As we get closer and closer to the kickoff of the West Lincoln â€“ Lincolnton game Friday night, some thoughts come to mind. We need more hyped up games like this to get our community involved in high school sports.
There used to be big games in Lincoln County. I remember back to the time if you were going to an East Lincoln â€“ Lincolnton basketball game, you better get there early because you would get turned away. I havenâ€™t seen that in several years.
I hope the stadium is filled to capacity Friday night. The schools deserve it, the coaches deserve it, and most importantly, the kids deserve it.
I think it is great when local businesses get involved as well. Fatz CafÐ¹ is hosting a tailgate party before the game for both schools in the lower parking lot at Battleground Memorial Stadium. The profits will be split between the two high schools athletic departments. Fatz will also be hosting the WLON/WCSL radio post game show on site at the restaurant following the game. Kudos to Fatz CafÐ¹ for their involvement.
This game is the talk of the town right now, and why shouldnâ€™t it be. The Rebels come in at 4-0, but still feel they have something to prove. The Wolves are 2-2, but say look at their strength of schedule.
With both teams being open last Friday, the two week period leading up to this game has given both coaching staffs plenty of time to prepare for the opposition. It has also given the fans more time to come up with reasons why their team will win, or lose.
I canâ€™t go anywhere without somebody asking me â€œWhat do you think about the Lincolnton-West game.â€ The fans are cautiously optimistic that their team will win.
The winner will have bragging rights for the next year, and will be the mythical â€œCounty Championsâ€. More importantly, the winner will be 1-0 in the Midwest 2A race and take one step toward the playoffs.
But, no matter who wins, this is what itâ€™s all about. I have talked with Coach Parker and Coach Cloninger, and they are as excited as anyone about Friday nightâ€™s game. They too, are looking for a huge crowd.
As time slowly draws closer to kickoff, all we can do is wait it out. Someone has to win, and yes, someone has to lose, but the entire community will gain for having been there.
Friday night will be one of the biggest games between two county rivals in recent memory. So put on your schools colors, get there early and tailgate, and support your team. We all deserve it.
by David Keever