Originally created 12/16/06

Georgia Class A Championship









THE SEASONS SO FAR




CLINCH COUNTY (12-2)

Opponent............................Result

vs. Charlton Co. (AA)..........L 14-8

at Coffee Co. (AAAAA)........L 35-0

vs. Pelham (A)....................W 47-0

at Lanier Co. (A)................W 35-0

at Bacon Co. (A)................W 67-0

vs. Calhoun Co. (A)...........W 55-0

at Seminole Co. (A)...........W 42-19

vs. Atkinson Co. (A)...........W 24-6

at Miller Co. (A)..................W 40-0

vs.Terrell Co. (A)................W 47-0

Class A Playoffs

vs. Taylor Co......................W 40-0

vs. Wilcox Co......................W 19-7

vs. Warren Co....................W 42-15

vs. Athens Acad.*...............W 16-13


LINCOLN COUNTY (13-1)

Opponent...........................Result

at McCormick, S.C. (A).......W 33-0

vs. Harlem (AAA)..................W 35-14

vs. Wash.-Wilkes (AA)..........L 3-0

at Aquinas (A)......................W 55-0

at Monticello (A)...................W 42-0

vs. Hancock Central (A).......W 35-0

vs. Wilkinson Co. (A)...........W 28-6

at Warren County (A)..........W 28-7

at Twiggs County (A)...........W 41-0

at Georgia Military (A)..........W 32-0

Class A Playoffs

vs. Trion..............................W 53-8

vs. Eagles Land. Christ.......W 34-0

vs. Hawkinsville....................W 31-7

vs. Commerce*.....................W 21-3

* State semifinals at The Georgia Dome


PREVIOUS MATCHUPS

DATE RESULT PLAYOFF ROUND WINNER ENDED UP
11/26/2004 CC 26, LC 6 Semifinals Co-state champion
12/06/2002 CC 28, LC 14 Quarterfinals State champion
11/28/1997 LC 12, CC 6 Second round State semifinalist
12/14/1991 CC 11, LC 8 Finals State champion
12/3/1988 CC 21, LC 7 Quarterfinals State champion
12/12/1987 LC 14, CC 7 Semifinals State champion
12/7/1984 LC 7, CC 2 Semifinals State runner-up

Source: www.ghsfha.org (Georgia High School Football Historians Association)


LAST WEEK: Clinch County beat Athens Academy 16-13; Lincoln County beat Commerce 21-3

KEY PLAYERS: Clinch County - Senior RB Justin Gainey (5-10, 210); Senior DT Eugene Kinlaw (6-3, 280); Senior OL Christopher Davis (6-3, 255); Senior DE/WR Lafiyama Lacey (6-4, 225); Senior S Justin Beard (6-1, 180); Lincoln County - Senior QB Brandon Barden (6-5, 225); Senior RB Darell Norman (5-10, 185); Senior LB Kiece Crite (6-1, 205); Senior DB/RB Rontae Norman (5-10, 180); Senior LB Jeffrey Porter (5-9, 200)

KEY MATCHUP: Clinch's offense versus Lincoln's defense: Lincoln's group is a perfect 10 as far as prep defenses go. Great line. Better linebackers. Excellent secondary. They will need to be strong. Clinch has three backs with more than 800 yards on the year that also average over eight yards per carry. But they face a freshman quarterback due to the suspension of Panthers senior QB Shane Burns. If he makes the expected freshman mistakes, the Red Devils will pounce on them. Lincoln's offense can have a bad night and still win because of a defense that has given up an average of just three points per game.

OUTLOOK: Cold feet, cold hands and cold offenses. Look for trick plays. Look for Clinch freshman quarterback Vintavious Cooper to hold his own. His presence might be a rallying point for a team with 18 senior starters. These defenses are so tough the offenses will have to show something new to make a big play. The defenses and special teams might score most of the points. Expect a Red Devil named Norman to be the difference in the win. Again.

PREDICTION: Lincoln County 10, Clinch County 6


CLINCH COUNTY STATISTICS

RUSHING

Player Att Yards Avg. TDs
Justin Gainey (Sr.) 196 1,730 8.8 25
Dexter Reeves (Sr.) 118 1,009 8.5 16
Ronnie Hill (Jr.) 82 810 9.9 8

PASSING

Player Com. Att. Yards TD
*Shane Burns (Sr.) 59 132 104 4
Vintavious Cooper (Fr.) 1 5 9 0

RECEIVING

Player Catches Yards Avg. TD
Justin Beard (Sr.) 15 421 28.1 4
Dominique Ellis (So.) 7 129 18.4 2

*Will not play



LINCOLN COUNTY STATISTICS

RUSHING

Player Att Yards Avg. TDs
Darell Norman (Sr.) 98 1084 11.0 12
Franklin "D.J." Jones (Sr.) 102 709 7.0 8
Brandon Barden (Sr.) 91 558 6.1 12

PASSING

Player Com. Att. Yards Int. TD
Brandon Barden (Sr.) 30 79 498 4 6
Austin Goldman (Jr.) 35 64 427 4 3

RECEIVING

Player Catches Yards Avg. TD
Brandon Barden (Sr.) 10 181 18.1 2
Jatheus Jones (Sr.) 7 180 25.7 2
Rontae Norman (Sr.) 9 161 17.9 3
Alex Bradford (Sr.) 11 155 14.1 0

Source: www.lincolncountyreddevils.com