Lincoln County's Red Devils will be looking for their first win of 2005 this Friday night at the Brierpatch when they make their first visit to Columbia County's Greenbrier High.
Greenbrier's Wolfpack is also winless in 2005 but showed improvement in their second game. Greenbrier opened the season August 26 with a loss to strong Morgan County 27-0, followed by a 35-23 defeat at the hands of Westside last Friday. (Morgan whipped Commerce 31-3 last week.)
Greenbrier had a disappointing 3-7 season last year after making the playoffs in 2003. The Wolfpack returns 7 starters on both sides of the ball. According to the Georgia High School Football Magazine, running backs Reggie Rice and Eric Smith are both Division I prospects who will also play as linebackers. Rice had 223 tackles over the past two seasons. New QB Sean Smith is a college prospect.
For the Lincoln County faithful not familiar with the location of the Brierpatch, you've been within a mile of it many times. As you travel to Augusta, after you pass Pollard's Corner, take a left at the next traffic signal (just past Windmill Plantation). Follow the road as it bears to the left, and the schools and stadium are on the left as you go up the hill.
Many of the Class A teams that normally start the season strong have struggled this year. Clinch County is 0-3 after losing three close games, including 25-13 to AA power Charlton County last week. Commerce is 1-2 and Twiggs County is 0-3. Washington-Wilkes looked strong in its first two games, including a 10-0 shutout of Thomson, but the Tigers themselves were blanked last Friday by Hart County. W-W trailed only 6-0 with 3 minutes left before Hart scored two quick TDs for a 21-0 final. Thomson continued to struggle and failed to score a touchdown for a second straight week, but booted a 25-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to nip Liberty County 3-0 last week.