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Lincoln County falls to Dooly County in semifinals

Dooly County 10, Lincoln County 7

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LINCOLNTON, Ga. — Lincoln County had time – at least it said so on the scoreboard. However, Dooly County made sure the pressure got there in a flash.

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Lincoln County running back Mike McIntire dives for a first down. McIntire ran for a team-high 50 yards in the loss to Dooly County.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Lincoln County running back Mike McIntire dives for a first down. McIntire ran for a team-high 50 yards in the loss to Dooly County.

A Dooly County defense that attacked, sacked and hurried Lincoln County all night long had one more stand when the Red Devils got the ball down 3 points inside their 40 with less than a minute to play.

The Bobcats made sure there was no season-extending drive for the Red Devils.

Dooly County, led by star defensive lineman Montravius Adams, survived to win at Lincoln County, 10-7, in a Class A public state semifinal Friday night. The Bobcats will go for their first state championship against Emanuel County Institute next Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

“We got some special players on our defense,” Bobcats coach Jimmy Hughes said. “Montravius is a heck of a player, but we’re more than a one-man show.”

Each team had a special teams touchdown, but Dooly County’s line dominated and its secondary kept Lincoln County’s dangerous receivers out of the end zone.

Dooly County got its touchdown when it was up 3-0. With the Red Devils hoping to tie it with 2.7 seconds to play in the first half, Dooly County (11-2) broke through the protection and blocked the field-goal attempt. Mark Clark picked up the ball and sprinted for a touchdown.

Lincoln County finally scored its touchdown with 2:54 left in the game. Dooly County mishandled the snap on a punt, and the Red Devils fell on it in the end zone.

Lincoln County then attempted the onside kick with it down 10-7 and without timeouts, but Adams fell on it. The Red Devils (11-2) got the ball back but could do little with it.

Adams and the other lineman were in the backfield most of the game.

The Red Devils threw the ball 35 times, trying to get the ball to its talented and veteran receivers in space. But whenever Lincoln County got close, disaster showed up.

Early in the game, after Lincoln County recovered a Dooly County muffed punt, Turner gave the ball back. At the Bobcats’ 14, Turner got to about the 10 when he fumbled.

Then, in the fourth quarter, the Red Devils were stopped on downs inside the Bobcats’ 5.

Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell, who was bidding for his 12th state title with the Red Devils, didn’t quite know what to tell his team after the disappointing loss.

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Campbell said..

DOOLY COUNTY 10, LINCOLN COUNTY 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: With Lincoln County down 3-0, the Red Devils tried for a 32-yard field goal but instead had it blocked. Dooly County took the ball and returned it for a touchdown to make it 10-0 at the half.

STAR OF THE GAME: Dooly County’s Montravius Adams was unstoppable, getting pressure on almost every Lincoln County offensive play.

WHY DOOLY COUNTY WON: The Bobcats got pressure from the defensive line and held up in the secondary.

WHY LINCOLN COUNTY LOST: The Red Devils didn’t capitalize when they got close to the end zone.

NEXT: Dooly County plays ECI at 11:30 a.m. next Saturday at the Georgia Dome in the Class A public state championship game.

Dooly County 10, Lincoln County 7

Dooly County 0 10 0 0 – 10

Lincoln County 0 0 0 7 – 7

Second Quarter

DC-Diego Cruz 32 FG, 3:43

DC-Blocked FG returned for TD (Cruz kick), 0:00

Fourth Quarter

LC-Recovered ball in end zone on Dooly County punt play, 2:54

 DCLC
First Downs612
Rushes-Yards36-13728-44
Passing Yards49160
Comp.-Att.-Int.5-9-014-35-0
Fumbles-Lost2-21-1
Punts-Yards7-31.97-30.6
Penalties-Yards8-332-20

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–DC-Mark Lloyd 8-72, Chanin Hamilton 19-64, Mark Clark 4-11, Montravius Adams 1-1, A.J. Smith 4-(-11); LC-Mike McIntire 15-50, Zireycus Letman 1-1, Ben Turner 12-(-7).

PASSING–DC-Smith 5-9-0 49; LC-Turner 14-35-0 160.

RECEIVING–DC-Cortney Clark 3-30, Tyrone Anderson 1-14, Mark Clark 1-5; LC-Jalen Franklin 5-75, Blake Murray 3-41, Letman 3-33, Jamar Norman 1-6, Glenn Creech 2-5.

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wildman 12/08/12 - 07:00 am
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What now?

Last year the rules were changed so that Larry and the Whinners (Wilcox County) could win a state championship again. Class A football is joke now with a public and private school playoff bracket. Just makes no sense.

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