After two strong wins to open its 2011 season, Lincoln County has moved up 4 places to #5 in this week's AJC/GHSFDaily rankings.
The Devils started the season at #9, then moved up to #7 after the opening 69-6 drubbing of Harlem. The huge win in Abbeville last Friday cemented the Devils' status as a championship contender this season.
Savannah Christian, the school that sent our Devils out of the playoffs the past two seasons, is the top-ranked team. Eagles Landing Christian is second after barely losing 21-18 to Briarwood Christian, the top-ranked Class 5A school in Alabama.
Defending 7-A champ Wilkinson County is third after beating Johnson County 21-0 in its opener. The Warriors and our Devils are the favorites in 7-A.
ECI totaled nearly 500 yards offense as it pounded neighbor AA school Swainsboro 34-13 and is ranked fourth.
Clinch County dropped from #1 to #6 after a lackluster 14-7 win over Class AA Pierce County last Friday. The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but their offense struggled after that. Wesleyan is seventh after surviving a 43-40 scorefest with Seminole County.
Wilcox County might have graduated all-state QB Nick Marshall, but Miller County couldn't tell it as the Pirates were on the losing end of a 34-0 shellacking. The Patriots are eighth, just ahead of Darlington and Charlton County. Darlington beat Dade Christian of Florida 42-35.
In other action, Washington-Wilkes was pounded by Thomson 53-6 in a game between two new head coaches. Aquinas lost a squeaker to Landmark Christian, 10-8. Twiggs County, under new head coach Josh Lowe, was whipped by Northwest Macon 48-6. Hancock Central lost to Putnam County 41-8. Warren County, under new head coach David Daniel, ran wild over Glascock County 51-7.
McCormick, Lincoln's opponent this Thursday night, lost 34-14 to Class AA Edisto.