Valdosta shuts out Riverdale to advance to round 2
The game was the 1,000th in the history of Valdosta football and for the Wildcats it was their 370th career shutout. Valdosta Head Coach Mike O'Brien would love to see his boys put up more points but a win is a win. "As long as we're on the side of 7-0 it doesn't matter to me, said O'Brien, " We've always been known for our defense and we're going to play to win whether it's low scoring or high scoring." The game's only touchdown came on a 2 yard scamper from Eric Williams in the 2nd quarter. From there, the cold weather and superb defense on both sides took over. Valdosta won the game, but they were out gained on the offensive side of the ball, only compiling 141 yards of total offense. In the end, it was a red zone stand that did in Riverdale. The Raiders had the ball on 4th down from the Valdosta 4-yard line and came up inches short. "The thing I was pleased with was our defense. Our offense put our defense in a bind, and (defense) made a tremendous stand on the 4-yard line.", said O'Brien. The celebration turned ugly afterwards as players from both sides started a meelee during the handshake line. The fight was broken up before any major damage could be done but there's no question it got the ire of the Wildcats. " There was frustration on the Riverdale side. Their seniors thought they would win. This stuff needs to be controlled," said O'Brien, "We've addressed the problem on our side with our kids." Next up for the winningest team in high school football is one of the winningest teams of the season. Valdosta will take their show on the road Friday night against undefeated Camden County. "We feel to win the state championship, we'll have to win 5 championships," said O'Brien, "We got the 1st one out of the way. Our players know the drill, if we lose, we don't play anymore."
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