Lincoln County's Red Devils will kickoff their 2016 varsity season this Friday in South Carolina as they visit the McCormick Chiefs.
The Devils are returning many key players on both sides of the ball. In the storm-shortened preseason scrimmage against larger Evans High on August 12, the local boys showed new energy in their new offensive scheme.
McCormick is led offensively by junior Mataeo Durant, who is coming off two 1,000-yard seasons. Durant is one of the outstanding offensive players in the local area and in South Carolina.
The Chiefs opened their season last Friday, but came up short against Fox Creek. The game was close until Fox Creek scored three touchdowns in the final period.
McCormick is the local high school's oldest and closest rival. The two schools, less than 19 miles apart, first met in 1922 when the Georgia team won 52-6. Back then, the visiting team had to take a ferry to cross the Savannah River.
While the season is ready to crank up locally, three Red Devil graduates are working hard to help their college teams.
Charles Folger Jr. earned a scholarship at the University of Tennessee after walking on in previous seasons. Charles wears #90 for the Volunteers as a fifth-year senior offensive lineman. UT is expected to have a great season this fall.
Zyrecus Letman is a wide receiver at Appalachian State after two years at Georgia Military. The junior redshirted last season. Lincoln County will be well represented September 1 in Knoxville when App State takes on the Volunteers.
Jalen Wade is a sophomore linebacker at Georgia Military in Milledgeville. He made 16 tackles, including 11 solo tackles, in 7 games last season.
The pigskin flies at 7:30 this Friday in McCormick.