Lincoln County’s Falcons went down in the first round of 5-A playoff action on the road to Beech 42-14.

The Buccaneers came into the match-up the top seed of Region 6. The Falcons found their way into the playoffs under unusual circumstances.

Before the end of the regular season, Franklin Co. and Shelbyville’s game was called before completion due to a bench-clearing brawl. TSSAA action saw both schools fined and suspended from the playoffs for two years.

Shelbyville had finished second in the regular season behind Summit in Region 5-A, but their appeal to the TSSAA on the ruling on Nov. 2nd was denied. The Falcon’s had forfeited their final two games of the regular season due to COVID-19, both region match-ups with Page and Summit, and had not practiced for three weeks. Shelbyville’s band from play cleared a spot for Lincoln County – the Falcons reissued their gear and got back to work with four days of preparation before game day.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Coach Kevin Rose said. “We played a really good team tonight – they’ve got a good offensive line and two good running backs. I felt like we kept fighting to the last play, I feel like we’ve done that all season. I’m encouraged about the future.”

“I feel we were competitive in almost every game,” he added. “We’ve got a long way to go but we’re fixing to get in the weight room and get after it. I appreciate this senior class, they stuck it out, took their lumps, and kept getting back up and I’m proud of them. As we continue to build and win they were step one in the process. We’ve got a good group of sophomores and juniors that are determined to work hard and get better.”

Scores for the Falcons came in the final frame when Parker Webb connected with Miles Smith on a 70-yard strike. Webb connected with Smith for the two-point conversion.

The final score came when Hunter Hammons pushed it in from the one-yard line. The two-point conversion failed.

In other Region 5-5A playoff action, Summit defeated Hillwood 42-6; Columbia won over Gallatin 21-14 and Hillsboro defeated Page, 43-7. In second round action Friday night Columbia travels to Summitt and Beech travels to Hillsboro.

Score by Quarters: LCHS, 00, 00, 00, 14 (final 14); Beech, 21, 08, 14, 00 (final 42)

Offense: LCHS, 258 total yards with 210 in the air and 48 on the ground; Beech, 370 total yards with 45 in the air, and 325 on the ground.

Passing: LCHS, Parker Webb completed 12 of 30 for 161 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception; Miles Smith, 1 of 2 for 19 yards, 1 interception; Jake Pendergrass, 1 of 3 for 18 yards; TD Tucker, 2 of 2 for 12 yards.

Receiving: LCHS, Miles Smith 6 catches for 157 yards, 1 TD; Tony King, 3 for 27 yards; Parker Webb, 1 for 19 yards; Kenny Squires, 2 for 8 yards; Ben Davis, 3 for 0 yards; Joseph Spears, 1 for -1 yards.

Rushing: LCHS, Hunter Hammond, 8 carries for 35 yards, 1 TD; TD Tucker, 2 for 6 yards; Jake Pendergrass, 2 for 3 yards; Ben Davis, 7 for 3 yards; Parker Webb, 20 for 1 yard, 2 fumbles.

First Downs: LCHS, 14; Beech, 13.

Tackles: LCHS, Tucker Clemons, 2 tackles, 1 interception; Chase Treola, 2 interceptions; Brady Wiseman, 1; Miles Smith, 1; Chants Atchley, .5; TD Tucker, .5; Tony King, 1; Seth Phillips, 3.5; Braden Cannon, 2; Evan Quick, 2; Nathan Boaz, 2; Nate McAdams, 2; Zackary March, .5.

Punts: LCHS, Parker Webb, 2 punts for a 37-yard average with long of 38.

Penalties: LCHS, 8 for 31 yards; Beech, 6 for 47 yards.

Turnovers: LCHS, 6; Beech, 4.