"They're real well coached and real talented. We won't see teams like this all season", says Darlington, "they usually have around 7-10 Division 1 recruits and this year is no different."
Coach Darlington never played Lincoln during his time at Apopka, and he's pretty happy about that. Lincoln is a team that can ruin your season real quick.
The fans of Valdosta don't mind the game, but the fans in Tallahassee seem to like it more.
"I think Coach Wilson enjoys this game a lot", says Darlington, "It'll make us a better team, as long as no one gets hurt.
But there are no plans to cancel this series, we plan on playing them well into the future." So far, Valdosta has been led by their two ring leaders.
Running Back Corey James and Wide Receiver-Defensive End Sedrick Hill have led a Valdosta team that looks like it could be a title contender in 2003.
The Lincoln game won't make a difference in the playoff situation, but it would go a long way for bragging rights for the next year.
"We have a great team thing going here in Valdosta", says Darlington, "so far it has been wonderful. The fans are great, the city is great. Lincoln is going to be tough. They are big and we'll need to be prepared."