by David Shepherd
The Vikings of Lowndes High School (5-1) held a seven game winning streak over their cross town rival, the Wildcats of Valdosta High School (5-1), in the annual Winnersville Classic in Valdosta, Georgia. Martin Stadium was at capacity as it was a picture perfect night for high school football in south Georgia.
With 1:14 left in the fourth quarter Lowndes held a 17-7 advantage and it appeared the Vikings were going to stretch their winning streak to 8 games. However, the Wildcats of Valdosta would have the final word on the ultimate outcome of the game. Starting at the Wildcat’s 40 yard line Shelby Wilkes, quarterback, connected with Charlie Albritton, running back, on a 54 yard screen pass that set up first and goal for Lowndes at the six (6) yard line. Two plays later Wilkes connected with Sherrod Inman, wide receiver, on a touchdown pass making the score 17-14.
Dale Kent, kicker, and the Valdosta kickoff team executed a perfect onside kick that allowed the Wildcats to recover the ball and setup first and ten at the Lowndes’ 48 yard line. In two plays the Wildcats moved the ball down to the Lowndes’ 35 yard line and spiked the ball to stop the clock. The next play had Wilkes connecting with Avery Burney, wide receiver, who made a great grab and eluded the defensive back who made a play on the ball. Burney turned toward the end zone and raced in for the go ahead touch with 17 seconds left to play.
Lowndes did not get the ball back as Dale Kent’s ensuing kickoff bounced off of a Viking who was on the front line for the kick return team. Valdosta recovered the ball and took a knee to end the game with a final score of 17-21. Valdosta had broken the streak and defeated their cross-town rivals in a game that thrilled thousands of fans. Truly high school football at its best!
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- Valdosta – 2011