LINCOLNTON, Ga. — Lincoln County beat Hancock Central for the second consecutive game, this time in the first round of the Class A public school state playoffs on Friday night.
Ben Turner threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to led the Red Devils (10-1) to a 21-0 victory.
The teams had closed out the regular season on Nov. 9, with Lincoln County winning that one 27-8, also in Lincolnton.
After a week off to determine the playoff bracket, they squared off again on Friday night with a similar result.
Turner hit Zireycus Letman on a 7-yard TD pass in the third quarter to make it 14-0, then Turner scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Mike McIntyre scored the Red Devils’ first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
The Red Devils will play host to Wilkinson County on Friday in the second round.
Wilkinson County edged Miller County 27-26 in its first-round game on Friday.
Hancock Cent. 0 0 0 0 – 0
Lincoln Co. 0 7 7 7 – 21
L–Mike McIntyre 1 run (James Spratlin kick), 10:43
L–Zireycus Letman 7 pass from Ben Turner (Spratlin kick), 4:49
L–Turner 3 run (Spratlin kick), 3:45
Record: Lincoln County 10-1.
EARLY COUNTY 28, SCREVEN COUNTY 7
In Sylvania, Ga., Early County jumped on Screven County early and went to victory in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.
Early County led 21-0 at halftime, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and seven in the second.
Jacori Taylor had 137 yards rushing and scored on an 8-yard run to lead the winners (9-3).
Screven County avoided the shutout when Aikeem Mingle hit Rashad Hughley on a 28-yard scoring pass with 37 seconds left in the game.
Jeremy Johnson rushed for 102 yards.
Mingle added 71 rushing yards for the Gamecocks, who finish 10-2.
Early Co. 14 7 0 7 – 28
Screven Co. 0 0 0 7 – 7
E–Ladonis Bryant 45 run (Matt Stuart kick), 7:13
E–Bryant 14 pass from Jacori Taylor (Stuart kick), 1:11
E–Taylor 8 run (Stuart kick), 0:17
E–Bryant 26 pass from Taylor (Stuart kick), 11:53
S–Rashad Hughley 28 pass from Aikeem Mingle (Jacob Smith kick), 0:37
RUSHING–Early County: Jacori Taylor 17-137. Screven County: Jeremy Johnson 23-102, Aikeem Mingle 16-71, Josh Kerson 5-18.
PASSING–Early County: Taylor 11-18 146. Screven County: Mingle 2-10 35, Johnson 0-1.
RECEIVING–Early County: Ladonis Bryant 6-88. Screven County: Rashad Hughley 2-35.
Records: Early County 9-3, Screven County 10-2.
BURKE COUNTY 28, MONROE 6
In Waynesboro, Ga., Burke County rolled past Monroe and into the Class AAAA quarterfinals.
The victory sets up a huge matchup with Sandy Creek next Friday.
The Patriots are undefeated and ranked No. 1 the state. They defeated Dalton on Friday night.
Sandy Creek won state championships in 2009 and 2010.
Burke County won the Class AAA state title last season.
CALHOUN 34, WASHINGTON-WILKES 7
In Washington, Ga., top-ranked Calhoun knocked out Washington-Wilkes in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
After taking the lead on a touchdown pass by Taylor Lamb to Carter Edwards in the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets led 21-0 at the half.
Calhoun extended its lead to 27 points entering the fourth quarter. Calhoun scored once in the quarter on a run by Alex Urbano.
Lamb threw three touchdowns for Calhoun, which improved to 12-0.
Calhoun had given up an average of 14.7 points prior to the contest. Washington-Wilkes, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, came in allowing just 8.9 points per game this season.
The Tigers finish the season 10-2.
WASHINGTON COUNTY 28, CALLAWAY 0
In Sandersville, Ga., Washington County shut out Callaway in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
The Golden Hawks, who improved to 11-1, will take on St. Pius X in the quarterfinals. The Golden Lions took care of Hart County 31-15 on Friday night.
ROBERT TOOMBS 14, THOMAS JEFFERSON 12
In Louisville, Ga., Thomas Jefferson’s bid to play for the state title came to an end Friday night.
The Patriots fell just short to Robert Toombs Academy in the GISA Class A semifinals.
CROSS 38, MCCORMICK 26
Class A Championship Game
Cross 12 0 20 6 – 38
McCormick 0 0 20 6 – 26
RUSHING–McCormick: Allyn Williams 11-62, Jay Weaver 9-128, Jalen Adams 12-116.
PASSING–McCormick: Jay Weaver 2-11-40-1,
Records: McCormick 11-3.