Lincoln County will try to take another important step toward the 2006 Region 7-A Championship Friday night in Warrenton when they face the Screaming Devils of Warren County.
The only "Screaming Devils" in the country, Warren County has a 3-game winning streak and has won four of their last five. A 28-15 loss to Twiggs County in late September is the only blemish on their region slate.
Lee Hutto has taken over as the Screaming Devils coach. He previously was an assistant coach at Washington-Wilkes and Thomson, and brings a new attitude to a school that always has great athletes. He has improved their weight-training program, and could be in the early stages of having a powerhouse program. The Screaming Devils were 8-4 in 2005, defeating Commerce in the playoffs before losing in the second round.
Warren returns five offensive starters, including outstanding quarterback Tommy Seals. Seals, a junior, has averaged over 700 yards rushing in his first two seasons. Their offense will run the Wing-T popular with many schools, while the defense will use an uncommon 3-5-3 scheme. They lost their leading rusher and leading receiver to graduation, along with two key defensive players.
We have heard speculation of a new football facility for Warren County, but ground has not yet been broken. This week's game will be at the usual locale, on the bypass. Our sources indicate Warren County has made some improvements to the stands and to the pressbox.