Lincoln County's Red Devils will be looking for their 13th straight win this Friday night when they visit McCormick to play the Chiefs.
McCormick opened its 2006 season last Friday with another set of Red Devils. Great Falls whipped the Chiefs 33-6, but reports from the Palmetto State indicate the Chiefs, though not speedy, are hard-hitting and much improved this year.
The Chiefs were winless in 2005, but return 8 starters on offense and 8 starters on defense. The Chiefs are led on both sides of the ball by Jerel Franklin, a 5-11, 185-pound running/defensive back. He has good speed and has started the past two seasons. The Chiefs also expect great play from a 6-3, 190-pound freshman, Kentrell Freeman.
McCormick is the Red Devils' oldest rival, having been Lincolnton first-ever opponent in September of 1922. The Georgia boys won handily, 52-6. The last win for McCormick was 1974, 14-6, when the Chiefs were #1 in South Carolina and would play for the state title that year. That loss is Larry Campbell's only loss to a team from his home state.