Valdosta, GA: Oct. 23, 2015 – The Great American Rivalry Series is proud to announce that it will feature the famed “Winnersville Classic” rivalry game between the Lowndes Vikings and the Valdosta Wildcats on Friday, October 30 in the Series’ eleventh weekend of games for 2015. This game will be presented by the United States Marine Corps and will be played at Lowndes High’s Martin Stadium. Featuring some of the longest running rivalries in high school football, the 2015 Great American Rivalry Series will feature 100 showdowns nationwide. All of these great games come with great football, hard earned sweat and a heavy dose of hometown pride.
For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM
The Valdosta-Lowndes football series began in 1968, after the Lowndes County school system consolidated into one high school. Valdosta, which had a 55-year head start on its football program, dominated the early part of the series. It won the first nine games, allowing Lowndes just 26 points in those games. In 1981 the rivalry took on a new identity with the name “Winnersville Classic.” The Valdosta High School Wildcats have one of the most successful high school football programs in the country with 867 wins, six national championships, 24 Georgia state championships between 1920 and 1998, and 41 region titles. Cross-town rival Lowndes has also built a strong program, winning five state titles since 1980. Valdosta leads the overall series 34-16 and 19-12 since 1981 when the annual match was named the Winnersville Classic. The Wildcats 13-10 in their 2014 meeting.
The winning team will take home the Great American Rivalry Series Champions trophy, presented by the Marines. The game’s Most Valuable Player and the top student-athlete from each school are also recognized as part of the Series. Along with these awards, an alumnus from each school will be inducted into the 12th class of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.
You can find more information at GreatAmericanRivalry.com or through the Series’ Twitter (@AmericanRivalry), Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts. Previews and past results will be posted throughout the season with details of the teams and the history of the rivalries, and after the game. Fans can relive the excitement with photo galleries and game recaps.
Fans can add to the intensity of the rivalry via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #GreatAmericanRivalry. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with this hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and promoted via our other social media outlets.