After a wild off-season that could have season a major upheaval in Class A schedules, Lincoln County's football slate will feature only 2 new foes this fall.
First Presbyterian Day School of Macon will be the only new Region 7-A opponent. The Vikings moved from GISA two years ago. They played in Region 5-A the last two years, and the GHSA denied their petition to play in 4-A in 2012-14. FPD was 8-3 in 2011, including a 31-21 region win over state runner-up Landmark Christian.
The other new opponent is Ninety Six from Greenwood County. The Wildcats are essentially replacing Abbeville on the Red Devils' schedule. Ninety Six has a strong football heritage, including state championships in 2000 and 2001 when Devil assistant Mike Doolittle was the Wildcats' head coach. Doolittle won 106 and lost 55 games during his 13 seasons at the school (1994-2006).
With Washington-Wilkes moving back to Class AA, the Devils and the Tigers will renew their long rivalry in the second game of the season on September 7 at Buddy Bufford Field. W-W is in 8-AA for the next two seasons, and won't play Thomson. The Tigers open with Calhoun Falls while our Devils play McCormick August 31.
Hancock Central visits Lincolnton to close-out the regular season. While there is much talk about Hancock being scheduled to play in Warrenton on September 28, the Bulldogs best pay attention to their September 14 game; they have to play at powerhouse Buford (now in AAA).
Click here for the complete GHSA 2012 football schedule.
While the Class A playoffs will be split into separate brackets for public schools and private schools, games between public and private may count into the seeding process for the 16 teams that will make up each bracket. As always, every game is important.
September 21 and November 16 will be open dates for the Devils. Playoffs will begin November 23 for Class A teams.
8/31 At McCormick, SC
9/14 Nintey-Six, SC
9/28 At First Presbyterian
10/05 At Warren County
10/11 At Aquinas
10/19 Georgia Military College
10/26 At Twiggs County
11/02 Wilkinson County
11/09 Hancock Central