Lincoln County's 57-7 victory over GMC here last Friday marked the continuation of Coach Larry Campbell's win streak in Homecoming games. The Red Devils have not lost a Homecoming game in Campbell's 41 years as Devil head coach.
The Devils are now 6-1, making 2012 the 40th straight year with at least six wins. That also means the Devils will finish this season with a winning record. The Devils' last losing season was 1972. This is now also the 40th consecutive season where Lincoln County has won the majority of its region games. The Devils are an amazing 240-14-1 in those 40 years, with 3 games left this season.
This Friday our Devils hit the road for their last and one of the longest road trips of the regular season as they visit Jeffersonville to take on Twiggs County. The Cobras, with another new head coach, beat Warren County last Friday. The Devils need to be sure they are not looking forward to November 2 when Wilkinson County visits Lincolnton. That game will decide the Region 7-A title since the Warriors whipped Aquinas 42-14 last Friday.
Mike McIntire led the Devil offense against the visiting Bulldogs with four touchdowns on only 12 carries. The totalled 175 yards, including TD runs of 80 and 42. Ben Turner completed 6 of 14 pass attempts for 138 yards and 1 TD. Zireycus Letman caught 3 passes for 55 yards and 1 TD.
Lincoln County got on the scoreboard early with McIntire's 2-yard run with 10:14 left in the first quarter. Turner had run for 25 and had passed 24 yards to Jalen Franklin to setup the short scoring run. James Spratlin added the PAT.
The two teams swapped the ball on their next two possessions before the Devils blocked a Bulldog punt and Tony Beard returned the ball 26 yards for a touchdown. Spratlin's kick was good with 49 seconds left in the opening period for a 14-0 LC lead.
Jamar Norman ended the next GMC possession with an interception, returning the pigskin about 30 yards. On 3rd-&-long, Turner hit Glenn Creech for 35 yards. Turner ran for 13 before McIntire rushed the final 15 for another Red Devil TD. With the PAT boot, the Devils were up 21-0 with 8:15 before half.
GMC is better this year than in the last few seasons. A Bulldog receiver got behind the Devil defenders for a 67-yard touchdown pass. With 6:36 before the Homecoming Queen would be crowned, the Lincoln County lead was cut to 21-7.
After two possessions ended on downs, McIntire broke loose for 42 yards down the right sideline for his third score of the night. The kick with 3:01 left in the half put the Devils up 28-7.
But the Devils were not yet finished for the half. Norman intercepted his second pass and make another good return. Turner combined with Zetman on pass completions of 9 and 22 yards. Turner then passed to Fred Crite for 20 yards. Spratlin then booted a 31-yard field goal with 33 seconds left for a 31-7 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs started the second half with an impressive drive that ended in a touchback when the GMC runner fumbled through the endzone. The Devils took over on their 20, and McIntire was off to the races again. His 80-yard scamper and accompanying PAT put the Devils up 38-7 with 6:20 left in the third quarter.
GMC came up short on downs on its own 40 to end its next possession. Letman caught a 24-yard pass from Turner for another LC TD. The kick was blocked, but the Devils were cruising with a 44-7 advantage.
The fourth quarter was played under the GHSA's clock-running mercy rules. After another blocked punt, Lakeith Lockhart scored on a 5-yard run with 10:15 left. The PAT kick barely missed, hitting the left upright. Devils led 50-7.
Quadarious Hunter scored the final points of the night on a 5-yard run with 5:38 left. Spratlin's PAT kick provided the final margin, 57-7.