Red Devils to Play Host to Thomson in Last Home Game

November 16, 1944

For the first time since early season the Lincolnton Red Devil football squad is due to be at full strength as they go after their second win of the season over the fighting eleven of Thomson High School.

The game, which is scheduled to start at 2 P.M., central war time, Friday should give some idea of the chances of the local eleven against Washington’s strong aggregation in the annual "Turkey Day Tilt" in Washington next Thursday.

Thomson, which was defeated by Lincolnton earlier in the season 13 to 0, lost to Washington 26 to 0 in Thomson last Friday. But reports out of Thomson say that it will be a very different story this time, as they will be gunning for revenge and will go to the limit to get it.

After being hampered by a bad knee for three weeks, Buddy Bufford, Captain of the Lincolnton squad appears to be in tip-top condition once more. Bufford practically stole the show in the last encounter with Thomson, scoring both touchdowns, one on a brilliant 75-yard punt return early in the first quarter.

Bufford is expected to spark a revamped backfield from his wing-back post in Friday’s game. The new backfield includes the switching of Bufford from tail-back to wing-back, and the movement of Oneil Butler from guard to tail-back. Butler is a big fellow who can really sling a pass and he is also a good pass receiver. Wylie Estes, said by many to be the best full-back in the district, will remain at fullback. And Leonard Berger, big blocking back, remains at his regular position.

Other than the movement of James Cooper, "glue-fingered" pass receiver, from wing-back to end, and Jack Bentley, 155-pounder, replacing Butler at quard, the line-up remains intact.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate before game-time. Admission is 20c and 10c.

This is the Red Devils’ last home game of the season.

Probable starting line-up for Lincolnton includes: James Cooper, LE: Zimrie Sprouse, LT; Ernest Smith, LG; Kenneth Goolsby, C; Jack Bentley, RG; William Cartledge, RT; Stanley Martin, RE; Wylie Estes, FB; Oneil Butler, LH; Buddy Bufford, RH; and Leonard Berger, QB.