Devils Run Past Hancock, Stay in Playoff Hunt

October 08, 2017

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 436 yards and one TD.

Norman had runs of 12 and 15 yards, with Hearst bolting for nine and 13, to quickly move the Devils to the HC 10 on the first possession of the game. Two penalties cost the Devils ten before Reid scrambled 20 yards for the first score of the evening. 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 14-0 lead with 2:34 left in the first 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, running 22 yards for 1st-and-goal at the 5. Gerard then scored from there with 6:14 left in the half. The PAT gave the Devils a 21-0 lead.

The home team managed two first 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 endzone 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 30 on their first drive of the second 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 to near midfield. Norman gained 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 6-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, rushing five times for a total of 43 yards. The last five was for a touchdown 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 provided the final score, 49-0.

The Devil Defense also had one of its best performances this season as it held the Bulldogs to 76 yards and only five first downs. The defenders also intercepted three Hancock passes.The Bulldogs did not cross the Devils' 30 yardline.

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.

Playoff participation and seeding is determined by the GHSA Power Points system, with region champions seeded first. At this point of the season, one unofficial Power Points list has the Red Devils making the playoffs as the 24th seed. A win in Warrenton will improve the Red Devils' playoff possibilities.