Lincoln County High School’s Falcons came from behind for a win in the final seconds in action on the road in Lebanon Friday night.
Trailing 25-23, the Falcons took over at the Blue Devils’ 43 yard line. Six plays later, Logan Wheat split the uprights for a 24-yard field goal with 11 seconds on the clock for what would be the game winner. The Falcons recovered a squib kick with seven seconds remaining in the game to seal the win, 26-25.
LCHS is now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in district play.
Lebanon had the size advantage and played physical football. But, trailing 19-9 at the break, the Falcons continued to battle, overcoming four turnovers.
“The guys played hard and never quit,” said Coach Don Thomas. “We’ve still got a lot of things to clean up and mistakes to correct, but we believe in these players, and they believe in each other.
“We didn’t match up size wise in a lot of areas, but our guys fought through it – it was a night for the Falcons to overcome.”
Lincoln County was first to put points on the board as quarterback Keller Monks hooked up with Josh Whitaker from 54 yards out. Logan Wheat’s kick was good, and with 8:02 on the clock, the Falcons were up 7-0.
Jack Cooter gave Lincoln County its first safety of the season, bringing down Taye Davis in his own end zone, and with 6:01 in the first, the Falcons were up, 9-0.
But, from that point, it was the Blue Devils who put the points on the board, scoring with 1:17 in the first and twice in the second period at the 8:03 mark and with 57 seconds remaining in the half. At the intermission, the Falcons trailed, 19-9.
Late in the third period, August Hill carried it in from 7 yards out. The score capped off an 8-play, 68-yard drive. Wheat’s kick was good, and with 2:36 in the third, Lebanon was up 19-16.
But, a turnover gave the Blue Devils prime field position at the Falcon 23 yard line. With 10:06 in the fourth, Lebanon scored and expanded its lead, 25-15.
Lincoln County started at its own 18-yard line. Seven plays later, Ryan Golden pushed it in from 10 yards out. Wheat’s kick was good, and with 3:46 remaining in the game, the Falcons trailed, 25-23.
LCHS held the Devils the following series, forcing a punt. Josh Whitaker made a return deep into Lebanon territory, but a penalty moved the ball back to the 43-yard line.
It took five plays for Lincoln County to move inside the 10 yard line. On the sixth play, Wheat nailed his 24 yarder for the win with 11 ticks on the clock.
Offensively, LCHS finished with 203 yards on the ground and 99 in the air, picking up 18 first downs. Golden finished with 90 yards in 16 tries with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble. Hill had 14 carries for 56 yards, 1 score and 2 fumbles. Whitaker had 1 carry for 40 yards; Jack Cooter, 2 for 11; Tyler Bennett, 1 for 4; Drey Dollar, 1 for 3; and Tanner Gardner, 1 for 2.
Passing, Monks was 5 of 14 for 99 yards with 1 score and 1 interception. Whitaker had 1 catch for 54 yards and a score; Hill, 3 for 28; and Brandon Gower had a catch for 17 yards.
Defensively, the Falcons gave up 150 yards on the ground and 70 in the air, giving up 15 first downs. Jack Cooter led with 16 tackles; Quamaine Humphrey, Robert Swart and T.J. Crabtree, 5; Jarrett Johnson and Xavier Schleuter, 4; Tyler Bennett, Jacob Lamb, Tommy Sanders and Ethan Warren, 3; Josh Whitaker and Ryan Hall had 2.
For their next action, the Falcons return to district play, hosting Columbia Friday at 7 p.m. The Lions come into the match-up with a 3-1 record with wins over Lawrence County (34-28), Dickson County (21-16) and Coffee County (35-0) but a loss to Marshall County this past Friday night, 35-28.