(Tradition's Note: 1972 was Larry Campbell's first season as a Head Coach. This article appeared in The Lincoln Journal on August 31, 1972.)
The Lincoln County High School Red Devils will open the 1972 football season Friday night, Sept. 1, against archrival Washington-Wilkes. Kickoff is set for 8:00 o'clock on Buddy Bufford Field in Lincolnton.
In its opening game last Friday night, Washington defeated Thomson 21-0 on the Thomson field.
Larry Campbell, new LCHS coach, said a total of 50 boys answered the opening grid call and the numbers are pleasing., although the experience is low.
Campbell said there are 10 returning letterman of whom only three were starters last year. And one of the returning starters is moving to a new position.
Center Jimmy Phillips and halfback Billy Leverett will be back to try to claim starting posts from last year. James Hunter, a starting guard last time, has been moved to fullback, where "I'm expecting a lot out of him," according to Campbell.
The new coach is putting in the popular Wishbone-T offense.
Tim Bunch, son of former coach Thomas Bunch, is counted on to be the starting quarterback and will also handle all the kicking duties.
The Devils, who had a rare losing season (2-7) last year, will play in Region 7-A this year, despite an enrollment that would qualify the school for Class B competition.
"We asked to play in A because of easier scheduling," Campbell said.
Leading tackle candidates for the Devils are Jerome Williams and Don Cartledge; guard standouts are Louis Jones and Howard Dent; and end is a tossup among Tommy Dawkins, Jim Clubb, Jimmy Turner and Cary Leverett.
Among the backs, Coach Campbell feels that Mike Adkins, Alec Bell, Willie Walton, Thomas Willis, and Doug Aycock have shown a lot of promise, while William Jones, Leverett Jenkins, and Rogers Zellars are linemen to keep an eye on.
"We have very little varsity experience," evaluates Campbell. "I'm hopeful we can get by without injuries. If so, it is entirely possible we can improve on last year's record."