For the first time since 1922, the series between our Red Devils and the Tigers from Washington-Wilkes is tied. That should change Friday night in Lincolnton.
Obviously this Friday's meeting does not have the same significance and surrounding hoopla as last December's once-in-forever matchup for the Class A state championship in front of 6,500 fans. The National Guard is not being mobilized this week.
But, it is still a W-W vs LC matchup. It is still regarded as one of the best, and fiercest, rivalries in this part of the world. While this game this year will not make-or-break either team's season, it can certainly provide momentum for the rest of 2006. "The 378 War", while in no way compared to the real war being fought by brave Americans, remains the biggest regular season game for either team.
Lincoln County is coming off two strong wins, but can't afford to be over-confident for a split second. A couple of injuries from last week's game could make this week tougher.
Washington-Wilkes trampled Elbert County in their pre-season scrimmage, then whipped Warren County 35-16 in the season opener. The Tigers took an early lead last week against Thomson before the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half, winning 40-16.
The Tigers return 7 offensive starters but only 3 on defense, which showed last week. Senior QB Clete Wilson returns, as does senior back Kelmetrus Wylie. Jareon Small rushed for 1,037 yards and 11 YDs last season and returns for his junior year. Wilson, Wylie, and other Tigers are considered college propects.