Chronicle: Rural Schools Have Advantages

August 22, 2003

The Augusta Chronicle's Josh Katzowitz explores the advantages rural schools, with a single high school and football program for the entire county, have over their city cousins. And of course you can't write about great Georgia high school football, rural, urban, or anywhere else, without mentioning Lincoln County's Red Devils and our living legend, Coach Larry Campbell.

Here's an excerpt:

"It helps tremendously," said Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell, who estimates that he coached the fathers of 20 of the 52 players on the team this season. "If a parent came through here, they instill in their kids what the program is all about. In some cases, parents discourage their kids from playing football, but here, they encourage it. Our kids take a lot of pride in the program."

In fact, one of the highlights of this year's preseason camp, Campbell said, was when the current players watched old game film to see their family members play. ...

"You grow up here, and you play football," said Lincoln County offensive lineman Mark Saggus Jr., whose dad, Mark Sr., played for Campbell from 1974-78. "They don't do that over there. Here, football is all we talk about."

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