Mack Matthews was the first Lincolnton native to sign a Division I college scholarship. After starring as Lincolnton's halfback in the late 1950's, Mack made his mark as a Clemson Tiger, where he lettered four years.
Mack's 88-yard punt return TD was the longest in Clemson's 1962 season, and the second longest since 1951. That play is still the 22nd longest play in Clemson football in the last 50 years.
Mack passed away in 2001 due to diabetes.
Mack's sons Glen and Flint also made their impact on Red Devil football. Flint was an all-state linebacker at LCHS and All-American at Georgia Southern. He was also an assistant coach at LCHS for several years. Mack's third son Russell also played for the Devils.
Glen was a Red Devil QB and punter. He returned to Lincoln County as an assistant coach before head coach stints at Louisville and Jefferson Highs. Glen is presently back where he belongs, on the Red Devil coaching staff.