Lincoln County's Red Devils will begin their 85th season of football this Friday night at Buddy Bufford Field in Lincolnton when they renew their rivalry with their very first opponent ever.
But in these modern times, the visiting team won't have to travel by ferry as they did in 1922. But Lincolnton fans would be just as happy if this Friday mimics the result of that first game, 52-6 for the Georgia boys.
In fact, Lincolnton played its first two games against McCormick, but the Carolina lads feared no better the second time around, falling 62-0 eight days later.
1922 - when many students came to the new Lincolnton High School by horse - is long gone, but that winning tradition born that year by a small group of young men coached by W. T. "Tutt" Dunaway still continues and is stronger than ever, as our Devils start 2007 as two-time defending Class A champs.
South Carolina schools started their gridiron schedule a week earlier than Georgia, so McCormick already has one game under its belt. The Chiefs lost at home to the Red Devils (from Great Falls, that is) 21-14. Great Falls is often a title contender in South Carolina's Class A.
McCormick led Great Falls with 3:11 left, but a poor kickoff, a great drive, and a key penalty helped Great Falls win in the comeback. Jerel Franklin tied the game with a 75-yard punt return with 3:11 left. Fumbles led to early scores by both squads.
Click here for The Greenwood Index-Journal's report on last week's game.
Click here for photos from last week's game in McCormick.
Click here for the Lincoln County vs McCormick series history.