December 13, 2006
Homerville - The towns of Homerville and Lincolnton are located on opposite ends of the state.
But these two communities have developed quite a rivalry in high school football over the last 20 years.
The rivalry adds another chapter when Clinch County plays at Lincoln County Saturday night for the Class A state championship.
The game not only matches the previous two state champs in the state's smallest classification.
It also matches two teams that have combined to win 12 state championships over the last 21 seasons.
During that span, Clinch and Lincoln County have met seven times in the playoffs with the Panthers holding a 4-3 advantage.
The Red Devils have the advantage in they will host Saturday's game.
Which is Clinch's first trip to Lincolnton since 1991 when the Panthers won 11-8 to win their second state title.
Clinch County head coach Jim Dickerson said "Every time has been a great experience. Certainly, the wins have been greater. It is always just a, just a phenomenal place to play a high school football game."
Clinch County has beaten Lincoln County in the playoffs in each of the four Panther state championship games.
Saturday's game starts at 6:00P.M..