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Lincoln County loses to Savannah Christian for third consecutive year

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The location was different, but the result was the same: When the game ended, Lincoln County watched Savannah Christian advance.

Sara Caldwell/staffOn Friday, September 23, 2011, Lincoln County High School beat Warren County County High School 10-7 at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. #12 QB Denzel Gunby, a senior from Lincoln County High, runs the ball down the field.   Sara Caldwell
Sara Caldwell
Sara Caldwell/staffOn Friday, September 23, 2011, Lincoln County High School beat Warren County County High School 10-7 at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton, Georgia. #12 QB Denzel Gunby, a senior from Lincoln County High, runs the ball down the field.

The Red Devils have been knocked out of the Class A state quarterfinals by the Raiders for three consecutive seasons, and this year’s elimination helped set up an all-private schools semifinals.

“I think we’re the best public school in the state of Georgia, without a doubt,” Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell said.

Looking ahead to next season, Campbell points to the challenges of losing players like quarterback Denzel Gunby, 1,000-yard rusher Craig Jones and lineman Charles Folger.

As for his future with the program, Campbell, who’s been the head coach since the 1972 season, is going to take some time to deliberate.

“I got a lot of thinking to do over the next two weeks,” Campbell said.

DOWN TO ONE: Burke County is the only area team still in the hunt for a state championship.

Edmund Burke lost in the GISA Class AA final to Piedmont for the second year in a row while five other schools were beaten in earlier rounds in the state playoffs this past Friday.

The three South Carolina teams (North Augusta, Silver Bluff, Strom Thurmond) in action saw their seasons end in the state semifinals. In Georgia, Aquinas and Lincoln County lost in the quarterfinals.

The last time a local team in the Georgia High School Association or the South Carolina High School League won a state crown was in 2009, when Williston-Elko won the SCHSL’s Class A Division II title.

PLAYING WITH THE BEST: Thomson’s John Atkins has been selected to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.

The game, featuring the country’s top seniors, is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It will be televised by ESPN.

Atkins is the No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation according to the ESPNU 150 rankings. He committed to Georgia this September and helped Thomson finish 9-2 his senior season.


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