"This is the stuff you dream about," he said. "Playing on Saturday against your rival. It felt like Georgia vs. Florida. Playing college football in the sun on a Saturday afternoon."
It looked like fun for Middlebrooks and his Lincoln County team. The Red Devils (3-0) romped to a 32-0 win that tied the all-time series between the schools at 32-32-6.
The game was pushed back to a 2 p.m. Saturday start because of the storms that hit the area on Friday. Middlebrooks proved to be a consistent bolt of lightning in his own right, running 13 times for 61 yards. His 18-yard run with 7:49 to go in the first half meant a 14-0 lead.
"This was a special game I will never forget," he said. "First time I was on the varsity playing Washington-Wilkes and we win 32-0."
Middlebrooks also threw a 34-yard halfback pass to junior receiver Wilkes Goolsby to set up another score.
Goolsby hauled in senior quarterback Austin Goldman's best pass along a scorcher of a day from 33 yards out for the first score with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.
"I thought this was going to be a tougher fight," Goolsby said. "And in the first half it was a fight. We went to work on them in the second half."
His touchdown was set up by the 12 consecutive run plays the Red Devils opened up the game with.
Goolsby and Middlebrooks provided the first half scoring. Senior kicker Vance Tarver added a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Senior running back Carlous Hearst finished off the Tigers with two scoring runs in the fourth quarter. Classmate Jamaeron Green led a varied rushing attack with 67 yards on eight carries.
"We're continuing to work at it extremely hard," Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell said. "But we are nowhere near where a normal Lincoln County team would be at the third game into the season. We'll keep working at it."
The victory was the 406th of Campbell's career with the Red Devils. That moved him to fourth all-time in the national rankings.
The Tigers' bright spot was freshman tailback Alex Scott. He ran for 105 yards on 14 carries.
"He's a good athlete with great character who is also great in the classroom," Washington-Wilkes coach Russell Morgan said. "He's got decent speed but he will have good speed in the next year or two. Give him time. He's just a 14-year-old freshman finding his way."
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Lincoln County 7 7 3 15 - 32
Washington-Wilkes 0 0 0 0 - 0
LC-Wilkes Goolsby 33 pass from Austin Goldman (Vance Tarver kick) :34
LC-A.G. Middlebrooks 18 run (Vance Tarver kick) 7:49
LC-Vance Tarver 36 field goal, 7:56
LC-Carlous Hearst 4 run (Goldman pass to Jafabian Green) 9:30
LC-Carlous Hearst 32 run (Tarver kick) 5:20
RUSHING-Lincoln County: Jamareon Green 8-67, A.G. Middlebrooks 13-61, Carlous Hearst 7-55, DeChane Willis 3-6, Jafabian Green 2-4, Tony Wells 1-2, Brandon Wright 1-0, Josh Sims 1-(minus-1); Austin Goldman 1-(minus-5); Bo Reed 1-(minus-5), Vance Tarver 1-(minus-19). Washington-Wilkes: Eric Scott 14-105, Caleb Saggus 1-10, Deon Jackson 8-6, Teverrius Jones 8-5, Drew Wilson 3-4, Tevin Turman 1-4
PASSING-Lincoln County: Austin Goldman 2-5-1 40. A.G. Middlebrooks 1-1-0 34. Washington-Wilkes: Teverrius Jones 2-10-2 35.
RECEIVING-Lincoln County: Wilkes Gooslby 2-67, A.G. Middlebrooks 1-7. Washington-Wilkes: Caleb Saggus 1-18, Akeimos Coleman 1-17.
LINCOLN COUNTY 32, WASHINGTON-WILKES 0
Play of the Game: Austin Goldman found junior receiver Wilkes Goolsby in the corner of the end zone for a 33-yard score and a 7-0 lead.
Why Lincoln County won: Run game variety. Eight different Red Devils carried the ball 35 times for 201 yards and three scores.
Why Washington-Wilkes lost: Missed opportunities. The Tigers fumbled the ball seven times and lost three to Lincoln County. One gaffe came a yard away from a score.
Star of the game: Carlous Hearst. The senior Red Devils' runner had seven carries for 55 yards with two touchdowns.
What's Next: Lincoln County (3-0) is off; Washington-Wilkes (0-3) opens region play next week at Dawson County.