HAMLIN -- Throw the records out the window -- there may not have been a happier-sounding locker room than the visiting one at Hamlin Lions Club Field on Friday night.
St. Albans finished off a rough season with just its second win as the Red Dragons overcame some early mistakes and stymied host Lincoln County 27-6.
St. Albans outgained the Panthers 413-170, holding Lincoln County (0-10) to just 38 yards in the second half as it scored 20 unanswered points after the break.
"Our kids have had a lot of adversity this year between our facilities, 11 fractures, four kids having surgery, and we haven't had same starting lineup on 'O' or 'D' in any two games this year and our kids had to fight through it," St. Albans coach Steve Stoffel Jr. said.
"We didn't win what we wanted to win, but we came out and played tonight and ended on a high note. These seniors are starting us up that hill and hopefully next year we can start where we left off this year."
As long as junior quarterback Noah Reed and sophomore receiver Jacob Grigsby are back in the fold, the Red Dragons (2-8) will have a heck of a head start.
Reed threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-30 passing while Grigsby hauled in nine of those completions for 139 yards. Receiver Jeffery Seams, also a junior, caught three balls for 38 yards, including a 15-yard scoring reception on St. Albans' first drive to give his team a 7-0 lead.
"We didn't play a senior except for two running backs all night," Stoffel said. "We've got all our wideouts back plus our tight ends back -- we're young. We're going to bring back 16 kids that started at least three games this year. We're looking forward to the future. The past hasn't been golden, but we've been making some strides."
One of those running backs, Kevic Watkins, had a game-high 83 yards on 15 carries and a 1-yard touchdown and also caught a 10-yard touchdown from Reed to complete the scoring in the fourth quarter.
His 1-yard plunge completed a nine-play, 62-yard drive to open the second half that gave the Red Dragons some breathing room at 14-6.
St. Albans had a pair of much longer drives in the first half but self destructed twice deep in Panthers territory to keep Lincoln County in the game.