Valdosta Daily Times

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July 8, 2008

A recent string of titles for Lowndes

Lowndes owns three of the last four AAAAA state championships

VALDOSTA — While its archrivals across town may be the nation’s winningest high school football team, right now, the premier prep football team in Georgia’s largest classification is Lowndes High.

Lowndes has won three of the last four Class AAAAA state championships, and heads into the 2008 season as the early favorite to win it again.

The Vikings have done their part to help make Valdosta a contender for ESPN’s prestigious moniker TitleTown USA.

The Vikings have been among the state’s elite big-classification schools since the late 1970s. But in the last 10 years, they have risen to the head of the class, winning four state championships.

Head coach Randy McPherson has taken Lowndes’ football program to a new level the past few years. In six seasons at Lowndes, his teams have gone 66-12, and the Vikings have won four region championships and three state championships.

The last two state titles have come in dominant fashion. In 2005, they hammered Brookwood, which entered the game ranked No. 16 in the USA Today’s national poll, 49-7. That victory was the most lopsided state championship game in 22 years and the third-most lopsided title game since the Georgia High School Association began holding them in 1948.

Last year, Lowndes won its latest state championship with a 34-6 victory over North Gwinnett, in heavy rains at Martin Stadium. On the second play of the game, running back Greg Reid broke a 91-yard touchdown run, and the Vikings led the rest of the way. Lowndes rolled up 401 yards of total offense that night, all on the ground.

Those dominant performances followed Lowndes’ first 15-0 season in 2004. That year, they outscored the opposition 560-100, and set a school record for points. They scored at least 42 points in each of their first five games, and earned 13 of their 15 wins by at least 21 points. Their only close contest was a 17-14 win over Parkview in the state championship game.

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