Lincoln County Top-Ranked Football Dynasty

August 15, 2012

It wasn't close. GHSF Daily reported this morning that Lincoln County's great record from 1974-2011 ranked the Red Devils as Georgia's best football dynasty since 1948.

At 38 years (and counting), the Red Devils' current dynasty is also the longest since 1948. The dynasty rating is 424.47 and includes a record of 448-71-2 with 11 state titles.

A distant second, over 100 points behind, was Valdosta's run from 1977 to 2003 with a 323.11 ranking.

The GHSF Daily article explained the ratings: "Maxwell's 'dynasty rating' measures two things: The program's dominance as compared to its peers in its classification, and the program's longevity of its reign. A program might experience minor dips during its reign, but any dip must be brief and surrounded by periods of dominance on each side that are strong enough to offset the dip. The Maxwell Ratings analyze a team's performance using the score, the site and the quality of competition, so teams that consistently perform well against strong opponents can earn a high rating without necessarily winning each game."

The Red Devils' great years from 1960 to 1965 were ranked 30th in the list of dynasties.

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Here's the all-time top 10:

Seasons - School (W/L/T) - Points

1974-2011 - Lincoln County (448-71-2) - 424.47
1977-2003 - Valdosta (308-48-3) - 323.11
1950-1873 - Valdosta (236-38-6) - 297.64
1999-2011 - Buford (177-11-0) - 292.93
1992-2010 - Charlton County (208-40-1) - 230.03
1998-2011 - Northside, Warner Robins (169-18-0) - 178.68
1987-2010 - Clinch County (232-69-2) - 176.96
1971-1995 - Warner Robins (263-41-3) - 144.75
1948-1966 - Jesup (150-50-8) - 139.09
1996-2011 - Lowndes (169-36-0) - 124.85

Washington-Wilkes outstanding 1960's was 17th with 101.74 ranking (89-23-6 and 4 titles from 1960-69). Thomson from 1965-70 (62-4-0) was 18th with a 98.52 mark.