The stage is set for a clash of titans as the Lowndes Vikings take on the Valdosta Wildcats in the highly anticipated “Winnersville Classic”. This historic rivalry, which dates back to 1967, will once again captivate fans as the two football powerhouses go head-to-head at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on October 6, 2023. This epic battle marks a significant milestone as it is part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, celebrating the essence of high school football rivalries across the nation.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The Lowndes vs Valdosta matchup is one of those timeless rivalries that embodies the heart and soul of high school football. This game represents the pinnacle of passion and competitiveness, and it is an honor to showcase it as part of our 20th season.”

The Valdosta Wildcats have held the upper hand in the all-time series, with 38 victories compared to Lowndes’ 23. However, records mean little when these two fierce rivals clash on the gridiron. Every meeting between Lowndes and Valdosta is a battle for bragging rights, drawing a crowd of 12,000 fans who pack the stadium, creating an electric atmosphere that adds to the intensity of the game.

In their last encounter, Valdosta emerged triumphant with a hard-fought 13-6 victory over Lowndes. The close margin of victory only serves to intensify the desire for revenge within the Vikings’ locker room. Both teams understand the magnitude of the Winnersville Classic, a game that has captured national attention and serves as a testament to the rich football tradition in the region.

As the Lowndes Vikings and the Valdosta Wildcats prepare to renew their age-old rivalry, the excitement and anticipation are palpable. The Winnersville Classic is more than just a football game; it is a cultural phenomenon that unites the community and brings out the very best in both teams. This clash of football titans promises to be a spectacle for the ages.

Friday night lights will shine brightly as the Lowndes Vikings and the Valdosta Wildcats battle it out on the hallowed grounds of Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. The passion, pageantry, and pure adrenaline that flow through this historic rivalry are unmatched.

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Todd Robinson


Jontavious McGriff


Jontavious has taken AP Classes. He is currently enrolled in dual enrollment courses at Valdosta State University. He has maintained his GPA throughout high school. He has plans to attend either Georgia Tech or Duke University after graduation.
Max Weyand


We are thrilled to highlight the exceptional achievements of Max Weyand. With a remarkable weighted GPA of 100.79, Max is a true academic standout. Beyond the classroom, he also serves as a lifeguard, ensuring the safety of our community. Max's dedication extends to his involvement in the National Spanish Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), demonstrating his commitment to both language and leadership. As he looks ahead, Max aspires to attend the University of Georgia to pursue a degree in political science, where we are confident, he will continue to excel and make a positive impact on our world. Congratulations, Max, on your accomplishments and your bright future ahead!


Georgia’s Winnersville Classic is long awaited all summer long and when the peaches finally go out of season, it is time to hit the gridiron. The Valdosta Wildcats take on the Lowndes Vikings on the same turf they have been running for over 40 years. Out of the gate, Valdosta puts up a touchdown, running the ball until the Wildcats came from behind with a sneaking touchdown and field goal with a huge play, putting them on the board. The second half was a banter of back and forth, but Valdosta had defense that did not quit. Quarterback and MVP of the game Todd Robinson led his Wildcat’s to another victory in Titletown, with a final score of 37-27.