The Twiggs County Cobras proved no match for Lincoln County as the Red Devils won their 42nd consecutive Homecoming Game. The final tally was 45-7.
Mike McIntire rushed 15 times for 231 yards and four touchdowns, with only 3 carries after halftime. "Mikey" now has 1,268 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.
The Cobras tried an onside kick to start the game, but senior Ron White recovered the pigskin for the Devils at midfield. McIntire rushed for 22 yards to the Twiggs 26. After he ran for 9, McIntire scored from the 17 just 90 seconds into the game. James Spratlin booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
The Cobras went backward on their first possession, and punted from their 10. The punt was very short, downed at the Twiggs 19. After a penalty, McIntire gained 11 yards to the 13, then went down the right side for the remainder. The touchdown came with 6:47 left in the opening period.
Twiggs County gained one first down before the Devil Defense stopped the drive at the TC 30. The Devils took over at their 39 after the punt. Lincoln moved to the TC 13, primarily on the running of McIntire, with a 21-yard pass from Ben Turner to Jamar Norman being the long-gainer. Spratlin booted a 31-yard field goal ten seconds into the second quarter for a 17-0 Red Devil lead.
The Cobras drove to midfield on their next possession before punting to the LC 18. Turner connected with Fred Crite for 31 yards, although a penalty cost the Devils 10. McIntire rushed for 8 and then 19 to the Twiggs 34. Turner passed to Norman deep on the right side for the touchdown. Spratlin's kick was good with 5:06 left before the Homecoming Queen was named.
Connell Bennett sacked the Cobra quarterback to end the visitors' next drive at their 31. Starting from their 44, the Devils moved to the Twiggs 30 thanks to a 21-yard pass from Turner to Jalen Smith and a 5-yard run by Turner. The Devils came up short on fourth down with 31 seconds left in the half. Twiggs failed to move the ball or run much time off the clock, and punted back to the Devils with eight seconds left.
Norman called a fair catch at the LC 49. The Devils then lined up for a free kick attempt, causing Twiggs to call a time-out to figure out what was going on. Lincoln County fans should be the experts on free kicks, since this would be the fourth attempt in the last 9 years. In high school and the NFL, a rarely-used rule allows a team to have a free kick (no effort to rush the kicker) from the point where a punt is fair caught. If the ball, kicked from a tee, goes through the uprights, the kicking team is credited with a field goal. While the three previous efforts were successful, this 61-yard attempt came up just short. Halftime score was 24-0 in favor of the Devils.
Jarvis Smith intercepted a Cobra pass to end their first possession of the second half. Two plays later a Red Devil pass was also intercepted, but the ball was returned to the Devils when the Cobra fumbled away the interception. On the next play, McIntire scampered 40 yards down the right side for his third touchdown of the game. Spratlin's kick with 10:41 left in the third put the Devils up 31-0.
After a Cobra punt, the Devils took over at the Twiggs 41. Turner handed off to McIntire, and he was off to the endzone again. Ryan O'Neill kicked the PAT for a 38-0 Lincoln County lead with 8:29 left in the third.
Fumbles ended the Devils' next two possessions. Twiggs scored on a 17-yard pass midway the fourth quarter. The young Devils scored when freshman quarterback Blake Beggs scored on a 7-yard run after rushing for 12 and 22 yards. O'Neill booted the extra point with four minutes left for what would be the final margin, 45-7.
The win improves the Devils' record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in Region 7-A play. Region standings are only meaningful for the region champion, who is guaranteed a high playoff seeding. Aquinas continued its roll to the 2013 7-A title.
This Friday the Red Devils will travel to Irwinton to take on the Wilkinson County Warriors. A win will improve the Devils' power rating, which is used to determine playoff eligibility and seeding. The Devils were in tenth place in last week's official ratings.