QUARTERFINALS: Devils Head South To Brunswick To Play Tough McIntosh
November 15, 2004
The Lincoln County Red Devil nation will be packing their bags this week as they travel south to meet Region 3-A champion McIntosh County Academy in the Class A quarterfinals, with a trip to the Dome on the line.The game will be at Glynn County Stadium in Brunswick.
On Tuesday afternoon during an exclusive interview with RedDevils.us, Red Devil Head Coach Larry Campbell commented that the MCA Bucs were the finest group of athletes he's ever had to prepare for. He said the stadium issue had taken time away from his game preparation, but as of Tuesday noon, his only focus would be getting his Devils ready for a battle.
"MCA fan" graciously provided this information on the 2004 Buccaneers, who execute a well-rounded offense and tenacious defense:
The offense is very balanced. MCA will use several running backs, tops of which is Aldrin Palmer (#5), 3A player of the year. Quarterback
Altorien Reed (#7) was co-quarterback 1st team 3A. The receivers are very talented, particularly Dominique Wilson (#1), and tight
end Pernell Watson (#8). The starting middle linebacker is a guy by the name of Allen Bailey (#35), not sure of exact size but around 6-5, 230.
He is a sophomore and will be playing on Saturdays in 3 years (possibly the most talented underclassman I have seen in a long time). He also alternates as the starting fullback. The offense is a traditional pro set with two wideouts, tight end, and I-formation. They occasionally will line up in a wing T formation however. Defensively, Watson lines up on the D-line [and is a] great tackler; Bailey in the middle, deep safety is Palmer and he has taken a couple of [interceptions]'s back for scores. Palmer has around 1200 yards rushing and 23 or so TD's (not all on offense, some on punt returns, [interception] returns, etc).
McIntosh's 30-0 shutout of #4 Twiggs County stunned Class A last Friday. The Bucs 3 losses were to strong teams: 28-0 season opener to Charlton County, which is in the AA quarters; 34-20 to Appling County, which lost in the AA first round; and 55-54 in double overtime to Calvary Baptist Day, which just barely missed the playoffs. MCA has scored 391 points while allowing 182 for an average winning margin of about 17 points. (Lincoln: 317-81 for average margin of nearly 20 points.)
MCA handed Portal its first loss of the season 20-0, and defeated Savannah Country Day (also in the quarterfinals after upseting Pacelli) 20-13.
Friday's game will be the Devils' first against McIntosh County Academy and their coach, Robby Robinson. Coach Robinson began his head coaching career with success at Metter in 2001 (9-5) and 2002 (12-2) (losing in semifinals both years) before moving to Class AA Fitzgerald for the 2003 season (7-5). His Buccaneers are 9-3 as their coach makes his third quarterfinals in four years as a head coach.
The Bucs have playoff experience as well, making the quarterfinals in 2001 (8-5) and the first round in 2002 (6-5) before a disappointing 5-5 season last year.
This week may remind some Devil fans of last season. This and last year, LC traveled south to play the 3-A champion. The Devils could achieve a major all-time milestone: 600 wins in 2003, 100 playoff wins in 2004. Their opponent was due to play the last game on their field, with a move to a new field planned for the following season. But LCHS fans should not expect this game to have the same unbelievable outcome; with due respect to Metter, these MCA Bucs appear to be stronger overall.
The Devils are currently 99-23 in the playoffs, including 28-10 on the road during The Campbell Years. Only fabled Valdosta has more GHSA playoff wins with 110.