2007-11-15 / Sports

Devils demolish GMC 48-0; playoffs begin Friday

AUSTIN GOLDMAN SPRINTS OUT LEFT LOOKING FOR A RECEIVER The Red Devils will enter the state playoffs on the road against Landmark Christian this weekend. AUSTIN GOLDMAN SPRINTS OUT LEFT LOOKING FOR A RECEIVER The Red Devils will enter the state playoffs on the road against Landmark Christian this weekend. Malcolm S. Forbes, a renowned American businessman, once said, "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." These words found a true home in the hearts of Red Devils fans everywhere last week, when the mighty Devils won 48-0 against GMC in Lincoln County's homecoming game. This comes after a crushingly close defeat against Twiggs last week, and ties the Region standings going into the playoffs.

The trouble is, that tie threw the region seeding for the state playoffs into the hands of the rules makers at the Georgia High School Association and after all the dust had settled, Lincoln County ended up as a No. 3 seed for post-season play despite its 9-1 record, test best in the region.

The bad news is, that means Red Devils and fans will have to travel for the duration of the 2007 playoff run with virtually no hope of playing a game at home. The good news is, the bracket they fell into is probably the best one the Devils could have hoped for in terms of the strength of potential opponents. (See the accompanying brackets on this page.)

JAMAREON GREEN CUTS BACK TOWARD OPEN GROUND He carried for 43 yards against the GMC Bulldogs. JAMAREON GREEN CUTS BACK TOWARD OPEN GROUND He carried for 43 yards against the GMC Bulldogs. The first quarter last Friday began with the GMC Bulldogs in possession of the ball. They made an attempt at an offensive drive, but simply couldn't match the Red Devil defense, with Ronnell Ferguson making an amazing sack, which forced the visiting team to punt to the Devils. Jamareon Green, A.G. Middlebrooks, and Jafabian Green were the biggest gainers in the drive, carrying it in from GMC's 44 yard line for the game's first touchdown. A kick by Vance Tarver put the score at a comfortable 7-0.

GMC once again punted after a short, mostly losing, drive. The Red Devils' next series placed them twenty yards away from the goal line when Middlebrooks carried the ball the entire distance for another touchdown. Once again, Tarver scored the extra point.

GMC's next drive was again short lived, with Jafabian Green running an interception in for another touchdown on the second play of the drive.

WILKES GOOLSBY KEEPS HIS EYE ON THE BALL AS GOLDMAN'S PASS COMES IN He had four receptions for 50 yards in last Friday's season finale against GMC. WILKES GOOLSBY KEEPS HIS EYE ON THE BALL AS GOLDMAN'S PASS COMES IN He had four receptions for 50 yards in last Friday's season finale against GMC. The second quarter went very similarly, with Dechayne Willis carrying an interception in for the fourth touchdown of the game. The half ended with a score of 27-0. The momentum just carried on through the second half. Middlebrooks carried in the next touchdown in the third quarter, cementing the Devils' control of the scoreboard with a score of 34-0. The half was once again dominated by the Devils. The defense continued the shutout that has become a characteristic of our team this year.

The third quarter saw GMC turning the ball over even after an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Red Devils put them ten yards closer to the goal than at the beginning of the drive. This came right before a facemask penalty was called, also against the Red Devils. The two penalties weren't enough to keep the Devils down, and the Bulldogs punted the ball to the Red Devils on their own 26 yard line. The drive illustrated the raw power behind the Red Devils' offense, as the ball was guided into the end zone by fiveimpressive running plays and a nearly perfect pass to Jamareon Green, who was stopped on the 7-yard line. Josh Sims carried in the touchdown, which put the score at 40-0. Vance Tarver scored the extra point with a powerful kick.

This initiated the GHSA "rout rule," something that happened several times for the Red Devils earlier in the season. The clock wasn't stopped in the fourth quarter because of the "rout rule." A final touchdown late in the game sealed the envelope for the Red Devils, with the final score being 48-0.

The Red Devils will face Land- mark Christian Academy in Fairburn (just off I-85 southwest of Atlanta) at 7:30 this Friday night.

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