Lincoln County's Red Devils start the 2005 season where they ended 2004, ranked third behind Hawkinsville and Clinch County in most polls. Those two teams from south and middle Georgia remain the kings of Class A after their title tie. Some say Clinch's Defense this season may be better than last year's record-setter. Bowdon, Bremen, Landmark, MCA, Twiggs, Johnson, and Calvary Day are expected to hang around the Top 10 all season.
And of course we can't forget our neighbors up US 378. Washington-Wilkes looks very strong with 15 returning starters, including strong running backs and an outstanding defensive lineman. Region 7-A should be decided in October when our Devils make their first trip to the renovated Tiger Stadium and its new visitor stands.
Our Red Devils have some major holes to fill, but some talented youngsters will step in where needed. They'll have to mature in a hurry as LCHS travels to Greensboro this Friday night to play the Greene County Tigers at 7:30. According to the Georgia High School Football Magazine, "... the Tigers return 13 starters. According to coach Larry Milligan, this year's team features talent at QB and at the skill positions and a defense that returns 9 starters. ... On offense, QB Josh Nesbitt returns to direct the unit. WR Emanual Drake is a Division I prospect who should give Nesbitt a good option downfield. Joining Nesbitt in the backfield will be college prospects RB Josh Clifton and FB Camiel Miller. On the offensive line is one of the biggest prospects in the state. Literally. OT Lionel Mapp is 6-6, 370 pounds and is a Division I prospect. LB Orlandis Nesbitt is a college prospect and headlines a strong returning cast. ..."
Lincoln has been hurt by injuries in the pre-season. Standout Brandon Barden is doubtful for the game due to a bad ankle sprain. Sophomore QB Austin Goldman is out indefinitely after knee surgery in Augusta this morning.