Preview: LC vs W-W 2002

August 24, 2002

There really isn't much more that can be said about this rivalry. Last year, Lincoln faithful hope, was the high point for the Tigers in this 80-year-old rivalry, as the W-W group handed the Devils one of their worst losses in school history, and scored the most points ever on a Lincolnton team.

The 2002 Red Devils are intent on ending the Tigers' rivalry win streak at three games. But the Lincoln fans, players, and coaches realize that defeating W-W in 2002 will be a very tough chore, as the Devils are young but with great heart (and some speed and a good line).

On the blue and yellow side of the field, the Tigers again have great talent. They have two highly touted defensive players:

  • Richard Cook, a 6-4 270-pound senior defensive end that is ranked by some as one of the top 3 defensive prospects in the nation; named to AJC's State Super 11.
  • Clinton Willis, a 6-1 220-point senior linebacker and running back.

Cook and Will are both selected on the Augusta Chronicle's Dream 16 and on the Athens Banner-Herald's Prep Stars, and are being recruited by several major colleges.

Coaching his first Washington-Wilkes game will be Ross New, replacing Frank Vohun who is now coaching Lee County in south Georgia. New was at Carrollton for two seasons after having great success at Irwin County.

New has changed the Tigers to his offensive and defensive schemes. Our sources tell us this includes a wide open offense featuring the shotgun. Although the Tigers are concerned about their offensive and defensive lines, we understand that Coach New said he had never seen so much raw athletic talent as he has at W-W.

The next battle in The 378 War will be played this Friday in Lincolnton. Gates open at 6 PM.