Devils Face Potent "Flying Tiger" Offense in Metter

December 04, 2003

Lincoln County's Red Devils make their first visit to Metter this Friday, and it promises to be a tough "Rumble in the Jungle" against the Tigers and their high-flying offense.

Take a look at these statistics for fourth-ranked Metter, provided by their official statistician Mark Holland:

  • QB Zach Stanford has completed 175-of-327 passes for 2,858 yards with 27 TDs and 12 interceptions. The yardage total is a school record for a single season, breaking the old record of 2,751 yards he set last year.
  • RB Ricky Green has rushed for 1,073 yards and 17 TDs on 168 carries. He has 402 yards and five TDs in the two playoff games.
  • Metter has six players with at least 15 catches:
    • WR Octavian Henderson (50 for 890 and 6 TDs),
    • WR Tray Ricks (40 for 568 and 9 TDs),
    • WR Dillon Harper (31 for 438 and 4 TDs),
    • TE Jessie Hadden (20 for 368 and 4 TDs),
    • WR Eric Williams (17 for 363 and 3 TDs),

    • RB Ricky Green (15 for 223 and 1 TD).

Stanford, a junior, has started since his freshman year and this year has thrown the ball 200 times more than Lincoln's Travis Clark! Green, Henderson, and Williams are all being looked at by the colleges. Stanford, Green, and Williams were All-State last season, with Stanford the Coastal Empire Player of the Year for all classes in 2002, throwing for 2,751 and 29 TDs as a sophomore. Williams is also a secondary star, and returns along with seven other starters on defense. Metter played but lost in the Dome semi-finals the past two seasons, and lost to Lincoln County 33-7 in the 2000 quarterfinals. The Georgia High School Football magazine says "Metter is loaded again, and after knocking on the door twice the Tigers want nothing less than to be fitted for rings." 

Metter is 11-1, with the only blemish coming in Twin City when ECI nipped the Tigers 15-10 when Metter fumbled twice deep in their territory. Metter won the Region 3-A Championship by making a big comeback against then-undefeated Calvary Baptist in Savannah to win 29-28. Calvary Baptist had much-heralded Clinch County beat for most of their game last week before losing late 15-9.

In its first 12 games of 2003, the Tigers have averaged scoring 32 points while allowing 13, for an average winning margin of 19 points. For comparison, Lincoln County has an average winning margin of nearly 34 points, scoring 39 and allowing 5 per game. Warren County was the only common opponent: Metter won 22-6, and Big Red won 55-20.

In Metter's hometown newspaper, the Metter Advertiser, Tiger Coach Shane Dular calls Lincoln County the "Valdosta of Class A football." "'What their program has been able to accomplish over such a long period of time is incredible,' said Dular, who is in his first season as a head coach."

Links to more Metter Information:

Click here for comments (from Augusta Chronicle) from Coach Larry Campbell about Metter's Flying Tiger offense he has to coach against this week.

In other Class A quarterfinal games Friday, Dooly County will travel to Trion and Commerce will go south to play Hawkinsville. Clinch County will visit Landmark Christian Saturday, kicking off at 7 PM. The only undefeated teams left in Class A are L. Campbell-coached Red Devils (Hawkinsville and LC).