Trion's Bulldogs, coming off an upset win over Darlington, will make the long to Lincolnton this Friday to take on the Region 7-A Champion Lincoln County. Kickoff is 7:30.
The Bulldogs have had an up and down year, losing their first two to larger schools before winning 4 against two AA and two A teams. Their 21-14 stunner over Region 6-A champ Darlington ended their regular season at 6-4, but served notice that this team is now ready to play football.
That record is 3 games better than last year's 3-7 in David Humphrey's first season as head coach. These western 'Dogs run a split-back veer and triple option offenses, and a blitz 4-3 defense. Six starters returned on offense with 8 back on defense. Their best player is said to be running back Ryan Wilson, with Glen Emery, Tanner Heyer, and Nick Coker also key. Wilson rushed for a thousand yards last year.
Trion will travel over 4 hours and 225 miles to reach Buddy Bufford Field. This will be the Bulldogs second visit to Lincolnton, with their first visit in 2006 one they wish to forget (a 53-8 loss). The two teams met in the Dome in the 2003 semifinals, as Lincoln County jumped out to a huge lead but then had to score late to win 28-24.
The first meeting between our Devils and Trion is one of the most remembered games in Devil history. The 1974 state championship game in northwest Georgia ended 7-0 in Trion's favor.