The Red Devils, ranked a surprising 7th in the preseason AP Class A poll, face four ranked teams during their regular season.
Lincoln County, coming off a 6-6 season, is surprisingly ranked #7 in the preseason AP Class A poll. Clinch County is picked as the best team in Class A, followed by Bowdon, Metter, fellow 7-A team Johnson County, Athens Academy, and Miller County. Finishing out the top 10 are #8 Commerce, Hawkinsville, and Taylor County.
The Devils kick off the season August 30 when they host the Washington-Wilkes Tigers, ranked 4th in Class AA. Defending Class A champion Buford was moved to AA for 2002 and is ranked 3rd behind Americus and Cook.