Storm Forces Commerce Game to be Rescheduled for Saturday at 6 PM

September 16, 2004

Lincoln County will travel to Commerce this Saturday (6 PM kickoff) in a game postponed due to a hurricane. Yes, there's a reason that sounds familiar.

Two years ago the game between our Devils and Commerce was postponed one week due to the threat of a hurricane. As it turned out, that week gave the Tigers an extra week of practice on their surprise for Lincoln: the option offense. The result, on the night when Larry Campbell could have won his record-setting 347th game, was a disappointing 28-6 loss.

Powerful Hurricane Ivan came ashore on the Gulf cost Thursday morning, and is dumping several inches of rain throughout much of the Peach State. Many games are being postponed to Saturday, as suggested by the GHSA.

Commerce Coach Steve Savage (career 134-50) returns 13 starters overall, six on offense and seven on defense. RB Dennis Wilder and QB Josh Haynes graduated, but a returning offensive line will certainly help the new talent. In four games (2-2) this season, the Tigers have averaged 31 points per game. They lost their leading tackler to graduation, and so far are allowing over 27 points per game.

For one of the few times in many years, Commerce is not in the AJC Top 10, while Region 8-A competitors Athens Academy and Jefferson are. But when November arrives, don't be surprised to see Commerce as the 8-A champion.

Lincoln leads the series 6-4, with five of the games decided by 7 points or less. This rivalry has developed over the past 5 seasons to be one of the classics in Georgia high school football.

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