This week will be a different chapter in the Aquinas and Lincoln County football series.
This week's Region 7-A game at Aquinas is the rare year the Irish meet Lincoln and they're the only team owning a winning record.
This has been a different year for the Red Devils. After starting out 0-3, Lincoln County has won two in a row heading into region play and appears to be coming around. It really looks like that to Irish coach Jim Connor.
"Looks like just another fine Lincoln County team to me," Connor said. "They have size and speed and lots of it and kids who work hard and do things right. They look like they've figured out just where they want everyone to be now. Lincoln County looks just like they did last year to me."
The Irish, who started 5-0 last season, were humbled early in a 27-0 loss in Lincolnton.
"The last time we beat them was Larry's (Lincoln County coach Larry Cambpell) first year," Connor said. "That was 1972."
Connor was in graduate school at Georgia that year.
The Irish (4-1) will still miss standout defensive lineman Gene Maddox for the game. The 6-foot-3, 340-pounder has still not gotten back his independent study course completion papers to send to the Georgia High School Association to verify his eligibility.
"I have to remind everyone those people work at their own pace," Connor said. "Not at our pace. I've told the team we can win with Gene in the lineup and can win with him out of the lineup."
Connor said Westside transfer William Young should be cleared to play Friday night. Young was also waiting on his clearance from the GHSA. The senior brings considerable size of his own to the defensive line. He's 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds. Maddox and Young made quite a pair in the preseason.
"We called ourselves 'double trouble' because the two of us were trouble for a team trying to run the ball on us," Young said earlier this season.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Connor praised senior linebacker/quarterback Lee Malchow for his effort so far this year for the Irish.
"He's been an excellent linebacker and an excellent quarterback," Connor said. "He's done exactly everything we've asked of him so far. He's a great kid."
Malchow has 46 total tackles and nine tackles for loss as a linebacker in the team's 5-2 scheme. He's also thrown for 207 yards and four touchdown passes under center and added 200 rushing yards and another touchdown.
WHAT A GAME: Warren County could learn to be a little more boastful when it comes to its Friday night excellence.
The Screaming Devils won 47-21 against Oglethorpe County. Warren County carried the ball 42 times for 419 yards against the Patriots.
A lot of the credit for that total goes to halfback Veuncle Ivey.
Ivey ran for 175 yards on nine carries and scored four touchdowns in the runaway.
LITTLE SCARY: Silver Bluff junior Eddie Williams gave everyone a scare last Friday against Strom Thurmond. Williams appeared to pass out near the team bus after the game.
Edgefield County emergency medical services left the stadium after the end of the game but were dispatched back to the scene.
"Eddie is OK," Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. "He just got overheated and the paramedics treated him and he was good to go. He'd just been having problems with a low pulse but everything checked out. He's fine."
INJURY UPDATE: Glenn Hills coach Felix Curry said freshman standout Collin Bing should be back this week against Harlem.
Bing is almost recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in practice in August. He had been out of action since the Hart County game. The running back returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball in a varsity game in the opener against Josey.
HEPHZIBAH FIRST: Hephzibah's boys cross country team is ranked ninth in Class AAA in the latest GATFXC.com state cross-country rankings.
Coach Bob Klofenstine said it's the first time the Rebels have appeared in the state polls.
Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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