Lincoln County bested Commerce 35-14 on Friday night in the first round of the Class A state playoffs at Lincolnton.
For the first time since 1967-68, the Tigers finish with back-to-back losing seasons.
After going down 14-0 at halftime, the Tigers (4-7) scored with 3:24 left in the third quarter on a Cody Streetman 8-yard run. The Red Devils responded quickly with a 72-yard rushing touchdown by Craig Jones 74 seconds later.
Lincoln County's Mike McIntire scored on two 4-yard runs in the fourth quarter, and Commerce could only respond with one Streetman score.
The Tigers were lead by their senior quarterback Streetman who set the school record for most rushing attempts in a single game, running for 198 yards on 41 carries.
Garrett Wilson caught 5 passes for 52 yards for Commerce.
Jones finished the game with 150 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries for Lincoln County.
After serving as defensive coordinator for the six previous season, the loss completes Marvin Justice's first season as head coach at Commerce.