Football Friday in Lincolnton

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Signs in support of the Red Devils line Washington Street in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Marcus Spratlin, co-owner of Spratlin Hardware & Building, hangs a sign that reads "Nail 'Em Devils" outside the store on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Spratlin played quarterback for the Red Devils from 1977 to 1980, and his cousin's son, James, is currently the place kicker. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Marcus Spratlin, co-owner of Spratlin Hardware & Building, hangs a sign that reads "Nail 'Em Devils" outside the store on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Spratlin played quarterback for the Red Devils from 1977 to 1980, and his cousin's son, James, is currently the place kicker. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Hardee's in Lincolnton, Ga. has a supportive sign for the Lincoln County Red Devils on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Lamar LeRoy, who played on the 1963 state championship team, owns the restaurant and several others. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A photo of Lamar LeRoy, who played on the 1963 state championship team, hangs on the wall at Papa's Pizza. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lamar LeRoy, who played on the 1963 state championship team, talks about his favorite memories of Lincoln County football at the Hardee's, which he owns along with several others, in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. LeRoy's son played and grandson is currently on the football team. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Dee Turner played on the 1963 state championship team before going on to play at Georgia Tech, pictured in this 1965 photo at Papa's Pizza. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Dee Turner, who played on the 1963 state championship team, talks about his favorite memories of Lincoln County football at the Hardee's in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Turner's son, Ben Turner, is currently on the football team. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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4-year-olds Allie Drake Robertson (center left), granddaughter of Coach Larry Campbell, and Sawyer Purdy (center right) shake noisemakers with their classmates before the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County Middle School students cheer during the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The band lines the school hallways as the football players walk to the gym before the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Football players and high school cheerleaders high five elementary school students at the start of the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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4-year-olds Allie Drake Robertson (center left), granddaughter of Coach Larry Campbell, and Sawyer Purdy (center right) slap hands with high school football players during the beginning of the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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High school cheerleaders high five elementary school students at the start of the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sophomore Connell Bennett is hugged by an elementary school student at the start of the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Signs in support of the Red Devils are seen on a car parked on Main Street in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cheerleaders cheer during the pep rally on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The elementary, middle and high schools gathered in the gym for a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Senior Ben Turner is introduced during the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. Turner's father, Dee, played on the 1963 state championship team. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The elementary, middle and high schools gathered in the gym for a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The elementary, middle and high schools gathered in the gym for a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Junior Jalen Wade is introduced during the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Senior running back Mike McIntire is introduced during the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Students and teachers participate in a skit at the pep rally before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School, depicted in green jerseys, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sophomore Xavian Banks cheers during the pep rally, which included all three Lincoln County schools, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Students and teachers participate in a skit at the pep rally before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School, depicted in green jerseys, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The elementary, middle and high schools gathered in the gym for a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The elementary, middle and high schools gathered in the gym for a pep rally on Friday afternoon. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jamar Norman wears a devil mask after the pep rally at Lincoln County High School on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A sign supporting the football team is seen on the marquee of Papa's Pizza in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A woman wears a Lincoln County shirt with the Red Devils as the "good", the Washington-Wilkes Tigers as the "bad" and Aquinas High School as the "ugly" at Papa's Pizza in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A team photo of the 1962 state championship team is displayed beside individual portraits at Papa's Pizza, where the walls are covered in Red Devil sports photos, in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Portraits of coach Larry Campbell (top) and coach Carroll "Buddy" Bufford are displayed at Papa's Pizza, where the walls are covered in Red Devil sports photos, in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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One of the water towers is painted in support of the Red Devils. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Guillebeau "Guil" Mattison, a former player and vice president at Farmers State Bank who also works as the PA announcer for games, talks about the football team at his office in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Mattison's has two sons, James, 9, and Thomas, 15, who is currently on the football team. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Guillebeau "Guil" Mattison, a former player and vice president at Farmers State Bank who also works as the PA announcer for games, has a Lincoln County replica football helmet displayed beside a photo of his sons at his office in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013. Mattison's has two sons, James (right), 9, and Thomas, 15, who is currently on the football team. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jessica Martyn puts out plates of food for the football players before the team's pregame meal at Huddle House on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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All players were served the same pregame meal at Huddle House on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Junior Quinton Cleveland steps off the bus with his teammates as they enter the Huddle House for the pregame meal on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Football players enter the Huddle House, walking past a sign announcing the restaurant is closed to feed the team, for the pregame meal on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Mike Doolittle, offensive coordinator, jokes with Lincoln LeRoy, a junior lineman, after the team's pregame meal at Huddle House in Lincolnton, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. LeRoy is the third generation in his family to play football at Lincoln County High School. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Red Devil team eats its pregame meal at Huddle House on Friday. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Red Devil team eats its pregame meal at Huddle House on Friday. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Red Devil team eats its pregame meal at Huddle House on Friday. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jalen Smith (6) thanks the staff of the Huddle House on behalf of the team for the pregame meal on Friday. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Players watch the movie Friday Night Lights before the game on Friday. Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A list of years the Lincoln County football team was state champion and runner up are painted on the outside of the stadium. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cheerleader Carson Goldman, 16, paints numbers on the cheek of Madi Welch before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cheerleader Carson Goldman, 16, paints numbers on the cheek of Madi Welch before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cheerleader MarCailyn Crutch, 17, ties balloons to the fence before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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5-year-old Russell Gibson, dressed in full football uniform, sits with his family before the game on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Gibson said he already has his football career planned out and dreams of playing for Lincoln County before going to the University of Georgia and then to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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People line up for the "Devil Walk" as coaches and players make their way from the buses to the locker room before the game on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sawyer Purdy (from left), 4 McCord Purdy, 6 Thomas McWhorter, 5 and Campbell Robinson, 8, line up to slap hands with the players during the "Devil Walk" from the school buses to the stadium locker rooms before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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People participate in the "Devil Walk" before the game as Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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People participate in the "Devil Walk" before the game as Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Eddie Drinkard (center) shakes hands with other members of the 1963 state championship team as they reminisce on the field before the Lincoln County football team's game against Aquinas on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The 1963 team was there to be recognized for winning the championship 50 years ago. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Edmunds Wells (left) shakes hands with Curtis McGill (right) and Lamar LeRoy (center) as they and other members of the 1963 state championship team reminisce on the field before the Lincoln County football team's game against Aquinas on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The 1963 team was there to be recognized for winning the championship 50 years ago. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Edmunds Wells (center), Eddie Drinkard (right) and other members of the 1963 state championship team reminisce on the field before the Lincoln County football team's game against Aquinas on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The 1963 team was there to be recognized for winning the championship 50 years ago. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The 1963 Lincoln County football team was recognized for winning the championship 50 years ago before the Lincoln County football team's game against Aquinas on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jalen Smith (6), Demarion Jones (4) and other football players watch Aquinas players warm up before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Players wait in the weight room before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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David Byrne bows his head in the weight room before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The crowd watches Aquinas kick off during Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cheerleaders get the crowd excited before Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sophomores David Byrne and Max Ashmore raise their helmets before kickoff of Lincoln County's game against Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County cheerleaders celebrate a long kickoff return in the first half of the Red Devils' loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Marcus Spratlin, co-owner of Spratlin Hardware & Building, holds the first down marker as he works with the chain crew on the sideline during the game on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Spratlin played quarterback for the Red Devils from 1977 to 1980, and his cousin's son, James, is currently the place kicker. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Red Devil stickers, which are typically given as awards for good plays, decorate the helmet of senior Ron White during Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The cheerleaders celebrate after the Red Devil's first touchdown during the first quarter as Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Coach Larry Campbell watches as senior running back Mike McIntire scores his second touchdown during Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sophomore Xavian Banks celebrates Lincoln County's touchdown in the second quarter of the Red Devils' loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Senior running back Mike McIntire rests after scoring his second touchdown during Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Students cheer after the Red Devil's first touchdown during the first quarter as Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Defensive coordinator Kevin Banks talks to the team during halftime as Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Lincoln County lost 42-14 to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Aquinas head coach James Leonard (left) and Coach Larry Campbell meet at midfield after Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. It was the first time in 41 years that the Red Devils lost to rival Aquinas. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Junior Jalen Wade and his teammates line up to shake hands with the Fighting Irish team after Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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People stand on the field after Lincoln County's 42-14 loss to Aquinas High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Javerius Smith (left) and Jaquante Carter (center) and the rest of the football team are served a post-game meal at the booster club tent on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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