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Lincoln County High School’s Falcons took a tough out-of-district loss Friday night, falling to the 6-A Franklin High School, 27-6.
The Rebels brought a good football team, but LCHS didn’t execute, making mistakes at critical times that gave the visitors the breaks they needed. The Falcons would be flagged 10 times by the buzzer.
LCHS is now 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the district.
Lincoln County trailed 7-0 late in the second period, but a turnover gave the Rebels the ball at their own 47-yard line with 1:28 remaining in the half. Moving the ball in the air, Franklin scored seven plays later from the 12-yard line. Jarrett Johnson blocked the extra point attempt, and the Rebels went into the break up 13-0.
That momentum carried into the second half.
“We took ourselves out of the game,” Falcon Coach Don Thomas said. “Penalties and poor execution came at critical times. We didn’t tackle well at times and make the stops when we had to have them.
“We did play hard and with class,” he added. “Our seniors are doing a great job with character and leadership.
“But, it’s a game we’ve got to learn from and put behind us,” Thomas continued. “We can’t change the outcome last Friday night. We’ve got a critical district game with Lawrence County here Friday night, and we’ve got to be ready to play.”
The Rebels took the opening possession of the third quarter down the field, going 64 yards in seven plays, scoring on a pass from the six. The kick was good, and Franklin was up, 20-0, with 8:46 in the third.
Lincoln County answered their following possession with a strong running game. The Falcons went 63 yards in 8 plays. Ryan Golden pushed it in from the one. Logan Wheat’s kick was blocked, and with 5:29, it was a 20-6 ball game.
The Rebels took their next possession at their own 26-yard line. Franklin pushed it in from the four for the final score of the night, capping off a 12-play, 74-yard drive. The kick was good, and the Rebels had the win.
The Falcons finished with 154 yards on the ground and 37 in the air for a total of 191 yards. August Hill had 100 yards in 15 carries. It was Hill’s fourth 100-plus yard game of the season, and Ryan Golden was 14 for 57 yards.
Passing, Keller Monks was 6 of 17 for 37 yards and 1 interception. Josh Whitaker had 4 catches for 21 yards; Ryan Golden, 1 for 12 yards; and Shelton Smith, 1 for 14 yards.
Defensively, LCHS gave up 188 yards on the ground and 113 in the air for a total of 301 yards. Jack Cooter finished with 10 tackles; Ryan Hall and Xavier Schlueter, 7; Quamaine Humphrey, Tyler Bennett and T.J. Crabtree, 6; Josh Whitaker and Ethan Warren, 3; Jacob Lamb, Robert Swart and Jarrett Johnson, 2.
For their next action, Lincoln County returns to district play, hosting Lawrence County Friday night. The ‘Cats come to town with a 4-2 record with losses to Columbia, 34-28, and Giles County, 30-10, and with wins over Hardin County, 49-28, Loretto, 35-17, Coffee County, 42-21, and Spring Hill, 49-28.