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Lincoln County runs wild against Harlem

Lincoln County 69, Harlem 6

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LINCOLNTON, Ga. — Dayshawn Taylor got just five first-half carries Friday night.

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Lincoln County's Dayshawn Taylor finds a gap in the Harlem defense. He had three touchdowns in the season-opening victory.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Lincoln County's Dayshawn Taylor finds a gap in the Harlem defense. He had three touchdowns in the season-opening victory.

The Lincoln County junior made them count.

Taylor found the end zone on three consecutive touches, senior Craig Jones and freshman Jamar Norman also ran wild, as the Red Devils routed Harlem, 69-6, at Buddy Bufford Stadium in both teams’ season-opener.

“It was the offensive line that was blocking for me,” said Taylor, who had 35 yards on five carries in limited action. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have scored, so I give them the credit for it.

“We all run hard,” he said of the Red Devils’ group of backs. “When they get in and score, we just celebrate all together, like we all did it as one.”

The game pitted two longtime coaches celebrating milestone seasons: Lincoln County’s Larry Campbell, in his 40th season, and Harlem’s Jimmie Lewis, in his 20th.

“I don’t know if I have a better friend in coaching since I’ve lost coach (Luther) Welsh and coach (Thomas) Bunch than Jimmie Lewis,” Campbell said. “He’s a class act, a great football coach. His talent’s just been taken away from him.“… There ain’t no finer person than him.”

After going scoreless until the final play of the first quarter, Lincoln County began piling on the touchdowns beginning in the second quarter.

In the first half, Jones ran for 143 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Taylor had the three touchdowns.

Also finding the end zone were Sherrod Jones, on a 1-yard plunge, and Zireycus Letman, on a 31-yard fumble return.

By halftime, the Red Devils led 42-6.

One of the lone bright spots on the night was a 91-yard kick return for a touchdown from junior Alonzo Hill.

In the second half, it was more of the same from the Red Devils’ ground game.

Despite a running clock and underclassmen entering the game, Lincoln County racked up more rushing yards after halftime (257) than it did in the first half (195).

The total was 452 yards on 34 carries.

Sherrod Jones scored from 20 yards out early in the third quarter.

Then, Norman came in and promptly ran 60 yards to the Harlem 5-yard line.

He scored on the next play, and later had a 44-yard touchdown run.

He totaled 107 yards on just four carries.

Backup quarterback Price Rogers had the final score on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Lincoln County held Harlem to 64 total yards, including 59 rushing, and only four first downs.

Mikey McIntire led the way with 60 yards on 10 carries.

“We looked decent the first quarter, like we knew what we were doing,” Lewis said. “… But then we got fatigued, we got little minor injuries, and players going out of the game and not telling their position coach they’re out.

“… We just fell apart.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: Showing the Red Devils’ tremendous depth at running back, freshman Jamar Norman broke a 60-yard run to the Harlem 5-yard line midway through the third quarter. He scored on the next play to extend the lead to 56-7.

STAR OF THE GAME: Lincoln County senior Craig Jones carried 12 times for 143 yards and a touchdown before being lifted for underclassmen at halftime.

WHY LINCOLN COUNTY WON: The offensive line dominated, and the Bulldogs couldn’t stop any of the Red Devil’s running backs.

WHY HARLEM LOST: The Bulldogs hung in for one quarter, but Lincoln County simply had too much firepower after that.

NEXT: Lincoln County at Abbeville (S.C.), 7:30 p.m., Friday; Harlem at Warren County, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2.


Harlem 0 6 0 0 - 6

Lincoln Co. 7 35 21 6 - 69

First Quarter

LC-Dayshawn Taylor 6 run (James Spratlin kick), 0:00

Second Quarter

LC-Sherrod Jones 1 run (Spratlin kick), 9:38

LC-Craig Jones 8 run (Spratlin kick), 4:00

LC-Zireycus Letman 31 fumble return (Spratlin kick), 2:55

H-Alonzo Hill 91 kick return (kick blocked), 2:40

LC-Taylor 7 run (Spratlin kick), 1:32

LC-Taylor 15 run (Spratlin kick), 0:23

Third Quarter

LC-Sherrod Jones 20 run (Spratlin kick), 9:35

LC-Jamar Norman 5 run (Spratlin kick), 5:24

LC-Norman 44 run (Spratlin kick), 0:16

Fourth Quarter

LC-Price Rogers 15 run (kick failed), 6:22

First Downs418
Passing Yards551


RUSHING-Harlem: Mikey McIntire 10-60, Cameron Brown 4-14, Mason McDaniel 11-8, Tyler Thigpen 5-1, Hunter Rippe 3-MINUS 2, Team 1-MINUS 22. Lincoln County: Craig Jones 12-143, Norman 4-107, Quadarious Hunter 3-70, Sherrod Jones 5-66, Taylor 5-35, Rogers 3-32, Denzel Gunby 2-MINUS 1.

PASSING-Harlem: McDaniel 0-7-0 0, Rippe 1-2-1 5. Lincoln County: Gunby 4-12-0 51.

RECEIVING-Harlem: Coleman McClellan 1-5. Lincoln County: Mason Saggus 3-43, Letman 1-8.

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Riverman1 08/20/11 - 10:14 am
Unusual to run up the score

Unusual to run up the score that way.

BamaFan 08/20/11 - 12:16 pm
Riverman1- If you had been at

If you had been at the game last night you would have seen that LC did not "run up" the score.
LC basiclly ran the ball the entire 2nd half. Harlem just didn't have the athleats to stop them. You can't tell the kids not to score, they practice just as hard as the starters. When you ask them to hold back, kids get hurt.

j-campbell 08/20/11 - 01:17 pm
Seven different players

Seven different players scored TDs for Lincoln County. If Larry Campbell had wanted to run up the score it could have been 119-0. If a team doesn't want to be on the wrong end of a high scoring game, they should play defense and stop the opponent. LC only completed 4 of 12 passes for 51 yards.

Justin Williams
Justin Williams 08/20/11 - 03:18 pm
I agree that Lincoln County

I agree that Lincoln County didn't run up the score. The only other option would have been to kneel on the ball every time, but that doesn't exactly make the opponent feel very good. Plus, like the previous poster said, the backups practice just as hard as the starters do. Why punish them?

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