Winnersville set for Game of the Year.

Once a year, the city of Valdosta turns into the mecca for all high school football. There may be games as big as the Lowndes-Valdosta game on Friday night, but there is not a game in the nation that is bigger than this one. Especially now.

Lowndes is off to one of its best starts in years, while Valdosta is finally back in the hunt, winners of two straight.

"They're the best team we've seen all year", says Valdosta Head Coach Rick Darlington.

The Cats started off the season very slow, coming out to a 1-3 record. But since then, Valdosta has wins against Charlton County and a shutout of Tift County last week. At 3-3 overall, 1-0 in the region, the Lowndes game is not only for bragging rights, but for positioning in the conference as well.

"We don't have to get up for them", says Darlington, "The kids will be excited already. In order to beat them you have to have a good game plan and execute it. You have to have a business like approach to the game. The kids won't be whoopin and hollerin this week at practice."

Speaking whoopin and hollerin, the school won't be in full Lowndes mode until Wednesday because of teacher conferences. But for three days, the pep rallys and assemblys will take over the school, the town, and everyone involved in South Georgia football.

"They're good", says Darlington, "they have no weaknesses...they have great players and great coaches."

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