McCORMICK -- The Lincoln County High School football team continued its dominance of its counterpart from across Lake Thurmond, routing McCormick 49-8 Friday night at McCormick High Stadium.
The scoring starting early for the Red Devils as Jamar Norman scampered 69 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage to put Lincoln County in front 7-0.
McCormick’s first offensive series saw the Chiefs gain a first down on an 18-yard run by Mataeo Durant. However, the freshman running back took a hard hit to his mid-section on the play, left the game vomiting and did not return. Two plays later, the Chiefs lost 10 yards on a fumbled pitch on an option play and had to turn the ball back over to the Red Devils.
Norman returned the punt 20 yards to give Lincoln County’s offense the ball at McCormick’s 30-yard line. Three plays later, Red Devils quarterback Lakeith Lockhart connected with receiver David Byrnes on a 21-yard touchdown pass play to give Lincoln County a 14-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first quarter.

“We missed a lot of assignments on defense and on offense,” McCormick coach Sean Thom said. “We’ve got to get better at knowing our assignments and executing them. We’re young, but we’ll learn quick. We’ve got some great athletes, but we’ve got to pick up the intensity, block to the whistle, and execute. We’ll learn from this loss. We’re a young, young team. We had some cramping issues. I see the guys during the week drinking soda, and you just can’t do that. They’ve got to learn to drink more water throughout the week. Anytime you open up against a team like Lincoln County, you’ve got to have 45 guys in good shape.”
At the half, Lincoln County kept a 42-0 advantage. The Red Devils racked up 253 yards rushing and 54 yards passing in the first half, and they kept McCormick to 24 yards rushing and zero passing yards.