Although Thursday night's game between Camden County and Valdosta will pit two of South Georgia's nest teams against one another, Valdosta is the team that is getting all of the national attention going into the 2002 season.
Being ranked in the country is nothing new for the Valdosta Wildcats, and this season is no different. Currently, Valdosta is ranked number 25 in the country by Student Sports. On top of that, Valdosta Head Coach Mike O'Brien leads the Wildcats into the season only six wins shy of 800 wins in school history.
Student Sports said this about the Wildcats:
"The tradition-laden Wildcats usually win with defense and a solid ground game. This year should be no different. Most of the key returning veterans are on the defensive side of the ball but junior fullback Corey James could give opponents fits on offense."
However, Valdosta's opponent, Camden County is no slouch.
Camden, currently ranked 8th in the Georgia Varsity Sports Vent Top 25, is coming off of a 10-1 season. Head Coach Jeff Herron and the Wildcat's first regular season game is against Charlton County on August 30th.
While Camden is a quality opponent for Valdosta to scrimmage against, Camden County has never beaten Valdosta in regular season games. Valdosta holds a 7-0-1 advantage in the series.
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