Lincoln (Fla.) 34, South Gwinnett 21

NORCROSS – The first round of Georgia-Florida heavyweights went to Florida, as Tallahassee’s Lincoln handled the South Gwinnett Comets, 34-21 at Blue Devils Stadium on Saturday.

Round two went to Florida also, as Booker T. Washington dominated Norcross, 55-0, in the night cap.

The Comets (0-1) came into the contest ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAAA in the Georgia High School Football Daily poll, but were outmatched by the Trojans (1-0), who finished 12-2 last season in Class A.

The Comets were led by quarterback Malik Brown, who was 16 for 23 passing for 145 yards and a touchdown, plus 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. Daivon Harris had two rushing scores of 1 and 3 yards and Ian Killian had 2 catches for 65 yards.

South Gwinnett scored first, 7:36 into the game on Harris’ 1 yard run but never saw the lead again.

Lincoln’s Darius Harvey launched a 47-yard pass to Larry Stevens as the first half expired, giving the Trojans a convincing 31-14 lead that would hold.

The Comets outscored Lincoln 7-3 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

“I was very proud of the resiliency and toughness our kids showed in the second half,” Comets coach John Small said. “They could have easily laid down right there, but they came back and fought their butts off. We’ve got a young football team.”

Comets athletic director said junior linebacker Chace Reid left the game in the second quarter and was taken to Scottish Rite Hospital for concussion tests as a precaution.

Lincoln 14 17 0 3 – 34

South Gwinnett 7 7 7 0 – 21

S – Daivon Harris 48 run (Roberto Lindsay kick)

L – Darius Harvey 1 run (Brian Crews kick)

L – John Burt 15 pass from Harvey (Crews kick)

S – Harris 3 run (Lindsay kick)

L – Crews 32 FG

L – Harvey 17 run (Crews kick)

L – Burt 47 pass from Harvey (Crews kick)

S – Antonio Woods 6 pass from Brown (Lindsay kick)

L – Crews 32 FG

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11 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
8:44 pm

Dennis Edwards is a MAN at center.

VALDOSTA DAWG

August 24th, 2013
9:58 pm

We should have played Lincoln today. We own Lincoln!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The One

August 24th, 2013
10:10 pm

Fred Langston #12 was electric returning kick offs.

David

August 24th, 2013
10:55 pm

South played extremely hard today. The brain cramp at the end of the first half ultimately decided the game, but other than that, they showed no fear on the National Stage. By the way, loved the new unis!

J Duncan

August 24th, 2013
11:42 pm

VALDOSTA DAWG, you’re out of your mind!! Y’all don’t have the nuts to come to Tallahassee. Florida teams always have to come up there and play with your former high school players moonlighting as “impartial” referees. There is a reason why FLORIDA is THE hotbed for college recruiters- because we have the best football players and the best football, period. Deal with it before it consumes you. LOL

DA CAT FAN

August 25th, 2013
7:43 am

I DISAGREE J. DAWG, LINCOLN’S COACH PREFERS TO PLAY IN VALDOSTA. I GUESS TO GET THEM USE TO A TOUGH PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE. HE STATED ONCE THAT LINCOLN DID NOT DRAW A BIG CROWD. VALDOSTA HAS BEEN DOWN TO TALLAHASSEE BEFORE. I ALSO DISAGREE WITH VALDOSTA DAWG. VALDOSTA DOES NOT OWN LINCOLN. I BELIEVE THE SERIES IS TIED OR VALDOSTA LEADS BY ONE. REGARDLESS, WHEN THEY PLAY, THE GAMES ARE ALWAYS COMPETITIVE AND FUN TO WATCH. I AM GLAD LINCOLN DID NOT PLAY VALDOSTA THIS, BECAUSE WITH THE TEAM VALDOSTA FIELDED IN THE SCRIMMAGE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMBARASSING. THIS VALDOSTA TEAM LOOK LIKE THE PRACTICE FOR FIVE MINUTES THE ENTIRE SPRING AND SUMMER.

Dean Bunch

August 25th, 2013
8:56 am

I have been a Lincoln fan since 1989 and was at Lincoln’s win in Norcross yesterday. It is always an honor to travel to Valdosta to play the Cats. I liken it to playing at the “mother church” of high school football. All of our games (12) have been at Valdosta. The current record is Valdosta 6 wins (98, 01, 04, 07, 10, 11) Lincoln 5 wins (99, 00, 03, 05, 06) and 1 tie (29-29; 2002). Valdosta’s scoring edge is 31 points (271-240) for the series or 2.6 points per game, on average. During the series, Lincoln has earned 3 state championships (99, 01, 10) and played for the championship two more times (08, 12). Clearly, playing in Valdosta has been a tremendous asset to Lincoln’s program. We hope to play there again soon. Our best wishes for a successful season to the Cats and all their fans.

CoffeeC100

August 25th, 2013
10:11 am

Dean Bunch – Nice comment. VALDOSTA DAWG should be hanging his head.

prof.jess

August 25th, 2013
4:03 pm

If lincoln would have played Valdosta, the score would have been like the BTW and Norcross game. Valdosta paye out some good money for Lincoln to come in and beat them. Valdosta has a good tradition and will eventually win some games but not championships unless they move down to 1AAAAA or the consolidate with Lowndes. By the same token Lowndes will remain in 1AAAAAA because of the enrollment but they will not win the big one. (North Ga. big money boys in Gwinnet county can go across town and buy a productive athlete)

5-Time

August 26th, 2013
1:44 am

j.k.

August 26th, 2013
10:23 am

the comets should have used coray keel a lot more Coray keel is one of the top recievers in Georgia you make plays for him!!!!