Lincoln County High School’s Falcons picked up a big win Friday night, defeating Franklin County at home, 35-20.
The victory came in the blue and red’s first district action of the season after getting off to an 0-2 start.
The Falcons pounded the ball on the ground, attempting only three passes. The tailback duo of Ryan Golden and August Hill combined for 398 yards rushing. LCHS had 144 yards rushing at the end of the first quarter. Just as important, Lincoln County had its first turnover-free game after suffering seven in the first two match-ups.
“Our seniors did an outstanding job leading the team,” said Coach Don Thomas. “Kids like Jacob Lamb did an outstanding job. Our offensive line did a good job opening up some holes, and our tailback and ram backs ran hard – we had a good understanding of what we had to do to win.”
“We may have over scouted on defense,” added Coach Thomas. “They had a kid who had to sat out the first half, and they ran different than we expected, but we made the adjustments we needed – we played our type of football.
“We’ve got to improve on our special teams,” he continued. “We’ve given up good field position and points on kick returns, and we’ve got to get that under control.”
Lincoln County was first to put points on the board. Jack Cooter pushed it in from the 10-yard line, capping off a 9-play, 80-yard drive. Logan Wheat’s kick was good, and with 6:38 in the first, the Falcons were up 7-0.
But, the lead was short-lived, lasting just 17 seconds. Franklin County took the following kick back 97 yards for the score. The extra point attempt was good, and it was knotted at 7-7 with 6:21 on the clock.
Lincoln County answered their following possession. In mirror image of the first drive, the Falcons went 80 yards, again in 9 plays. August Hill scored from the one. Wheat’s kick was good, and with 3:22 in the first, the Falcons were up 14-7.
In the second quarter, the Rebels were on the move, starting at their own 34-yard line. After going to the Falcons’ nine, Franklin County was incomplete on a third down pass attempt. Tyler Rhoton was good on a 26-yard field goal, and LCHS was up 14-10 with 7:55 on the clock.
In the following series, August Hill broke loose on a 46-yard romp. The score capped off a 10-play, 80 yard drive. Wheat’s kick was good, and the Falcons were up 21-10.
Franklin County started the second half at their own 35 yard line. After moving deep into Falcon territory, the drive was stalled with an illegal shift call against the Rebels. On a fourth and 10, Rhoton hit on a 29-yard field goal attempt, and with 7:13 in the third, the Falcons were up 21-13.
But, Lincoln County’s offense continued to answer. Starting at their own 20, the Falcons went 80 yards in six plays. Ryan Golden pushed it in from the one. Wheat’s kick was good, and with 4:30 in the third, Lincoln County was up 28-13.
The Falcons had the Rebels in the hole on the following kick, starting at the one yard line. But, the defense let them out of the hole, going to the 26 yard line. Franklin County would go 99 yards in the drive for a score. The kick was good, and with 11:55 in the fourth, it was a 28-20 ball game.
In the next two series, the field position changed in favor of the Falcons. Following a Rebel punt, LCHS started at the 49 yard line. It took two plays for Ryan Golden to break out for a 45-yard scoring run. Wheat’s kick was good, and LCHS was up 35-20 with 7:02 remaining in the game.
In the final series of the game, Lincoln County moved to the Rebel one-yard line but back-to-back penalties kept the Falcons out of the end zone, and LCHS finished with the win, 35-0.
LCHS finished with 448 total yards of offense and 25 first downs. Ryan Golden had 224 yards in 23 carries and two scores; August Hill, 174 yards in 18 carries and two scores; Jack Cooter, 3 tries for 24 yards and a score; Tyler Bennett had 1 carry for nine yards; Josh Whitaker, 1 for 4; and Drey Dollar, 1 for 3.
Keller Monks was 1 for 3 for 10 yards with a catch by Whitaker.
Defensively, the Falcons gave up 236 yards on the ground and a negative 6 yards in the air. Jack Cooter continues to lead the defense with 12 tackles; Tyler Bennett, 8; Quamaine Humphrey, Robert Swart and T.J. Crabtree, 5; Xavier Schlueter, 4; Josh Whitaker and Tommy Sanders, 3; Ryan Hall, 2; and Jarrett Johnson, 1.
For their next action, Lincoln County is out of district traveling to Lebanon Friday night with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Devils come into the match-up 1-2 with a win over Franklin County and losses to Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet.