"People here have been very patient", says Darlington, "There is no negativity at all, at least none directed at me. I want the kids to win. This is a very senior oriented team, but the seniors are inexperienced. When they get it together, we will have a chance to win a regional title."
Valdosta is in the middle of a 5 game home stretch, but the Cats have only won one of those games so far. Last weekends loss to Ware County hurts, but it can't overshadow the challenge ahead this weekend.
"Charlton County is very good", says Darlington, "They are athletic, they play hard, they run the Valdosta State offense. They have an all-stater as a quarterback and a division 1 receiver so they are real good."
The road ahead is tough as the Cats will play Tift County, Lowndes and at Lee County after this weekend.
But despite what could be a season filled with turmoil, there's anything but in Winnersville.
"When you are 1-3 in Valdosta, you would think the kids are causing problems, but we are having none of that. No one has been late for practice. We will get it done and turned around."