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August 23, 2013Lincoln at South Gwinnett
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Breakdown: - There's a ton of questions left to be answered on both sides of the ball for both of these squads in what could be a delectable appetizer at 3:30 to the main course (Booker T. Washington/Norcross) later that evening.
Both teams are replacing starters and playmakers all over the place, but if the visitors from Tallahassee want to erase the sour taste from their last outing in the 7A State Finals to St. Thomas Aquinas, they're going to have to lean on their physically bruising front-seven and get the ball into the hands of Kendall Randolph whether it be from under center or stepping in front of a Malik Brown pass.
South Gwinnett not only lost its leading rusher (Josh Boyd) to rival Norcross in a transfer, the Comets also lost as a team to their county rivals twice by an average margin of 18 points along with Lawrenceville (Ga.) Grayson 41-0. Brown had only thrown 3 passes leading up to the spring, but the Comets do seem to have their OL/DL in-tact which should provide comfort for the time being.
Lincoln loses a trio of defensive players that combined for 226 tackles last season in Jamerson Blount, Carson Combs, and James Hearns, but the Trojans have the future Louisville Cardinals star in Jeff Williams to anchor them with his 64 tackles, 8 sacks, 7 pass deflections and 2 INT's. Randolph isn't oblivious to the QB position however; the Sr. completed 18 passes for 312 yards and 3 TD's last season so a healthy dose of 'D' along with some opportunistic 'O' could give the Lincoln the 'W', even if the questions still exist following the game.