For the past 36 years, Vernon Wilson has spent thousands of hours helping with the Red Devils before, during, and after games. From preparing the sideline equipment, repairing helmets, handling/cleaning footballs, supervising the student managers, and (most importantly) cheering on his (our) beloved Red Devils. From "walking on" during his high school years when the team needed a placekicker, to his Buddy Bufford Field wedding to Kim as a few years ago, Vernon's heart has always been with Lincoln County's football team.
Vernon asked that the following letter be presented to Lincoln County fans:
Dear Red Devil Nation,
From 1980 to 2015, I was a part of something a lot of people in Class A Football would kill for. A tradition no other school has. There's no better place to be on Friday night than at the "Bud." But the time has come for me to step aside from helping with the team.
To the fans, thank y'all for all the support over the years. Lincoln County has the best fans in the state of Georgia. To sit in the heat, cold, or rain.....that is true, dedicated fans! Home or away, it doesn't matter, you are there. At playoff games, you pack the stands, wherever we play.
To the players and coaches, thank you for allowing me to be a part of you. To put on the red and white, and play so hard, and never, ever quit. Even when you are hurt or sick, a Red Devil will not give up. Ive seen a lot of great players on this field, thank you for letting me be a part of your hard work.
Coach Campbell, it's so tough to put into words what you've taught me over the years. Thank you for the honor of alllowing me to be a part of such a spectacular program. You mean more to me than you'll ever know. No one can take from me what I've gained from you.
Coach Banks, thank you for the honor of working with you also. You are well on your way to many great seasons.
In closing, I want to say I've seen many great football games. Lots of wins, not so many losses.
But the one game that comes to mind is the 2005 State Championship Game, Lincoln County vs. Washington-Wilkes. WHAT A WIN!!!!!!
As we Lincoln County fans say, once a Red Devil always a Red Devil!
With Sincere Thanks,
Vernon H. Wilson
We join with all Red Devil fans as they say thank you to Vernon for nearly four decades of dedicated service.