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Lincoln County High School’s Falcons picked up a homecoming win over Coffee County Friday night. LCHS won over the Red Raiders, 21-0.
Coffee County came to town looking for their first win of the season. The Falcons improved their record to 2-6 with district match-ups of Franklin County and Shelbyville remaining in the wings. Lincoln County’s strength of schedule has been tough, matching up with three top ten teams. Their playoff hopes remain alive, pending the outcome of their next two games.
Currently in District 8-AAA standings, Columbia leads at 5-0; Franklin County and Tullahoma, 2-1; Lincoln County, 1-2; Shelbyville, 1-3; and Lawrence County, 0-4.
Friday night the tone was set early as turnovers plagued the Raiders. It was Coffee County’s first scoreless ball game of the season.
“We had a good performance,” Coach Don Thomas said of his Falcons. “We left some points on the field in the first half, but overall it was a team effort.
“Our special teams played well, and the seniors took charge and responsibility of the game,” Coach Thomas added. “Defensively, we held Deangelo Rozier to 54 yards. He’s had single runs in most games that long.
“We’ve got a big district game Friday night,” he continued. “We’re out for fall break, but we’ll work every day to get ready for Franklin County.”
In Coffee County’s opening possession, the ball was snapped over the head of quarterback Peyton Meeker and was recovered by Lincoln County at the 28 yard line. Four plays later, the Falcons had points on the board as Tradarius Christian carried it in from the 12 yard line. Stephen Miller’s kick was good, and with 8:49 in the first quarter, the Falcons were up, 7-0.
On the following kickoff, again the Raiders coughed up the ball, giving Lincoln County field position at the 20 yard line. But, Lincoln County had to settle for a 31-yard field goal attempt that missed its mark.
In their third possession of the game, the Raiders went three and out. The Falcons fielded the punt and started at their own 39 yard line. Nine plays later, Kevin Galloway pounded it in from the two, and Miller’s kick was good. With 31 ticks on the clock, the Falcons were up, 14-0.
Early in the second period, Coffee County started at their own 29 yard line. The Raiders ate better than six minutes off the clock but turned the ball over on downs at the Falcons’ 10 yard line.
Lincoln County moved the ball within field goal range before the half. Miller’s attempt again from 31 yards was blocked. After a lot of scrambling, Jack Cooter recovered the ball, but it was determined it was recovered out the back of the end zone.
Lincoln County was up 14-0 at the break.
The Raiders started the second half with an onside kick recovered at the Falcons’ 46 yard line. Coffee moved to the 31, but a holding penalty followed by a sack of Meeker took the Raiders back into their own territory at the 42.
Following a third down quick kick by Coffee County, the Falcons started at their own 31 yard line.
Lincoln County moved to midfield but coughed up the ball, recovered by the Raiders, at the Falcon 46. But, the Blue and Red made a defensive stand on a 4th and 2 situation at their own 37 with 5:26 in the third. The Falcons took over on downs, and ten plays later, with 43 seconds remaining in the period, the final points of the night were put on the board. Lincoln County went 63 yards in 10 plays. Christian carried it in from the 11. Miller’s PAT was good, and LCHS was up, 21-0
The Raiders moved to midfield in the fourth quarter with the aid of a pass interference call against the Falcons with a first down at the 43 yard line. But, four plays later at the 8:16 mark, Coffee faced a fourth and ten situation still at the 43, turning the ball over on downs.
With backup players on the field the remainder of the game, the Falcons had the win, 21-0.
The Falcons’ defense held the Red Raiders to 146 yards of total offense. Deangelo Rozier finished with 54 yards in 16 rushes. Quarterback Peyton Meeker was 13 of 28 in the air for 88 yards with one interception.
Jack Cooter led with 14 tackles; Slade Swinford and Matt McKinney, 7; Chase Rogers and T.J. Crabtree, 5; Jarrett Johnson, 4; and Tyler Bennett had 3.
Offensively, Lincoln County had 351 yards with 292 on the ground and 59 in the air. Beddingfield was 4 of 5 in the air. Christian had 2 catches for 40 yards. Josh Whitaker had 2 for 19 yards.
Christian had 12 rushes for 139 yards and two scores. Kevin Galloway had 12 tries for 62 yards and one score; Beddingfield, 6 for 47; Zach Besherse, 7 for 20; Isaac Tate, 4 for 13; Jack Cooter, 3 tries for 9 yards.
The Falcons finished with 20 first downs to 14 for the Raiders.
For their next action, Lincoln County travels to Franklin County Friday night with kickoff at 7 p.m.