Lincoln County quickly reminded Aquinas Friday night that the Red Devils still ruled Buddy Bufford Field on Homecoming Night.
A flea-flicker pass on the Devils' first play gained 55 yards, and a 15-yard run by CJ Norman on the next play gave Lincoln a lead only 40 seconds into the game and it never looked back.
After forcing a punt, the Devils marched down the field 85 yards on 15 plays with Gavin Williams going up-and-over from the 1 for the TD. Chase McGill's PAT gave Lincoln a 14-0 lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter.
Aquinas, previously unbeaten in 5 games, simply had not been hit as hard this season as the Irish were Friday night. Aquinas threatened on its next possession, but a fumble started the Devils at their 23 early in the second quarter. QB Cord Coppin made good decisions on the drive, running for 15 and passing to Brandon Barden for 30 yards. Gavin Williams ended the drive with a 12-yard TD dash with 8:51 left in the half.
The Devils added a fourth TD late in the third quarter when Coppin found Barden open in the endzone for 8 yards and a 27-0 lead.
Aquinas brought their biggest crowd in many, many years to The Bud, but they were awfully quiet by halftime. Some tailgated a bit too long, and their team was down by 14 before the visitors got to their seats.
LCHS totally dominated the first half, rolling up 16 first downs and 356 yards of offense while holding the Irish to a scant 12. The final numbers, even with the Devils clearing the bench in the fourth quarter, showed the Devils' strength: 523-52 in yards and 23-5 in first downs.
Coppin, Williams, and Steven Brown had their best numbers of the season. Coppin completed 10 of 15 passes for 208 yards with 1 TD. Williams ran 18 times for 111 yards and two TDs. Brown caught 5 of Coppin's passes for 133 yards, plus 2 Irish passes for interceptions.
And Larry Campbell still has not lost a Homecoming Game, a winning streak now at 33 years.
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