Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School makes its first visit to Lincolnton this Friday night to kickoff the 2004 Class A Playoffs.
The Fairburn school will dress about 35, based on the picture from their website. Coach Curtis Barrineau took over the head duties after the Bobcats were 2-8 in 2003. Unfortunately their season started very badly and didn't improve much. OLM lost its season opener to power Pacelli 61-0, with a Bobcat player being seriously injured.
The only common opponent between our Devils and OLM is Aquinas. The Bobcats lost to the Irish 45-8 on September 18, while the Devils handed Aquinas its first loss 27-0 October 1. The Bobcats have averaged scoring 9.8 points per game, but have allowed 401. That's a 30-point deficit per game.
But like many small schools, the Bobcat players don't give up. Last Friday they came back to beat Mt. Zion 13-12 for their first win and a playoff berth. That was the good news. The bad news was that the playoff game would be in Lincolnton.
With all due respect to the Bobcats, Lincoln County should be able to use the game to get more experience for the Devil youngsters and to ready for the next playoff game. That contest will be anything but easy, as either Commerce or Trion will be coming to Lincolnton (barring the biggest upset of the decade) next week. The Tigers and the Bulldogs meet in Tiger Stadium for the second time this season; the Tigers won a barnburner 36-27 to open the season. And of course both Trion and Commerce think they have scores to settle with our Red Devils.
But first things first. OLM will be scrappy, and Lincoln County fans will need turn out for this week as they do for all playoff games. The Devils are approaching their 100th playoff win; they are currently 97-23, including 62-11 at home during The Campbell Years.