Lincoln County High Schools Falcons picked up a Senior Night/Homecoming and district win over Coffee County Friday night. LCHS finished on top 47-7.
Currently the Falcons are 5-4 overall and 4-1 in district play; Shelbyville (5-3) and 3-1; Lawrence County, (5-3) and 2-2; Franklin County (3-5) and 2-2; Tullahoma (4-4) and 2-2; Columbia (3-5) and 2-3; and Coffee County is 0-8 overall and 0-4 in district action.
Lincoln County has one more regular season game on tap, traveling to Tullahoma Friday night, then is idle week 10. Shelbyville hosts Coffee County, then travels to Lawrence County; Lawrence County travels to Franklin County Friday night, then hosts Shelbyville; Franklin County hosts Lawrence County this week, then travels to Columbia; Tullahoma hosts the Falcons, then travels to Coffee County for the Coffee Pot week 10; Columbia hosts Spring Hill, then hosts Franklin County for the final game of the regular season; Coffee County travels to Shelbyville, then hosts Tullahoma.
Falcon seniors on this year’s team are Ethan Warren, Quamaine Humphrey, Tyler Bennett, Josh Whitaker, Jarrett Johnson, Ben Rambo, Jack Cooter, Clay Marsh, Ryan Golden, Wheeler McCulloch, Brandon Gower, Nick Gatlin, Hunter Adams, Jacob Campbell, Jacob Lamb, Tommy Sanders, Robert Swart and Drey Dollar.
“We played hard from whistle to whistle,” Coach Don Thomas said of his Falcons. “We knew going into the game they were going to throw the ball a lot. Coach Edging had been working on it all week, and we happened to be in the right spot. We got some good pressure on the quarterback.
“We’ve got some things to clean up,” he added. “I think we should have not been in a situation we had to punt during the entire game.
“We’ve got to keep getting better and get ready for Tullahoma. They have a good football team – it’s up to us – we control our own destiny. It’s a tough place to play,” Coach Thomas continued. “All our focus has to be on Tullahoma.”
Friday night the Raiders were on the move the opening possession of the game, then Josh Whitaker picked off a pass at the Falcons’ 10 yard line and took it 90 yards for the score. Logan Wheat’s kick was no good, and with 10:43 in the first, the Falcons were up 6-0. The pick set the tone for the night. Coffee County threw two more interceptions their next two possessions, resulting in points for LCHS.
Lincoln County’s defense would finish the night with 6 interceptions; five would put points on the board for the Falcons.
Following Ryan Hall’s pick and return to the Raider 7 yard line, Ryan Golden carried it in from the six. Wheat’s kick was good, and with 8:22, LCHS was up 13-0.
The Red Raiders’ bleeding was far from over. In the following possession, Jarrett Johnson picked off Peyton Meeker at midfield and took it to the 33 yard line. It took the Falcons two plays to find the end zone as August Hill carried it in from the 29. Wheat’s kick was good, and LCHS was on top, 20-0, with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Lincoln County added two scores in the second period, the first on a 9-yard run by Josh Whitaker, capping off a 10-play, 50-yard drive. Wheat’s kick was good, and the Falcons were up 26-0 with 8:36 on the clock.
With Raider quarterback Peyton Meeker under pressure, defensive lineman Robert Swart got an interception at Coffee County’s 18-yard line. Brandon Gower pushed it in from the 3 yard line for the score with 5:36 remaining in the half. Wheat’s kick was good, and the Falcons were up 33-0.
Just before the intermission, LCHS moved to the Raider 10 yard line but failed to add points. The Falcons were up 33-0 at the break.
In their opening possession of the second half, Lincoln County went 67 yards in five plays for a score. Dre Dollar took it in from the three, and Wheat’s kick was good. With 9:20 in the third, LCHS was up 40-0.
As Coach Thomas played into his bench, the Falcons’ final score of the night came with 9:04 in the fourth quarter. Cole Crabtree took it in from 5 yards out. Wheat’s kick was good, and the Blue and Red were up 47-0.
The Red Raiders’ only score of the night came with 59 seconds remaining in the game followed by a good PAT, and the Falcons had the win, 47-7.
LCHS finished with 11 first downs, 246 rushing yards and 46 in the air with Keller Monks completing 5 of 7 attempts. Josh Whitaker had 1 catch for 9 yards; Brandon Gower, 2 for 30 yards; Jacob Campbell, 1 for 5 yards; and Shelton Smith 1 for –2 yards.
Six different Falcons scored touchdowns. August Hill had 12 carries for 89 yards and 1 TD; Ryan Golden, 11 for 77 yards, 1 TD; Cole Crabtree, 5 for 34 yards, 1 TD; Tommy Sanders, 7 for 26 yards; Josh Whitaker, 1 for 9 yards, 1 TD; Brandon Gower, 4 for 3 yards, 1 TD; Jack Cooter, 1 for 5 yards; Tanner Gardner, 1 for 3 yards; Dre Dollar, 2 for 7 yards, 1 TD; James Townsend, 4 for –7 yards.
Defensively, LCHS gave up 96 yards on the ground and 43 in the air. Jack Cooter finished with 4 solo tackles; Ryan Hall, Xavier Schleuter and Luke Fullerton, 2; TJ Crabtree, 1 solo tackle and a sack; Robert Swart, Zane Cashion and Quamaine Humphrey had tackles.
Interceptions came from Jarrett Johnson with 2, and Ryan Hall, Josh Whitaker, Robert Swart and Austin Bennett had 1.
Logan Wheat was 5 of 7 in extra point attempts. Wheat also punted twice for 79 yards.
The Falcons wrap up their regular season traveling to Tullahoma Friday night with game time at 7 p.m.