It was a battle of Devils at Legion Field in Warrenton last Friday night.
The No. 1 ranked Lincoln County Red Devils, under the leadership of legendary coach Larry Campbell, visited the Warren County Screaming Devils and came away with a 28-7 region win before a packed house.
The loss halts a three-game win streak for Coach Lee Hutto's Screaming Devils. After capturing key wins over GMC, Aquinas and Monticello in consecutive weeks, the 21-point loss drops Warren County's overall record to 4-4 and its region mark to 3-2.
"Turnovers and big plays were the keys to this game," Coach Hutto said. "We turned the ball over three times that put us in bad situations. We gave up two big plays that really hurt us."
In rushing, the Red Devils amassed 188 yards on the ground on 40 carries, compared to 149 yards on 41 carries by Warren County.
"You cannot make mistakes against a great football team and expect to win. Lincoln County is that kind of team," Coach Hutto said.
Screaming Devil quarterback Tommy Seals was the team's leading rusher with 88 yards on 17 carries. He was followed by Quadrez Reese with 41 yards on 15 carries, Devarrus Reynolds with 11 yards on five carries, and Quamaine Walker with nine yards on four attempts.
Lincoln County put the first points on the board on the very first play of the game. On the opening kickoff, Red Devil Rontae Norman fielded the ball on his 25-yard line, and in turn, scampered 75 yards on a long return for six points. The PAT by Lance Tarver made the score 7-0 with only 14 seconds elapsed off the clock in the opening period.
Reese put the Screaming Devils on the scoreboard at the 9:22 mark of the second quarter on a short 1 yard run for a touchdown. Ivory Story's extra point tied the score at 7-7.
Lincoln County then scored three unanswered second half touchdowns to put the finishing touches on the win. At the 8:48 mark of the third quarter, Ricardo Norman raced 60 yards for a touchdown. Tarver's conversion made the score 14-7.
With 9:25 remaining in the game, Red Devil Brandon Bearden scored Lincoln County's third touchdown of the game from the 1 yard line. Tarver's kick made the score 21-7. Then, with only two seconds remaining in the contest, Rontae Norman intercepted a Seals pass and scampered 20 yards for Lincoln County's fourth touchdown. Tarver's PAT made the final score 28-7.
The Screaming Devils will travel to Wilkinson County this Friday night in a very important region matchup.
"Currently, we are tied for fourth place in the region," Coach Hutto said. "If we win, we are in the state playoffs."
Warren County 7, Lincoln County 28
Star of the Game: Sophomore Offensive Guard Johnathan Lewis played a superb game for the Screaming Devils trying to open up holes and avenues for the offensive backfield.
Play of the Game: Rontae Norman's 75-yard kickoff return for Lincoln County on the first play of the game set the tone for the No. 1 ranked Red Devils.
Up next: The Screaming Devils will travel to Wilkinson County for a key region game. If Warren County wins, they head to the state playoffs.