Washington. Tiger Stadium. Friday. 7:30. Be there.
Well, that's about all that needs to be said about this annual match-up, and the "be there" probably wasn't needed.
But, hey, we have a few more words anyway. The big news in Washington since last season has been the coaching change, with Lee Hutto moving over from Warren County to replace Russell Morgan, whose contract was not renewed. Morgan is now the defensive coordinator at Greene County.
Coach Hutto changed the Tiger offense from the Spread to the Wing-T. Eric Scott rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last season, giving him over 3,000 as he entered his senior season. Scott leads the speedy defense from his free safety position.
Like our Devils, the Tigers had heavy graduation losses, with only 4 starters returning on offense, and 3 on defense. There's only 5 seniors on the team, so this is a team that will only get better over the next couple of years.
Other outstanding Tigers include agile quarterback Teverrius Jones and linebacker Tyrance Ashmore.
Both teams had last week off after winning their Homecoming games on October 2.
The Tigers are 4-2 with wins over Banks County, Social Circle, Calhoun Falls, and Hancock Central. They lost to Thomson 28-7 and to Blessed Trinity 16-6.
Our Devils enter the game at 5-1 and as the #4 team in Class A, with Wilkinson County just behind. Washington-Wilkes is currently unranked. (LC opponents are 21-17 this season, with the Tigers' 6 foes 15-23.)
Friday will mark the 37th meeting of the teams in Washington. The Tigers hold the edge, but barely, with 18 wins to the Devils' 16 with 2 ties. In Lincolnton, the home team holds a 3-win advantage, 17-14-4.
The Tigers, for the first time since 1922, will be trying to tie the series record after the Devils finally took the lead with last season's 14-6 win. The Devils currently lead 33-32-6.
[The 378 War]
[Red Devils vs Tigers All-Time Series: LC leads 33-32-6]