Devils Stymie Best Rusher in State, Pound Towns 42-13

October 02, 2021

LINCOLNTON - Tevin Gartrell was named the Homecoming King before the game, and then proceeded to conquer the Indians with ten carries for 192 yards and three touchdowns. The Devils won their first region contest 43-12 and improved their season record to 4-2.

The senior running back has rushed for 720 yards and eight TDs in six games. With 78 carries, he is averaging 9.23 yards per attempt.

Towns' Kyle Oakes came into the contest as the leading rusher in Class A Public with 883 yards in five games. Friday night, he was the only Towns rusher. He carried 27 times for 124 yards. That's 50 yards less than his average.

Trey Huff rushed three times for 30 yards and a score, completed four of seven pass attempts for 73 yards, and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. Franklin Brown led the receivers with two catches for 43 yards. Semaji Jenkins rushed for 42 yards on eight carries and one TD.

After their three hour trip from the mountains to Lincolnton, the Indians started the game with a bit of trickery. The onside kickoff was recovered by Ray Adcock midfield. On 3rd-&-10, Jenkins managed to get his toes just inbounds for a 19-yard pass from Huff. Gartrell took the handoff and went left side untouched to start the scoring. Cameron Miller booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead just 94 seconds into the game.

Lincoln County's excellent punting by Judson Beggs pushed Towns back to their 21. The Indians grabbed two first downs before barely making a first at the LC 45. The Devil Defense and a penalty forced an Indian punt to the LC 19.

Gartrell got loose for 36 yards to the Towns 42. The drive fizzled with Beggs booming a 45-yard punt. The Indians muffed the reception with the Red Devils recovering at the TC 19. Huff burst for seven yards. Gartrell went left, evaded one tackler near the five, and scored on a 12-yard run. Miller's kick lifted the Devils to a 14-0 advantage with 6:51 left before the Homecoming Queen would be crowned.

Facing 3rd-&-9, the Indians attempted a pass, but LC QB Huff proved he could catch as well as throw. He snagged the interception at the TC 45 and rambled into the endzone for a touchdown. The kick veered left, but the Devils led 20-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the half.

A 30-yard kickoff return started the Indians' next possession off well at their 44. Towns completed a pass about 20 yards downfield, and the chase was on. The Devil Defenders caught the receiver at the two. Oakes scored from there with 4:23 left. The PAT run failed, leaving the Devils ahead 20-6.

Gartrell took the handoff and twisted away from Indians twice on a 37-yard run to the Towns 26. A pass from Huff to Zellars gained 11 to the 14. Miller booted a 30-yard field goal with 90 seconds left in the half. Lincoln County led 23-6.

Three passes moved the Indians into the red zone at the LC 19. The next four pass attempts were all incomplete to end the threat with thirty seconds remaining. Lincoln County led 23-6 at the break.

On the opening drive of the second half, Oakes scampered for 42 yards to the LC 21. Six plays later he scored on a seven-yard run midway the third. The PAT run was stopped, leaving the score 23-12.

Zellars rushed for three to the LC 38 to start their next possession. Huff-to-Brown gained 14. Gartrell went right with Donald Owens blocking. The speedster scored 48 yards later. Miller's kick with 5:25 left in the third increased the Devils' lead to 30-12.

The Devil Defense stopped the Indians at midfield, forcing a punt. From their 20, two Jenkins runs gained 13. Franklin Brown caught a 29-yard pass from Huff while sitting on the grass at the TC 43. Zellars rushed for five before a fumble lost 10 yards. Zellars broke four tackles on a 23-yard gain. Huff called his own number, squirted through the line and forced himself into the end zone. Miller's kick was through the uprights with 11:14 left. The Devils led 37-12.

Three runs by Oakes gained only eight and caused another punt. Runs of nine and 12 by Josiah Claxton-Jones setup a 24-yard scoring scamper by Jenkins. The kick was blocked, but the Devils led 43-12 with 4:21 left. The remaining time ran off quickly as the GHSA's 30-point mercy rules became active.

The Red Devils ran 37 offensive plays for 400 yards. The visitors snapped the ball 49 times for 254 yards.

In the first week of Region 8-A Public competition, Washinton-Wilkes pounded Social Circle 40-6 and Commerce whipped Greene County 35-7. This week, Towns County visits Commerce, and a Tiger fight will erupt in Washington when Greene County arrives.

This Friday the Devils travel down I-20 to play the Redskins in Social Circle. The Walton County school is 3-3 overall and 0-1 in Region 8-A Public. The Redskins have scored 116 points this season, but allowed 115. Kickoff is at 7:30 at the stadium at the high school on Alcova Drive. The Devils last played in Social Circle across town at "the Graveyard" twenty years ago.

THE STATS
Stat - LC - TC
First Downs - 15 - 11
Rushing - 30/327 - 27/124
Passing - 4/7/73/0 - 14/22/130/1
Punting - 2/44.5 - 5/30.0
Penalties - 6/30 - 3/21
Fumbles/Lost - 2/0 - 1/0