by Kristen Parker
With over 20,000 online viewers and 12,500 onsite attendees, the Valdosta vs Lowndes game proved to be a great rivalry matchup. It was also the 150th anniversary of Valdosta.
Lowndes has dominated this rivalry series by winning the previous six games. The entered the game with one loss for the season while Valdosta and their new coach, Rance Gillespie, came in undefeated.
Lowndes received the ball and scored within the first three minutes. Valdosta answered quickly with their own touchdown, tying the score at 7-7 with 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
The game continued to be a defensive struggle in the 2nd quarter, with Valdosta holding Lowndes to a fourth-down conversion rather than a touchdown. With 53 seconds left in the first half, Valdosta moved the ball 65 yards in two passing plays to score and head into the locker room with a 14-7.
The Vikings kept the score close as the second half began, running the ball in for a TD and tying the game once again with a score of 14-14, then going ahead with another touchdown. Lowndes kicked a field goal and with three minutes left in game, stretching their to 24-14. Valdosta shortened the Lowndes lead to 7 with only a minute to go, but Lowndes would come out ahead for the seventh straight time winning by a score of 24-17.
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- Lowndes vs. Valdosta – 2010