They say defense wins games, and that was certainly true Friday night in Brunswick when Lincoln County stopped McIntosh County Academy time after time.
The key stop came late in the third quarter when the Devil Defense stopped the quick MCA quarterback twice on quarterback sneaks for no gain at the MCA 35. The second try was on fourth down, giving our Devils to ball in great field position. Gavin Williams gained 9 yards on two running plays before Cord Coppin went left on a bootleg and skirted the sidelines for a 6-0 Devil lead. Chase McGill's PAT put the Devils up 7-0 with 2:27 left in the third.
The Devil D stopped MCA again on their next possession, and Taveras Stokes returned their punt 53 yards to paydirt with 11:44 left in the game.
Lincoln County dominated the first half, but had no points to show at halftime. Brandon Barden caught a Coppin pass and outran the Buc secondary 58 yards to the endzone, but a blocking penalty cut the gain short. Big Red ran 39 offensive plays in the first half to only 14 for MCA, and led first half time of possession nearly 2-to-1. Only two of the Devils' possessions started on the Lincoln side of the 50.
McIntosh's quick athletes had scored 74 points on its previous two playoff opponents, but only got into LC territory twice during the game, on their last two possessions. The Bucs got as close as a first down at the LC 7, but four plays gained not an inch against our Devils.
The victory proved costly to the Devils, as lead receiver Steven Brown suffered a knee injury and is out indefinitely.
The Devils are currently 100-23 in the playoffs, including 29-10 on the road during The Campbell Years. Only fabled Valdosta has more GHSA playoff wins with 110; the Wildcats lost to Walton High Friday night.
Lincoln County will make its record-setting sixth appearance in the Georgia Dome Friday morning at 9:00 against old nemesis Clinch County.
Special Thanks to Glynn County!
On behalf of many Lincoln County fans, we want to thank the Glynn County Schools for hosting the MCA game at their fine Glynn County Stadium. That facility is one of the best we've ever played in. From the field to the stands to the lighting, overall the Stadium is one of the best in Georgia.
We particularly want to thank Athletic Director Scott Spence and Stadium staff Jimmie Amos and Richard Lott for their courtesy and cooperation. These gentlemen and other Glynn County staff went beyond the call of duty to make sure Lincoln County fans had an enjoyable experience.
These fine folks could give lessons to some of the Georgia Dome staff on how a facility should be operated. -- Tradition