Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Valdosta High School Wildcats have started the season an undefeated 4-0. The Wildcats have been preparing for their first road trip of the season this week, where they will travel to face the Camden County Wildcats (3-1) in Kingsland on Friday night.
The Camden County Wildcats will be the first team Valdosta will face in Region 1-6A play this season. Camden boasts an offense that scored 91 points in their last game against Beach High and has the potential to put up those types of numbers often with their take on the Wing T offense.
“The Wing T brings a challenge of its own. It’s significantly different from what we had to prepare for the last three weeks with the spread,” said Valdosta Head Coach Rance Gillespie.
On offense, the Wildcats put up 147 rushing yards last week against Newton and will rely heavily on the run once again for the match up against Camden. Nelson Herring will look to bounce back after only gaining 26 yards last week, and Malcolm Joseph should look to keep rolling as he racked up 121 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
“We’re installing all of our game plans for this week. There are always new wrinkles each week we adjust to when dealing with each team.”
Quarterback Mac Loudermilk will get the start at quarterback; however, the team continued to practice with sophomore Seth Shuman this week, which suggests the team may use him again in key passing situations.
Receiver Alex Cason, a commit to Marshall, has been practicing all season in preparation for a huge game and has been held to no more than three catches per game thus far this season. Wildcat fans can only hope that Cason breaks out against Camden, a team Valdosta fell to last season 43-6.
When asked about how the practice will differ this week while preparing for an away game, Gillespie said, “The difference will not necessarily be in the way we prepare. Friday will be most important, as we hope to travel well.”
On the defense, the Wildcats are coming off a stellar performance, holding Newton to 14 points and under 300 yards of total offense. Defensive backs Tre Barrett and Tim McClain are playing at a high level and have been ball hawks for the team thus far.
The defensive line has been led by Darrius Sapp and will have the task of putting pressure on Camden’s quarterback.
At linebacker, Terrell Roundtree has been the player to watch over the Wildcats' last four games, piling up tackles for even forcing a fumble in last week’s game.
The game against the Camden County Wildcats may be Valdosta’s hardest matchup yet; however, the team is confident in its abilities and play.
“They have an excellent football team and a very important game for us as well. They are a region team and we are preparing for this next phase in our schedule,” said Gillespie.
The Valdosta High Wildcats will kick off against the Wildcats of Camden County, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Chris Gillman Stadium in Kingsland.