Westside High's football team will make its inaugural trip to Buddy Bufford Field this Friday night to take on the undefeated Red Devils.
In their first meeting last year, the young Devil squad committed many mistakes to aid a 40-7 Patriot win. After that, the Devils improved to finish 6-2 (with both losses being very close) after a 1-2 start.
The Class AAA Patriots are 1-2 this year, with a 27-20 win over Richmond Academy but big losses to Evans and Screven County (42-0 last Friday). Westside made the playoffs last year but its last winning season came in 2006. The school was formed in 1970.
Lincoln County is coming off a bye week after big wins over McCormick (41-6) and Washington-Wilkes (26-13). That time has given the Red Devils time to work on some of the areas of concern seen in the first two games and help heal some injuries.
The Red Devils don't play public Richmond County schools in football very often. They are __ 11-3 against Hepzibah, 2-2 against Glenn Hills, and 5-4 against the Richmond County "B" squad.
The Devils are 32-4-1 against private school Aquinas, and 2-0 against its predecessor, Boys Catholic High.
Back in the 1920s, the Lincolnton team would often play the "Shamrocks" from Augusta on Thanksgiving afternoon. This was a team apparently comprised of boys from the local Catholic school. From 1922 to 1928, the Lincolnton team won five of seven meetings.
In 1925, the match-up between the Shamrocks and Lincolnton was a big occasion in Augusta. The visitors won 19-0 on Thanksgiving afternoon. The Augusta team came visiting the following October, and the Lincolnton team again won, 13-0.
The Shamrocks invited Lincolnton's Bearcats for Thanksgiving (1926). Well, reports in this newspaper indicate it wasn't exactly the same Shamrocks team that had visited Lincolnton six weeks earlier. Back then, there were not tight rules on who could participate. The Shamrocks apparently loaded their roster with some boys home from college for the holiday. The Shamrocks shutout the Lincolnton team 28-0 at the Richmond Academy field.
The pigskin is set to fly this Friday at 7:30 in Larry Campbell Stadium. Be there and support the 2015 Red Devils!