The Valdosta Daily Times
Last Friday night, the Lowndes Vikings had a historic effort against the Knights of Windsor Forest, resulting in an 87-0 victory — the most points scored in a game in Lowndes history.
After an embarrassing upset at the hands of the Newton Rams two weeks ago, the Vikings came out last Friday looking to put the loss behind them quickly.
By the time the teams headed into the locker rooms for halftime, Lowndes had built a 52-0 lead behind a surprisingly balanced offense (the Vikings threw the ball 12 times in the first half) and a punishing defense.
When both teams came back onto the field, the Vikings had pulled their entire varsity offense and defense out of the game, but that didn’t stop the scoring.
Lowndes’ B-Team scored an additional 35 points in a game that had already been decided, which prompted some to question if the Vikings were “running it up.”
Vikings head coach Randy McPherson says that his team had no intentions of laying it on the Knights.
“The varsity didn’t play the second half,” said McPherson. “It was straight B-Team. We put our B-Team in and they wanted to play hard. I had no idea they were going to score points like that.”
Despite the starters sitting out the entirety of the second half, some still think there was more that could have been done to prevent the score ending up where it did.
Kneel downs and punts to drain the clock without advancing the ball is an example of some of the actions suggested, but those actions also run the risk of showing up a team.
“It was the B-Team, what do you do?” said McPherson. “They went out there and they wanted to show everybody what they could do. So no, we didn’t try to run up the score.”
Winning by a large margin in early-season contests can actually be quite beneficial for a team later in a season.
With the inevitable injuries and nicks that teams experience throughout the course of a football season, getting young kids some game experience under the lights can be invaluable for building a player’s confidence.
“It’s huge,” said McPherson. “You put the young kids out there and you tell them to play hard. That's what you do when you get the opportunity. Those opportunities don’t come around often.”
Several young players made a good impression in their second-half reps on Friday and could fill a valuable role later on down the line this season or in the future.
“There’s a lot of them out there. I hate to call just a few,” said McPherson. “Those kids up front, (Jacob) Parker did a good job at quarterback, (James) Camon ran the ball well, (Dezmon) Copeland ran the ball well, Jalen Marable played well on defense, along with a whole bunch of other kids. I was very proud of our young kids.”
With one more non-region game against Hardaway this Friday standing between Lowndes and a showdown against Colquitt County on Sept. 27, the Vikings can use all of the experience they can get.