Lincoln County's undefeated Red Devils will travel to Sparta this Friday night to play the Hancock Central Bulldogs in a Region 7-A Subregion B matchup.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 14-0 win over Warren County while the Red Devils were idle. Hancock is 3-4, but two of those losses were against larger schools. They beat region foe Tattnall Square in Macon 42-19, and Class AAA Josey 24-14. The pigskin will fly at 7:30 at the stadium on Georgia 15 north of downtown.
Lincoln County's defense is currently top-ranked in Class A based on points allowed per game. It's 5.7 average is nearly two points lower than the next best team, private school Calvary Day at 7.5 Marion County is second best among public schools at 7.7.
The Devils are seventh among Class A public schools in points scored per game with 34.5 (Clinch first at 42). They are fourth in average winning margin at 28.8 (Turner leads at 31.6).
If the Devils and Aquinas continue to win, their game October 30 in Augusta will decide the top two spots in 7-A subregion B. Those two schools would then travel to play the corresponding position school from subregion B in "play-in" games November 6. Currently Stratford Academy and Twiggs County sit atop subregion B. Last Friday, Twiggs stunned Wilkinson County 20-14 for its third straight win.
Lincoln County is currently third in the Class A Public Power Ratings. Those ratings, after the play-in games, will determine which schools make the playoffs and where they will be seeded. Region champions are seeded in order by power rating, followed by other teams by power rating, to complete the field of 16. Class A playoff games will start November 20.
The Devils currently have a Power Rating of 13.91, based on their record and the records of their opponents so far. Turner County (14.79) and Charlton County (14.57) are above Lincoln County. Turner's Rebels, along with LCHS, are the only two Class A Public schools remaining undefeated. Turner shocked Charlton 44-0 two weeks ago.
Beginning in 2016, the two Class A playoff fields will each be expanded to 24 teams. Teams seeded 9 through 16 will host 17 through 24 in the first round. Those winners will then travel to meet teams seeded 1 through 8 in the second round.
See you Friday night in Hancock County. Go DEVILS!