2007-11-22 / Sports

Devils clip Eagles' wings, now head to Bremen

By T.J. CARANI

DANIEL MORRIS MAKES A FLYING TACKLE ON A LANDMARK EAGLE The Devil Defense held its first-round opponent to just two touchdowns last Friday. DANIEL MORRIS MAKES A FLYING TACKLE ON A LANDMARK EAGLE The Devil Defense held its first-round opponent to just two touchdowns last Friday. "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."

These words were spoken by Winston Churchill during his first speech as the British Prime Minister in 1940. Sixty-seven years later, these words are repeated after the Lincoln County Red Devils earned a 36-15 victory over Landmark Christian Academy's War Eagles. The victory was a huge one, which placed the Red Devils in line to play against Bremen.

The first quarter began with the Devils kicking off to the War Eagles…or so it seemed. A cleverly executed and recovered onsides kick put the Red Devils in possession of the ball on Landmark's 45-yard line. A powerful pass from Austin Goldman to A.G. Middlebrooks put the Devils on the 22-yard line and well within scoring range. This drive seemed like an unstoppable touchdown in progress at first, but was stopped and forced Vance Tarver to kick a 21-yard field goal placing the Devils in the lead 3-0. The War Eagles were hunted out in the first drive and punted to the Red Devils. A.G. Middlebrooks flewmuch faster than any Eagle and scored the first touchdown of the game after a 60-yard run. Tarver kicked the extra point and moved the score to 10-0.

TONY WELLS RACES DOWNFIELD AFTER CATCHING AN AUSTIN GOLDMAN PASS The 56-yard play set up Lincoln County's final touchdown -  for the third time. TONY WELLS RACES DOWNFIELD AFTER CATCHING AN AUSTIN GOLDMAN PASS The 56-yard play set up Lincoln County's final touchdown - for the third time. The War Eagles were able to get in a touchdown after several unsuccessful drives. This didn't stack up to the two touchdowns scored by the Red Devils before the half ended. The first of these two touchdowns was scored by Jamareon Green when he caught a pass from Goldman inside the end zone less than two minutes into the quarter. The second touchdown was scored several minutes later by A.G. Middlebrooks when he ran nearly 80 yards for the touchdown. A PAT kick by Tarver moved the score to 23-7, where it remained until the second quarter and the first half.

In another speech, Winston Churchill said that "success is not final… it is the courage to continue that counts." And continue the Red Devils did. The first part of the third quarter was ruled by short runs and punting to end a drive. One of these punts, near the middle of the quarter, put the War Eagles on their own 3-yard line. The Eagles were held there and punted to the Devils. The ball was recovered on the Landmark 27-yard line. After a rough drive, Jamareon Green scored the touchdown from the one-yard line, moving the score to 30-7. The next time the Devils scored was in the fourth quarter. The first score of the drive was a touchdown pass to Jafabian Green, which was called back by the officials on a holding penalty. This didn't hurt the Devils too badly, as a few plays later A.G. Middlebrooks carried the ball 51 yards for another touchdown…but it was called back on another penalty. Another short time passed and Tony Wells caught a pass from Goldman and carried it 56 yards to the 5-yard line, where Dechane Willis finally scored a touchdown the officials were happy with, taking the score to 36-7. The War Eagles made one more swipe, scoring on an 8-yard pass later in the half, but it wasn't enough. The final score was 36-15. This week's game will be held away against Bremen, beginning at 7:30.

VANCE TARVER BOOTS A 21-YARDER THAT WAS THE FIRST SCORE OF THE GAME. He also, as usual, added several PATs as the Red Devils moved past Landmark Christian. VANCE TARVER BOOTS A 21-YARDER THAT WAS THE FIRST SCORE OF THE GAME. He also, as usual, added several PATs as the Red Devils moved past Landmark Christian. How to get there ...

The last time Lincoln County played the Bremen Blue Devils was in the playoffs in 2002 and Our Boys secured a commanding 39-15 victory. This time it's at their place and Red Devil fans have a long way to go in support of their team.

From Lincolnton, go to Thomson and get on Interstate 20 West. Go 161 miles to exit 11. Stay in the right lane (because of construction) when approaching the exit and then, at the end of the ramp, take a right at the light onto U.S. Highway 27 (Georgia Hwy. 1). At the next light there will be a Waffle House - take a right again and go past Subway, Ingles, and Pizza Hut (about two miles). Right after passing Hardee's, on the left will be a big BB&T bank building - at that point take a right onto Laurel Street and go two blocks to Georgia Avenue. The school will be straight ahead. The football field is directly behind the school.

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