Long-time Red Devil assistant Kevin Banks has been named the new Lincoln County head football coach.
Banks, the Devils' defensive coordinator the past several seasons, was the overwhelming choice of players to take over the program after Larry Campbell's retirement this past spring.
Football practice has already begun, as the Devils prepare for an August 15 scrimmage against Lakeside at Buddy Bufford Field. The season official begins August 22 in McCormick.
Banks follows not one but three legends as the head man on the Devil sideline. Buddy Bufford, Thomas Bunch, and Larry Campbell each had perfect seasons, region championships, and state championships during their tenures over the past 57 seasons. Coach Banks, his staff, and his players will need what those three men received, if they are to continue their outstanding football tradition: great community support.
you plan your daughter's wedding and rehearsal dinner to avoid conflicts with Red Devil games.
you ARE a Red Devil if you grew up on Sunrise Drive with the likes of Thomas Bunch, Larry Campbell, Jimmy Smith, Mack Matthews, Neil Amason, Kermit Adams, Donnie Hill, "Ham" Willingham, Omar Beggs, "Sting Dawkins", etc. There were alot of good players and true contributors to the program that grew up on Sunrise Dr. with all those good men and women keeping an eye out.
you only buy red cars or trucks.
every Friday night is a family reunion (and lot's more exciting!).
you have to separate family members at your grandparents' Christmas dinner because some attendees live in a Lincoln County rival's town!
you have a Red Devil blanket, umbrella, and other useful items but refuse to use them because you don't want them to get dirty!
you leave Lincolnton at 9 AM for a Red Devil game with a 7:30 kickoff.
it ruins your whole weekend when you hear Lincoln County lost Friday night!