Lincoln County senior quarterback Brandon Barden connected with Ricardo Norman for a 66-yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the second half to give Lincoln county (3-1) a 28-0 lead, and the Red Devils never looked back in posting a 55-0 win against Aquinas on Friday night.
The Lincoln County offense recovered from a 3-0 blanking by Washington-Wilkes two weeks ago with an explosive two-quarterback passing attack with Barden and Alex Goldman and a stable of running backs that were virtually unstoppable.
Despite a defense that gritted its teeth and hung in early to keep it close in the first half, the irish (0-4) offense couldn't move the ball against a superior Red Devils squad.
Barden was a force at quarterback and tight end, catching a 38-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and completing the touchdown pass to Norman to open the third quarter. Barden completed three of five passes for 91 yards and caught two balls for 76 yards.
Aquinas at Wilkinson County, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Lincoln County at Monticello, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
LC-Darell Norman 5 run (Vance Tarver kick), 7:55
LC-D. Norman 11 run (kick failed), 4:57
LC-Brandon Barden 38 pass from Austin Goldman (Tyler Beale pass from Barden), 1:26
LC-Ricardo Norman 66 pass from Barden (Tarver kick), 11:42
LC-Logan Rhodes 16 fumble return, (Tarver kick), 10:23
LC-R. Norman 44 run (Tarver kick), 7:09
LC-Alex Ellis 25 run (Tarver kick), 2:56
LC-Jarren Brown 5 run (kick failed), 6:30
RUSHING - Lincoln County: Tyler Beale 3-19, Carlos Hearst 3-39, Darrell Norman 5-13, Franklin Jones 1-2, Brandon Barden 1-(-8), Austin Goldman 1-20, Ricardo Norman 1-44, DeChane Willis 3-52, Alex Ellis 4-32, Jarren Brown 6-35, Josh Sims 1-(-3). Aquinas: Antoine Nabors 16-43, Michael Cardwell 8-10, John Douglas 4-24, Matt Reese 3-(-2), Raymond Brady 1-0.
PASSING-Lincoln County: Brandon Barden 3-5-1 91, Austin Goldman 5-8-0 107. Aquinas: Michael Cardwell 2-12-1 28, Raymond Brady 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING-Lincoln County: Darell Norman 3-33, Jatheus Jones 1-16, Brandon Barden 2-76, Ricardo Norman 1-66, Wilkes Goolsby 1-7. Aquinas Matt McKenzie 1-8, James Purcell 1-20.