2017-10-12 / Sports

Devils run past Hancock, stay in playoff hunt

By JOHNNY WALTON tradition@reddevils.us


JAMAL NORMAN BLASTS THROUGH THE LINE IN A RECENT RED DEVILS FOOTBALL GAME. He carried 15 time for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Hancock Central last Friday night. JAMAL NORMAN BLASTS THROUGH THE LINE IN A RECENT RED DEVILS FOOTBALL GAME. He carried 15 time for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Hancock Central last Friday night. SPARTA – Lincoln County’s Red Devils rushed for 341 yards and six touchdowns as they muzzled the Hancock Central Bulldogs 49-0 here last Friday night.

Gerard Hearst and Jamal Norman led the rushing attack. Hearst ran for 106 yards on eleven carries with one TD, while Norman carried 15 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Riccardo Hawes added 71 yards on seven carries in the second half.

Javon Reid completed three of five pass attempts for 46 yards and a touchdown. He also ran nine times for 59 yards and a TD. Monquavious Leverett was the leading receiver with two catches for 36 yards and one TD.

Norman had runs of 12 and 15 yards, with Hearst bolting for nine and 13, to quickly move the Devils of the game. Two penalties cost the Devils 10 before Reid scrambled 20 - ning. William LeRoy’s kick gave the Devils a 7-0 advantage three minutes into the game.

Three plays lost the Bulldogs a yard, forcing a punt. It was off to the land races again, with Reid running for 18 and Hearst 19. Norman went through the middle barely touched for 20 yards for the touchdown. The PAT kick was good by LeRoy for a quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Kevon Franklin intercepted a pass and returned the pigskin 18 yards to the HC 47. Hearst had the big gainer, at the 5. Gerard then scored from there with 6:14 left in the half. The PAT gave the Devils a 21-0 lead.

downs before the Devil defenders stopped the Bulldog QB short on fourth down at the LC 38. After a sack and an 11-yard pass from Reid to Leverett, Reid rambled for 36 yards to the HC 25. Two plays later, Reid found Leverett open in the left front corner of the end zone for 25 yards and the fourth touchdown of the evening. LeRoy booted the PAT with 22 seconds left in the half. The Devils led 28-0 at halftime.

The Bulldogs drove to the LC half, but that was the closest they would get for the entire game. The Devil Defense and two penalties pushed Hancock back to the LC 42 before Reggie Reid snared an interception and returned 15 yards 13 yards on two runs before Hearst broke two tackles and powered for 17 yards to the 23. Three plays later Reid passed to Antonio Williams, who made a good run after the catch to extend the play to a 10-yard gain. Two plays later Norman went off left center for a six-yard TD run. The kick was good and the Devils led 35-0 with 3:49 remaining.

The Devils got the ball again after forcing a Bulldog punt toward the end of the third quarter. Hawes became the primary ball carrier, rush- with 10:47 left in the game.

With the clock running under GHSA mercy rules, Franklin grabbed his second INT of the evening at the HC 31. Colton Willis rushed for 12 yards, coming up just short of the goal-line. Leverett rushed in from the one with 4:12 left in the contest. LeRoy’s kick

The Devil Defense also had one of its best performances this season as it held the Bulldogs to 76 yards and - ers also intercepted three Hancock passes.The Bulldogs did not cross the Devils’ 30 yard line.

The Red Devils have never lost to Hancock Central.

This Friday Lincoln County will make the short trip to Warren County to face the winless Screaming Devils. Warren County is the Red Devils’ most frequent rival, but is having a down year under former Red Devil player Cherard Freeman. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

With the victory over Hancock, the Devils improve to 2-4 and remain in the playoff hunt. Lincoln County is currently tied with Greene County with 1-1 Region 7-A Division B marks. The Devils host those Tigers in two weeks. Aquinas and Washington-Wilkes are tied for first place with 2-0 divisional records; they also meet October 20.


RICARDO HAWES RAN FOR 71 YARDS IN THE SECOND HALF. This Friday night the Red Devils will visit Warren County. RICARDO HAWES RAN FOR 71 YARDS IN THE SECOND HALF. This Friday night the Red Devils will visit Warren County. Playoff participation and seeding is determined by the GHSA Power Points system, with region champion list has the Red Devils making the playoffs as the 24th seed. A win in Warrenton will improve the Red Devils’ playoff possibilities.

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