LINCOLNTON - Despite injuries, Red Devils put together a team effort to whip Greenbrier's Wolfpack 30-7 here last Friday night.
Our Red Devils ran 55 offensive plays for 413 yards. Garrett Mohr led in yardage with 86 rushing on 4 carries and 88 passing (3 of 4 with 2 TDs). Big plays included a 49-yard run and a 69-yard pass play. Starting QB Franklin Sherman also had a good night with 42 yards rushing on 5 carries (including a 30-yard run) and completed 11 of 20 passes for 90 yards and 1 TD. On defense he grabbed his second interception of the season.
Greenbrier managed a first down on the opening possession of the game, then tried to run a fake punt at their 45 but the Devil Defense sent a loud "not on our field" message with a stop for no gain. Sherman connected with Craig Jones for 15 yards, then those two kept it on the ground for 3 plays for a first down on the Greenbrier 12. Backup freshman kicker Max Ashmore booted a 27-yard field goal at the midway point of the first quarter for a 3-0 LC lead.
Regular kicker Dylan Arthur rolled his ankle in pre-game warm-ups and spent the game on the bench with his ankle iced. He should return to action this week.
The Class AAAA school put together a strong drive, going 11 plays before they were slowed by the Devil Defense and two penalties. A fourth down pass fell incomplete after it was tipped at the line of scrimmage as the first quarter ended.
A punt by our Devils and a Greenbrier interception by Sherman gave the Devils the pigskin at the 50. Three plays gained 9 yards, forcing a 4th-and-1 at the Greenbrier 41. Jones made it look easy with a 7-yard gain. Mason Saggus then got behind the Wolves in the endzone and jumped to make the touchdown grab. The 34-yard play with 6:31 left in the half put the Devils up 9-0.
After forcing another Greenbrier punt, Big Red started from its 26. Ercell Daniel rushed for 11 and Sherman found Saggus for 8 to midfield. Daniel then broke loose for 19, and a late hit penalty added 15 to the G16. The Wolfpack defense stiffened, with a fourth down pass intercepted at the Greenbrier 3. The Wolves fumbled on the next play with Steven Morris recovering for the Devils. (Morris broke his thumb during the game but is not expected to miss any playing time.) Jones scored from the 3. Sherman then hit a wide-open Rusty Scott in the endzone for the two-point conversion and a 17-0 halftime lead.
The Wolfpack put together a long scoring march on their first possession of the second half, scoring on a 3-yard run with 4:17 left in the third quarter. The PAT kick left the Devils with a 17-7 lead. The two teams exchanged punts with LC starting from its 14 early in the fourth.
Senior wide receiver Tyler Banks got behind all the Wolves, snatched the pass thrown by Mohr, and was off to the races for 69 yards to the visitors' 19 yardline. Mohr rushed for 4 followed by Jones for 6 to the 9. Three plays later Mohr zoomed a bullet to Glenn Creech in the endzone for the TD with 8:43 left and a 23-7 lead. Creech, a sophomore, was substituting for Saggus who suffered a concussion in the second half; Mason is expected to return to action this week.
After another punt, the Red Devils took over at their 40. Mohr proved he could also run with a 49-yard gallop to the 11. Three plays later he passed to Bond Turner for the score with 6:20 left in the game. Ashmore's kick was good for the final 30-7 margin.
Along with the injuries occurring Friday night, the Devils are continuing to recover from others. The four players sent to midfield for the coin toss Friday night were all on the injured list, with three on crutches.
Some injured earlier have returned to action, including offensive lineman Charles Folger. The offensive line of Folger, Caleb James, Tyler Howard, Brandon Biles, and Billy McWhorter has provided good support for the Devils' new fast-paced, high-powered offensive plan.
This Friday the Red Devils will visit Warren County to face one of their most frequent opponents. The Screaming Devils are 3-1, with the lone loss coming 14-6 to a strong George Walton Academy squad. Warren County is fast as always, and outran McCormick 47-24 last Friday and Harlem 25-0 earlier in the season. This game begins Region 7-A play for both schools, and Red Devil fan support is needed in Warrenton for a good result.
(Photos courtesy The Lincoln Journal and Sparky Newsome)