Unbeaten Aquinas Visits Lincolnton for Homecoming

September 27, 2004

Undefeated Aquinas brings its big linemen and great running back to Buddy Bufford Field this Friday as Lincoln County celebrates Homecoming.


We were sent this email Wednesday night:

Hi Folks! Although [we] no longer live in Lincoln County, we still faithfully follow the Red Devils. You should be aware that a mass email went out today to all who are connected with Aquinas High School to let them know to SHOW UP at the LCHS game this Friday. They want to make sure their fans are loud and in large numbers. LC always gets the fans there, but you guys better do something to get the fans out of their seats. The football team needs the support of the fans! Go Devils!! -- Jay & Debbie

OK, Devil Fans -- Let's show Aquinas what it is like when an undefeated team comes to The Bud looking to make our Devils another notch on their victory belt -- and at our Homecoming game!
Bring your noisemakers and

Aquinas, now 5-0, is having its best start in school history. Head Coach Jim Connor, formerly at Evans, has been busy getting boys to come out for the Fighting Irish football team. Their numbers have grown from 17 to over 50 in only a couple of years.

And Coach Conner is finding some big boys in the halls of Aquinas High. Sophomore Nick Ryan didn't play football last year, but now the 6-foot-8, 325-pound lineman opens holes for junior tailback Patrick Nordman. Defensive lineman Gene Maddox and tackle Michael Blackwell are both 6-foot-3, 315-pound juniors.

Aquinas certainly appears headed for a playoff spot, but this year the Irish won't be happy with a third or fourth spot. They return 11 starters on offense and 10 on defense. They're big, they're fast, they're experienced, and they're hungry for a big win. This is not the same Aquinas team we've seen in the past many years.

The Irish have averaged winning their 5 games by over 4 touchdowns, 34-8. They shocked Class AAA Richmond Academy 24-7 to open the season.

Homecoming and senior recognition always seem to be distractions for the Devils. Lincoln may also be missing starters Gavin Williams and Alex Wideman this week as they recover from injuries sustained at Athens Academy.