LINCOLNTON - Lincoln County opened its Region 7- A schedule with a strong 25-0 victory over Tattnall Square Academy here last Friday night.
The Macon private school, making its first visit to Larry Campbell Stadium at Buddy Bufford Field, did not cross midfield until the final minute of the third quarter after recovering a fumble.
The Devil Defense claimed its second consecutive shutout while limiting the visiting Trojans to only 33 yards offense. Tattnall didn't earn a first down until deep into the third quarter.
Kolbi Ferguson led the Devil Offense with three touchdowns and 147 yards on 22 carries. Colton Willis scored once and rushed for 82 yards on 15 attempts. Tevin Gartrell ran nine times for 71 yards. Ferguson also completed three of three pass attempts for 20 yards, and caught a five-yard pass.
The two teams traded punts to start the game in a light rain. A good 39-yard Devil punt pushed the Trojans back to their 15. The Devil Defense stopped Tattnall short of a first down. The Trojans punted but a holding flag pushed the Devils pack to their 41. Willis rushed for ten yards, followed by Ferguson for six. On 3rd-&-3 Ferguson rushed for ten more to the Trojan 32. Three plays later, facing a 4th-&-4, Ferguson connected with Miles Parks for eight yards. Ferguson then powered through for 18 yards to the two. He scored on the next play to start the second quarter. The PAT kick failed, but the Devils led 6-0.
Another Trojan possession ended in another punt. The Devils took over at their 21. Willis ran down the right side for 16 yards. An eleven-yard run by Willis put the Devils at midfield. Ferguson passed seven yards to Zach Huffman. Ferguson took the snap from center, went right and was knocked out 38 yards llater at the four. Ferguson caught his breath and scored from there. The PAT pass failed with the Devils leading 12-0 at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter.
Neither team threatened the remainder of the first half, leaving the score 12-0 as the bands marched.
Both teams punted to end their first possessions of the second half. Thanks in part to a sack by Eummauel McCord, the Trojans punted from deep in their territory and the Devils took over at their 47. Gartrell twisted his way to the Trojan 19. Ferguson rushed into the endzone from there, but a holding penalty nullified the score. Ferguson and Willis took turns running the ball before Willis scored from the four with 3:19 left in the third. The PAT kick put the Devils up 19-0.
The Devil Defense continued their excellent efforts, forcing another punt. Gartrell rushed for 11 yards to the Trojan 34 but a fumble ended the drive. Tattnall finally gained a first down at the LC 35 but a group sack by the Devils pushed the Trojans back 12 yards on 4th-&-9.
Ferguson and Willis went to work, moving the Devils 54 yards on 12 plays. Ferguson ran the last three for his third touchdown of the night. The kick went wide, but the Devils led 25-0 with 4:29 remaining. The remainder of the game went quickly with a running clock.
The 2-1 Devils face a much tougher test this Friday when the undefeated Aquinas Irish come to Lincolnton. Aquinas has defeated larger schools Laney 33-6 and Harlem 16-13. The Irish won their region cross-over game 47-6 on September 6 before being off last Friday. They are currently ranked #6 in Class A Private by the AJC.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30. Go DEVILS!!