Twiggs Preview: #1 vs #4

November 06, 2003

Campbell worried about speed, while Twiggs promises track meet

UPDATE from The AJC: In this battle of unbeatens, Coach Larry Campbell is worried about Twiggs County's speed, and Cobras Coach Dexter Copeland promises to turn the game into a track meet.

UPDATE from The Chronicle: Coach Campbell talks about injuries and the "big, big, big, big football game" this Friday.

So far in 2003, Lincoln County has had its best season in years, with nine wins in as many games. Three of those have been "revenge" wins, beating teams that claimed a victory over our Red Devils in 2002. Our Boys have set that impressive mark while overcoming more than their fair share of injuries to key players.

But the Devils' biggest test of the season will be this Friday night. And this game also means the most. A win means the 7-A title, and more importantly home field advantage in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. A loss means probably having to play powerhouse Landmark Christian on the road again, while a win may put the Devils at home to Bowdon, which Landmark whipped 41-0 last week.

Add to that pressure the fact that Lincoln County has never played football in the Twiggs County Cobra Pit before. The trip will be one of the longest ever taken by the Devils for a region game. As of last week, it was still uncertain as to which running backs will be able to play, with Gavin Williams definitely loss for the season.

And oh, by the way, Twiggs County just happens to be undefeated and ranked as high as #4 in the state. Mario Riggins and Jo Jo Cox return in the backfield, and may be one of the best one-two rushing duos in the state. The Cobra defense remains strong, returning their 4 top tacklers with Division I-A prospects Rico Taylor at cornerback and Dwayne Troup at strong safety.

Some of the Twiggs fans believe they do not get enough respect in the state, so their Cobras will definitely be going all out to repeat as 7-A champs and end the Devils' efforts toward a perfect season. A Devil win would make 2003 the 14th undefeated regular season in Coach Campbell's 32 seasons.