Lowndes County’s two public high schools have combined for 1,211 wins, 28 state championships and six national championships. The two schools have met on the gridiron 51 times. Valdosta has won 33 of those games, but Lowndes has prevailed in 11 of the last 14 matchups. They are two schools that place a major emphasis on their football programs. The rivalry, the intensity, the environment, the hype and the caliber of football played is excellent. It’s the best high school rivalry I’ve ever seen, in any sport.
Jacob is a member of the National Beta Club, National English Honors Society, and a Model UN Delegate. He received the AP Scholar Distinction Award, a Georgia Certificate of Merit, National Merit scholarship letter of commendation. And is a volunteer at the boys and girls club. He plans to pursue a career in engineer at Georgia Tech University.
Todd is a senior on the varsity football team. He is holding a 95.4 average. After high school he plans to attend college and major in engineering.
Eric Thomas played quarterback in the 1978,79 and 80 rivalry game. He led the Vikings to a 15-14 victory in the 1979 regular season game by scoring the winning 2 point conversion. In 1980 he led the Vikings to a 6-0 region championship victory over Valdosta as Lowndes went on to win there first state championship. For his three year career against Valdosta, Eric threw for 476 yards and three touchdowns. Eric ranks 4th on the all time Vikings list with 3817 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Keith is a 1981 graduate of Valdosta High. Keith was a two year starter at wide receiver for the wildcats. During the 1980 rivalry classic, Keith made a spectacular catch that would lead Valdosta to a victory over Lowndes, That win also lead to the wildcats to a number 1 ranking in the region that year.