Lincoln County will host Dooly County this Friday to begin the 2013 Class A Public playoffs.
The Bobcats edged the Red Devils 10-7 in last year's semi-finals at Buddy Bufford Field. Dooly ranked #10 in the power ratings, with our Devils #7. Both teams are 7-3.
Dooly has averaged scoring 32 points per game while allowing nearly 16, for a scoring differential of 16.6. The Bobcats would have won Region 4-A had they not lost to Marion County 27-25. That was their only loss in the last 8 games, after losing to larger schools in their first two games.
Like last year, the Bobcats are again tough on defense, having shutout four of their last seven opponents. They won their last two games by a combined score of 88-0.
Currently our Devils and Buford are the only two schools to win their first round game every year this century, but that will be severely tested this Friday. The Devils' last first-round loss was in 1996. That year and 1981 are the only two seasons of the last 40 that the Devils did not win at least one playoff game. Lincoln County's run of 40 straight playoff years is a Georgia state record.
In other games of local interest, Aquinas will host Savannah Christian in the Class A Private first round, and Washington-Wilkes will host the Western Red Devils from Bowdon in the Class AA second round.
In other football news, based on recently released attendance, Lincoln County will remain in Class A for the next two years, unless it opts to play up, . The GHSA has voted to return to using 9-12 attendance numbers, rather than 9-11 like last time. Another recent vote indicated the current split playoff system will be continued in Class A for the next two years. Region assignments could be different, as apparently more GISA schools (including 3 from Macon) will be joining GHSA before next year.
The winner of the Lincoln-Dooly game will play the winner of Marion County vs. Turner County.
Get out and support our Red Devils this Friday!