In the 10-7 win over Warren County, the Red Devils had three turnovers and struggled to finish drives despite 242 rushing yards.
Lincoln County had the ball in Screaming Devils territory on three possessions in the first half but scored only three points and was later stopped on fourth and short in the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils got a Craig Jones touchdown in the third quarter and ran out the final 3:23 in the game against a strong Warren County defense, but the earlier missed opportunities helped keep the game close.
One empty trip came on a drive that started late in the first quarter and concluded early in the second.
With a first-and-goal at the Warren County 4, the Red Devils lost two yards on first down and had a fourth-down pass fall incomplete with a receiver open in the end zone.
“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively,” Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell said.
DIFFICULT TO OVERLOOK: Vinny Miller said he was trying to prove a few college coaches wrong when he rushed for 350 yards and seven touchdowns on 20 carries in North Augusta’s blowout win over Evans.
But Miller didn’t want to throw anyone under the bus, either.
“I don’t really want to say the colleges,” he said. “I hope (they’ll notice now). That’s what I’m hoping for.”
Miller also said he wasn’t close to even a verbal commitment at this point in the season. But he’s interested in checking his stock value this weekend.
“I’ll wait to see what the reaction is to this,” he said.
The senior running back’s big night was obvious early, but the video game-like numbers didn’t start to add up until the second half. A 4-yard run on his first carry of the second half put him at 159 yards. His final five carries went for 191 yards and three touchdowns.
STILL WINNING: The last time Thomson opened the season with nine consecutive wins came in 2006. The Bulldogs have a shot at duplicating that feat after beating Hephzibah, 50-6.
Thomson will have to avoid any hiccups. One possible roadblock? A shortened week. The Bulldogs play host to Richmond Academy on Thursday night.
Thomson will get to work today preparing for the Musketeers (1-3).
“Obviously, we lose a day,” Bulldogs coach Milan Turner said. “We’ll do our filmwork and install some things. We’ll be back in our pads on Monday.”
Staff writers Billy Byler and Chris Gay contributed to this story.