The fans may relish in all the pomp and circumstance, but Head Coach Rick Darlington isn't buying in to the rah-rah of the Dome just yet.
"As a coach, I have tunnel vision", says Darlington, "People make a big deal about it, but it's not the end all. There is still one more step after this. We want to win a state title. We don't want to get into the mentality of we've arrived...we're on a mission, and the mission isn't done yet."
A 9 game win streak has the city of Valdosta in a frenzy, and the thought of the Cats first state title since 1998 makes it that much more exciting.
"Westside is real good", says Darlington, "they have a great coach. You don't win 300 games for nothing. They have a great back, he's gone for over 6,000 yards in his career, 2,000 this year. They are very efficient on offense, very efficient on defense..it'll be a big test for us this weekend."