One of the area’s most intense rivalries is set for this week with plenty on the line.
The “378 War” pitting Lincoln County and Washington-Wilkes returns Friday at 7:30 p.m. in The Augusta Chronicle’s Game of the Week. The Tigers will play host this year in the 77th meeting.
The annual rivalry matchup features neighbors, friends and sometimes even family members facing off on the field. The two teams first met in 1922 and the game embodies small town high school football.
The two programs have combined for 18 state titles, including 14 for Lincoln County. The Red Devils have won the past three meetings, including twice last season when they met in the regular season and first round of the playoffs. They lead the Tigers 39-35-2 in the series.
Lincoln County is looking to get back on track after losing its past three to fall to 1-3, but all three losses were close. The Red Devils feature a talented playmaking core of Javon Reid, Gerard Hearst, Jamal Norman and Duke Roberts.
Washington-Wilkes is also 1-3 but faced a tough non-region schedule that included two consecutive state-ranked opponents. Donovan Anthony, Malik Hall and Deondre Lester are considered the go-to athletes.
— David Lee, staff writer