LINCOLNTON - Lincoln County's Red Devils whipped the undermanned Tigers from Greene County 48-19 in a Region 8-A Public game here last Friday.
The visitors from Greensboro dressed only 15 players due to injuries. The Devils led 35-6 after the first dozen minutes.
Lincoln County's task will be much harder this week as the Devils travel to Commerce to take on another set of Tigers. Commerce beat Washington-Wilkes 28-17 last Friday and is undefeated in region play. A Tiger win earns Commerce the 8-A Public region title while LC would finish third. A Devil win sets up a three-way-tie for first with LC, Commerce, and W-W.
Kickoff in Commerce is set for 8:00 Friday night. The Devils last visited Commerce in 2009 and came away with a 20-12 win. Commerce visited Lincolnton last year where the Devils won 21-17 in the playoffs. The Tigers are 8-1 this season with their sole loss coming to Athens Academy, a top 4 team in Class A Public.
Tevin Gartrell went around left end for 31 yards to the GC 35 to move the Devils into scoring position on the first drive of the game. Two plays later he scored on a 27-yard run. Tristan Tankersley booted the PAT for a seven point advantage with 9:25 left in the opening quarter.
The Tigers failed to gain a yard on their initial possession and punted to their 43. Colton Willis rushed for five yards. Reggie Reid broke through for 25 to the GC 13. Willis gained six more before Reid scored from the seven. Tankersley 's kick put the home team up 14-0 with 5:37 left in the first.
As happened a week earlier, the visiting team returned a kickoff for touchdown. This time the return was for 97 yards. The PAT kick went wide left, leaving the Devils up 14-6 with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.
Starting from their 35, Reid ran outside to the right edge and headed for the endzone. A defender caught him at the GC 3 only because he had an angle on him. Reid gained one on the next play. Gartrell scored from the two with 3:24 remaining in the quarter. The kick put the Devils up 21-6.
The Devil Defense stopped the Tigers for no gain on their next possession. Ray Adcock blocked the attempted punt and recovered the pigskin at the GC 2. Willis rushed for one yard before Johnny Wise scored on a one-yard run. The extra point team was again successful to extend the Devils' lead to 28-6 with 1:25 left in the first.
Miles Parks intercepted a Tiger pass at their 23. After Willis gained one, Wise scurried 22 yards untouched down the right side for Lincoln County's fifth touchdown of the quarter. The PAT kick put the Devils up 35-6 with no time left on the first quarter clock.
An 18-yard pass and an unsportsmanlike penalty helped Greene County move the football to the LC 35. Good pass defense work by Franklin Brown and Judson Beggs led to the Devils getting the ball back on downs at their 35. Gartrell sprinted for 25 yards and then 12 yards to reach the GS 22. Semaji Jenkins gained four. Josiah Jones ran for 18 and a touchdown with 5:15 left in the half. Tankersley's kick gave the Devils a 42-6 lead at the break.
With the clock running and Lincoln County using many second string and junior varsity players, the Tigers scored on a 47-yard pass midway the quarter. The PAT closed the gap to 42-13.
Demondre Booker rushed for nine yards to start the next drive. Four plays later he went untouched down the right side for 50 yards and a touchdown. The kick went wide left, leaving the Devils up 48-13 as the third quarter ended.
Helped by flags, Greene County scored on a four-yard run with 6:38 left in the game to close out the scoring and set the final margin at 48-19.
Gartrell rushed six times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Reggie Reid ran four times for 95 yards and one score.