2017-11-23 / Sports

Devils Almost Come Back Against Strong Irwin Co.


RED DEVIL QUARTERBACK JAVON REID RUNS THE BALLHe carried for 170 yards Friday and 1,109 for the season. RED DEVIL QUARTERBACK JAVON REID RUNS THE BALLHe carried for 170 yards Friday and 1,109 for the season. OCILLA – Lincoln County’s Red Devils almost pulled off a huge upset here last Friday, cutting Irwin County’s lead to six in the fourth before losing 28-14. With the loss in the second round of the playoffs, the Devils finished the season with a 7-5 record.

Senior quarterback Javon Reid rushed 19 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, he led the Devils with 1,109 yards rushing on 137 carries with a dozen touchdowns.

Jamal Norman rushed 11 times for 36 yards to add to this yearly total of 848 yards, 158 carries, and 12 TDs.

Gerard Hearst carried only once Friday, for 14 yards. For the season, hampered by a foot injury at times, he rushed for 700 yards on 110 car-

Reid completed three of 13 pass attempts for 43 yards. For 2017, he passed 127 times with 63 completions, and a dozen TDs.

GERARD HEARST CUTS RIGHT FOR EXTRA YARDAGE GERARD HEARST CUTS RIGHT FOR EXTRA YARDAGE Duke Roberts was the lead- ing receiver for the year with 38 receptions for 610 yards and six touchdowns. Antonio Williams caught eleven for 197 yards and four touchdowns.

Irwin County, along with Man- chester, is expected to play for the state championship in three weeks. The Indians rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries. On the night, over a dozen different backs carried the ball for the Indi- pass attempts for 39 yards and one interception. Lincoln County rushed for 214 yards on 33 plays, to total 257 yards to the Indians’ 290.

After Lincoln County failed to - session of the game, Irwin County returned the punt 28 yards to mid- at the LC 39 before giving up the pigskin at the LC 30 on downs.

Reid had runs of 22 and 21 yards Two plays later Reid ran for three yards to Wayne Wright to setup fourth-and-two just outside the two. Norman came up just short of the

Two long runs moved the In- Devil Defense stopped the drive. On fourth-and-11, Irwin County faked the punt and handed the ball to their most powerful running back. The Devils stopped him four yards shy of the line-to-make.

Lincoln County was unable to to the Indians at their 17. Irwin primarily kept the ball on the ground and drove the 83 yards in 12 plays. Their six-yard touchdown run came with 2:22 left before the half. They ran for two to lead 8-0.

The Indians recovered their on- sides kickoff at the LC 44. Irwin threw deep, but Reid intercepted and returned 45 yards. An illegal block penalty brought the ball back to the LC 25. A pass from Reid to Roberts gained 10. Reid was hit hard after an incomplete pass. On the next play his pass was intercepted and returned 15 yards to the LC 25. A holding penalty pushed the Indians back to the 32. Their running back broke two tackles on a 32-yard run to paydirt. Their two- point run failed, leaving the Indians up 14-0 with 1:14 before halftime.

The Devils’ secured the next short kickoff at their 44. Norman gained 11 yards on two runs. Reid threw deep three times with no success. Coach Kevin Banks raised concerns with the referee regarding the lack of interference calls given the play of the defenders. Reid connected with Antonio Williams over the middle for 25 yards as time ran out

The Indians returned the sec- ond half kickoff 10 yards before fumbling. The Devils recovered at Devils at the Irwin 43 with fourth- and-two. The Devils lost two on fourth down, turning the ball back to the home team. The Indians used eight yards out with 3:44 left in the third. The kick failed, but Irwin led 20-0.

Being down by 20, on the road, to one of the best teams in the state, would have led many teams to quit – but not a Lincoln County Red Devil team. Williams returned the ball about 20 yards to the LC 40. Reid kept the ball, got to the right side- line, and zoomed to the end zone. His 60-yard run came with 3:26 left in the third. William LeRoy’s kick cut the Indian advantage to 13, 20-7.

The Devil Defense forced a punt to end the Indians’ next drive. Start- ing from his 17, Hearst ran for 14 yards. Reid scrambled for 12 to the LC 42 as the third quarter ended. Norman and Reid rushed for 34 yards combined over six plays. A defensive offsides penalty gave the Devils second-and-four at the Indians for pass interference, re- Reid rushed for the touchdown from there. LeRoy’s kick with 7:55 left put the Devils within six points, 20-14.

The Indians returned the kickoff four-yard run, the Devils thought they had a fumble recovery but the Indian was called down. Irwin took over six minutes off the clock, driving 52 yards in 14 plays before scoring on a one-yard run. The PAT pass gave Irwin a commanding 28- 14 lead with 1:28 left in the contest.

The Devils were unable to move will host defending state champion

Stratford Academy was the only Region 7-A team to reach the quarterfinals this week. Washington- Wilkes, Aquinas, and First Presbyterian also lost last Friday.

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