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PREVIEW: Lowndes vs. Valdosta (GA)

October 11, 2013

VALDOSTA, GA – The annual “Winnersville Classic” is upon us as the Lowndes Vikings face the Valdosta Wildcats on Friday at 8 p.m. (EST) at Martin Stadium. More than 11,000 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The Vikings won last season’s matchup 17-14 win on a last-second field goal and have won eight of the last nine. The series dates back nearly 50 years with the Wildcats holding a 34-17 advantage. The last three matchups have been decided in the final 25 seconds.

Lowndes is coached by Randy McPherson and went 9-2 last season. This season, Lowndes is 4-2 after a 38-30 win over Brunswick in which it ran for 359 yards.

Valdosta – which is the winningest program in the country with over 870 wins and 24 state titles – went 7-4 last season and is currently 4-1 after its first loss, 14-0 to Camden County.

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.