2017-10-05 / Sports

Devils Lose to Tigers After Last-Minute Rally Fails

JOHNNY WALTONtradition@
reddevils.com

GERARD HEARST LEAVES THE TIGERS BEHINDHe GERARD HEARST LEAVES THE TIGERS BEHINDHe Lincoln County’s three-game winning streak against its arch-rival Washington-Wilkes came to an end in Washington last Friday night when the Tigers intercepted a pass in the a 22-14 victory. The Red Devils lead the 95-year-old series 39-36-6.

The loss gives Lincoln County a disappointing 1-4 record. This loss was their fourth in a row. The Devils last lost four consecutive games in 2001 when they lost games three through six. Those Devils then won losing in the second round of the playoffs to end 6-6.

The Devils travel to Sparta this Friday to play Hancock Central. With the divisional loss to Washington- Wilkes, winning this Friday is al- most essential to the Devils having a chance to make the playoffs this year. The Bulldogs are having a disap-

The W-W game was sloppy. The walked off for 165 yards, and several more declined. Most of those were against the home team. The umpire took a hard hit late in the second quarter.

Lincoln County’s three turnovers were critical. Two were inside the W-W 20 to end scoring opportunities, and the other was at the LC 16 and led to a W-W touchdown. seven passes for 95 yards, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Javon Reid ended the game with came in the end zone in the final seconds of the game. Reid rushed 12 times for 88 yards. Gerard Hearst carried nine times for 49 yards, and caught two passes for 41 yards.

Tiger QB Donovan Anthony led opening possession. He completed an yards to the LC 16. The sophomore Malik Hall on a screen pass over the middle that went for 32 yards and a touchdown. The Devil Defense had - tempts. On the PAT, the Tigers lined up with most players way off from the pigskin, and Donovan pushed over for two points. Washington-Wilkes period.

Two Tigers were required to tackle Hearst on Lincoln County’s first possession when the senior ran for 23 yards to the Tiger 30. The drive at the 29. After the fourth down pass fell incomplete in the end zone, a Tiger was ejected for a serious personal foul.

After the personal foul penalty was Wright intercepted the Tigers next pass at the LC 42. Hearst ran for for 15. One play later Reid found Hearst open on the sideline. Hearst scampered 34 yards to score. Reid ran for the extra points to tie the contest at

The two rivals each exchanged punts until freshman Corey Danner played. Anthony passed four yards to Deondre Lester with three minutes the Tigers a 16-8 advantage over the Red Devils.

Washington-Wilkes successfully executed an onsides kick, getting the Tiger penalties pushed the home Hall connected again, this time for 48 yards to the LC 5. However the huge gain was nullified since the The Tigers punted the Devils to their 11. gaining 25 himself. After a penalty, Reid connected with Wright for 11


TIGERS DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO TURN TO CATCH UP WITH JAVON REID. The Red Devils will continue their three-game road trip this Friday at Hancock Central. TIGERS DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO TURN TO CATCH UP WITH JAVON REID. The Red Devils will continue their three-game road trip this Friday at Hancock Central. On the third play of the second - came two defenders and caught a 51- - also caught a pass for the Devils

The Tigers drove 46 yards on their Devils. Lincoln County mishandled

the LC 16. Donovan passed to Brock Jackson on the next play to extend the Tigers’ lead. The PAT run failed, quarter.

The cheering of the fans on the home side was quickly silenced when two and zoomed through the Tiger in the third. The PAT run came up

eight points, 22-14.

After more punts, the Tigers moved

snared a Tiger pass at the LC 48. Reid, on a nine-yard run and on a only touchdown against W-W. the contest.

for 39 yards to the LC 36. A penalty hampered the drive, with the Tigers

this time for a 25-yard pass to the LC 38. Reid ran for nine and then 12. A personal foul penalty tacked on 15 with 54 seconds left.

only 26 seconds left. Reid then ran

Tigers intercepted the next pass in the end zone with three seconds left. The Tigers won 22-14.

The two teams ended tied in yards gained from scrimmage at 313.

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