With realignment, several marquee schools face big games on this Friday's opening night of 2004 football.
Topping the list will be a war in Hawkinsville, as the Washington County Golden Hawks and their rabid fans flock into the home of those other Red Devils. When the smoke clears from this smashup of #1 Class A vs #4 Class AAA, we just hope our buddies AHill and Ole Timer can still talk. I heard OT is shining up those red shoes to welcome WaCo to Da 'Ville.
Trion, still trying to understand how they lost at the Dome to that team in Red & White that had "Faith of the Heart", must visit Tiger Stadium in Commerce Saturday night. This battle between Top Ten teams will show how both teams have overcome graduation losses and may fair in the new season. Lincoln travels to Commerce September 17.
Dooly County, a playoff contender in 2003, hosts Clinch County and their new coach. If you think Clinch County's Panthers may be down this season due to the coaching change, you best think again.
Twiggs County won't get to try out their new playing surface in The Pit this week, as they travel to Landmark Christian. The Cobras are heavily loaded this season, but must get going quickly. Their second game of the season will probably decide their region championship -- when they host defending state champ Hawkinsville in Region 4-A.
Washington-Wilkes hosts Class AAAA Lakeside, and Thomson hosts Elbert County in games of local interest. Burke County, Lincoln's opponent next week, opens 2004 with Jenkins County.
If you can't make it to Lincolnton Friday night, be sure to catch a high school game somewhere!!