1972 Game #1: Red Devils Lose Opening Game to Strong Wilkes

September 07, 1972

(Tradition's note: This was Larry Campbell's first game as the Red Devils head coach. This article is from the Sept. 7, 1972 edition of The Lincoln Journal.)

The Lincoln County Red Devils were defeated Friday night by the Washington-Wilkes Tigers 27-8. This was the second victory in as many starts this season for Washington and the opening game of the season for the Red Devils under new head coach Larry Campbell. Washington, predictors state, seems headed for another state championship. Their wins include a 21-0 walloping of powerful Thomson.

In the first quarter, Mike Peebles put W-W ahead on a eight-yard run and extra point. Then the Red Devils put a drive together with Billy Leverett scoring from the 13-yard line on a determined effort. In the second quarter Peebles again scored, this time from 17 yards out and with the point after put Washington ahead 14-6 at the half.

In the second half Lincoln County scored a safety when Henry Darby was tackled in the end zone, but the Tigers scored 13 more points on two more touchdowns by Peebles. This left the final score W-W 27, Lincoln County 8.

Defensive standouts in the game for LCHS were James Hunter, W. T. Williams, and Bobby Tutt.

The coaching staff stated that they were pleased with the new offense, especially the play of quarterback Tim Bunch and the running of Billy Leverett. "We just didn't get the ball much on offense," Coach Campbell said. "We played most of the night on defense due to the running of Peebles,' the coach concluded.

Campbell, however, said he felt that the Red Devils played a "pretty good" ball game considering he played so many inexperienced players. Only three Red Devils have had varsity experience and Campbell feels that after his team has gained a little more "know-how" they will come around.

"We put up a real good fight to be playing a team that outweighed us so much," the new head coach said, but admitted "we still have a lot of improvements to make if we expect to win Friday night."

This week LCHS travels to Greensboro to play Greene County and the coaches urge all who can to make the trip and support the Devils.