Big win for Falcons over Lions

Lincoln County High School's Falcons picked up a story book win at home over Columbia Friday night. The 23-22 victory couldn't have been more exciting if Coach Tim Johnson had written it himself. It's his first home win as head coach of the Falcons. Lincoln Co. is now off to a 2-0 start.

Friday night the Falcons pulled it out in the fourth quarter with power football reminiscent  of the days of Johnson's mentor, the late "Off Tackle" John Meadows.

Lincoln County was first to score in their opening drive on a 3-yard run by Rudy Cooper. But the Lions quickly answered - it was knotted at 7-7 with 4:58 in the first.

The only points of the second period came on a 30 yard field goal by Reid Hardin - LCHS was up 10-7 at the break.

Columbia controlled the third quarter running 22 offensive plays to 7 for the Falcons but the defense gave up one score. At the 6:51 mark the Lions took the lead, 14-10.

In their first possession of the fourth quarter the Falcons put together a 15 play drive that put LCHS up 16-14 with 5:43 on the clock when West Jenkins took it in from the five..

But the Lions answered their next possession and regained the lead 22-16 with 3:08 remaining in the game.

Starting at their own 38 the Falcon offensive line did their job blocking for Jenkins who carried the ball the next seven plays in a clock eating drive. With eight seconds remaining in the game Jacob Sorrells pushed it in on the quarterback sneak from the one knotting it a 22-22. 

The Lions called time out in an effort to ice Sophomore kicker Reid Hardin but Hardin was good on the PAT for the win.

"It goes without saying I'm proud of our kids," Johnson said. "There were times when we could have hung our heads - that's the ballgame and just gone through the motions but they kept competing and that's been a theme we've had during the off season - compete - compete - compete."

"My hats off not just to our players but also the coaching staff for their preparation," he added. "We were well prepared and had some really good play execution by our offense. We've got a very young team - at any given time we've got just two players with experience on the field from last season."

"Jake Sorrells is in his second start at quarterback and what can you say about West Jenkins and his determination, he checked out of school yesterday (Thursday) with a 101 fever but came back today and obviously played a great game."

"We wanted to control the time of possession." Coach Johnson continued. "We were better at it at some times than the other but there at the end of the game when we need it most we got the job done."

"We may not be the biggest, strongest or fastest but I'll take our kids hearts over anyone's - they are warriors. We saw that time and time again - when they got banged up they shook it off and went back in."

"These kids have worked hard since last December," Johnson added. "We devoted ourselves since last season - I think that's when you win these kind of games."

"Yes I'm proud of our kids, but also the student body and the support of the fans - we had a great crowd and it's good to see."

This week the Falcons host Giles Co. with kick off at 7 p.m. The Bobcats come into Meadows Thompson Stadium with a  1-2 record with losses to Pearl-Cohn, 55-35 and Fairview, 27-6. Week two Giles won over Lawrence Co., 53-13.

Falcons, by the numbers
Offense: The Falcons put up 273 yards of offense - 173 on the ground, 100 in the air
Rushing: Wes Jenkins 21 carries for 104 yards and 1 score; Rudy Cooper, 12 carries for 38 yards and 1 score; Jake Sorrells, 6 for 16 yards and 1 score; Tucker Webb, 6 for 15 yards.
Passing: Jake Sorrells completed 8 of 15 attempts with 1 interception
Receiving: Cade Cooper, 5 catches for 54 yards; Sam Eason, 1 catch for 28 yards; Rudy Cooper, 2 for 18 yards.
Defense: Falcons gave up 137 yards on the ground and 48 in the air. Tucker Webb led with 8 tackles; Alex Scivally, 4.5 tackles; Wes Jenkins, 4.5; Landen Smith, 4.5; Christian Counts, 4; Tyler West, 3.5; Taylor Hammons, 2; Cade Cooper, 2.
First Downs: LCHS, 22; Columbia, 14
Turnovers: LCHS, 2; Columbia, 1
Punts: Jake Sorrells, 3 with long of 40 yards
PAT's: Reid Hardin,  2 of 3
Field Goals: Reid Hardin, 1 for 1 at 30 yards