All players hate them, but most coaches seem to love them. The unique mixing aromas of grass and sweat tell you that it is indeed that time of year. Football season is just a few short days away.
The 2002 season promises to be special in Lincoln County. The Red Devils will be trying to regain some of their respect after a disappointing 6-6 2001 campaign, their first non-winning season in 30 years.
But the real highlight will come sometime during the regular season. We don't know exactly when or where, but we certainly expect it to occur before the leaves fall. We all hope it happens in September - not just because it will take the pressure off, but because it also means the 2002 Devils will be off to a great start.
That highlight, of course, will be Coach Larry Campbell's 347th win, surpassing Lincolnton native Dan Pitts as the all-time winningest Georgia high school football coach. Coach's record stands at 343-57-3, three shy of tying the record at 346.
But this season, as in the past several years, the Lincolnton Lads will face very tough competition in its early games. Washington-Wilkes, Athens Academy, and Commerce all stand in the way of the young Devils.