its first possession of the second half. The varsity players accounted for over 300 yards in offense and all 42 points.
Mason Saggus caught 4 passes for 114 yards and two TDs. Garrett Mohr completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 189 yards and two TDs and rushed for another.
McCormick managed one first down on its initial drive before the Devil Defense stopped the Chiefs at midfield. Franklin Sherman hit Saggus on the left side and then the junior speedster left the Chiefs in his wake as he ran 77 yards untouched for the first TD of the night. Dylan Arthur's extra point kick gave the Devils a 7-0 lead with 9:06 left in the opening quarter.
After a short Chiefs punt, the Devils started at the McCormick 45. Sherman rambled for 10 and then passed to Craig Jones for 9. The two rushed for most of the rest of the yardage needed, with Jones scoring from the 2 with 5:19 left.
The Devil D, coach by Kevin Banks, again did its job and stopped the Chiefs on downs at their 29. Mohr connected with Tyler Banks for 11 yards and Saggus for 8. Ercell Daniel rushed the final 9 with 2:26 left in the opening stanza. Arthur's PAT boot put the Devils up by 21.
Another McCormick possession was met by another good defensive stop. The Mike Doolittle-coached offense went back to work. Starting from the home team's 40, Daniel rushed for 8 and Mohr for 3 before Mohr found Rusty Scott open for a 29-yard scoring toss.
McCormick inserted a new running back on their next possession and had some success before a fumble gave the ball to the Devils on the LC 35. Jones broke loose for 40 yards to the Chief 20. Three plays later Mohr found Saggus for 19 yards and the final TD of the half midway the second quarter.
Mohr rushed 8 yards for the final Devil score of the night with 9:28 left in the third quarter. Arthur made it five-of-five for PAT kicks and a 42-0 lead.
The Devils began substituting freely to get the younger Devils some much-needed playing time. McCormick scored twice in the fourth quarter to cut the final score to 42-13. Lincoln County is the first visitor to win on McCormick's new home turf.
Lincoln County will remain on the road this Friday as the Devils visit the Harlem Bulldogs. Harlem was shutout by Warren County in their season opener last Friday. The Bulldogs are coached by Jimmie Lewis, who attended Lincoln County's scrimmage in Thomson last month. Harlem won 4 of its last give games in 2009. The Red Devils lead the series with Harlem 20-8. The last game was in 2007, with the first game way back in 1922.
(Photos courtesy The Lincoln Journal and Sparky Newsome)