Starting with 2 games in 1925, Warren County has been the most frequent opponent for our Red Devils, playing 73 times.
That's 3 more times than the fabled The 378 War with Washington-Wilkes. Our Devils lead the series 50-22-1, having won the last 32.
While Screaming Devil fans are hoping to end that long losing streak this week, our fans remember that Warren County was a major thorn in the Devils' collective side during the 50s and the 60s, and has been a fierce challenger on many occasions since.
Prior to Larry Campbell's arrival in 1972, Warren County had whipped our Devils 7 straight years, from 1965 to 1971, by a total score of 187-12. Lincolnton finished second to Warren County in the region race three times during those years ('64, '65, and '68), but couldn't get the win they most needed. This was one of the great periods in Warren County football, with the Blue Devils winning Class C in 1965, 1966, and 1968, and losing in the finals in 1964. Had it not been for Warrenton, our Red Devils may very well have 2 or 3 more state trophies.
Warren County knew how it felt to be left sitting at home. In 1962, the Ray Lamb-coached Devils went into Lincolnton undefeated and looking for the 2-C title. Our Devils sent them packing back to Warrenton with a 27-0 defeat. [Click here for the Football Program for the 1962 game with Warrenton] The story was similar in 1961, when a 16-13 Red Devil win in Warrenton was the only thing between Warren County and a region crown.
Our fans still argue over the 1963 meeting in Warrenton. Our Red Devils had not allowed a single point through the first nine games. The officials said Warren County scored in the third, but our Devil faithful still think the ballcarrier never quite reach the goalline and the officials blew the whistle a bit early. It really didn't matter in the game, as the Devils won 21-6 enroute to their third state title in four years.
Lincoln County fans have a long memory when it comes to football. What team holds the record for biggest win over our Red Devils? Warren County. Actually they own two of the three biggest losses in our 85-year history. The worst came in the season opener in 1953, when Warrenton embarrassed our Devils 54-0. The second was a 47-0 whipping in 1966 when Warren County was rolling toward its second consecutive state title.
Warren County's last win in the series came in 1971, 35-6 at Legion Field in Warrenton. The next year the Screaming Devils came to Lincolnton to face a group of Red Devils that had lost their first two games under a new young still-wet-behind-the-ears head coach named Campbell. Lincoln County would somehow win that night, 27-10 on September 15, 1972. That young coach turned out to be a pretty decent football guy.
And on the other sideline as an assistant coach that night in 1972 was Lincolnton native Tommy Guillebeau. He would later become the GHSA Executive Director.
In the late 1980s Warren County was a serious contender for the state title. In 1988, the Screaming Devils had the best defense in Class A, and had not allowed a rushing TD. Then they met our Devils twice in November. LCHS won 10-0 in Warrenton, and 28-7 in Lincolnton in the region championship game. Garrison Hearst scored 3 of the Devils' 4 rushing TDs. Of the 50 points Warren County allowed in 1988, Lincoln County scored 38.
The next year was a similar story, as Warren went into the final regular season game in Lincolnton undefeated and ranked #3 in Class A. Our Devils won 28-3.
Warren County is certainly due for a win over our Devils. The last 3 contests have each been much closer than the final scores indicated.
Check out game recaps from the 1933, 1936, 1937, and 1938 games in our Game Stories section to the right.