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October 5, 2012

Column: Friday night fever

VALDOSTA — Can we get back to playing football? The answer for tonight: Yes. But I am not saying that the Lowndes-Colquitt County spy gate or binocular watching, cheating scandal is over with just yet. But at least for tonight we will get to watch high school football and I will get the opportunity to write about what happens between the big white lines. As for next Monday? I am not sure what will come from this whole Lowndes situation.

As for whether or not I believe Lowndes cheated or not, I will keep my opinion to myself while the Georgia High School Association’s process works itself out. Plus, my job here at the newspaper is to report the facts and provide insight from coaches and administration.

My view on this will come when the investigation towards the Vikings is closed.

As for tonight’s action, there are several interesting games, although Valdosta and Clinch County are off.

In the weekly standings, Christian Malone and I were both an impressive 7-0 last week. So to the Wildcat fans that blasted me via my voicemail here at the office for choosing Lowndes to win and not Valdosta, where was my call saying sorry? I didn’t expect one anyway.

Christian is still up one game on me. He sits with a 31-8 record and I am 30-9.

Brunswick at Lowndes

The Vikings are beyond ready to return to the playing surface tonight and to get the opportunity to just play football. Can you imagine if the Vikings were to lose tonight? I can already hear people saying things like, “Buzz Payne wasn’t stealing signs,” and immature stuff like that. At the end of the day, the Vikings are a good football team, and they beat Colquitt County because the players played hard and for a full 48-minutes.

Tonight, I expect Lowndes to come out and welcome the Pirates back to Martin Stadium for the first time since the 1999 state championship game, when Lowndes won 17-0.

Coach Randy McPherson won’t let Lowndes lose tonight, especially after the week they had this week and the fact that Winnersville is right around the corner. Man, Winnersville is next week! That just hit me while writing this column. I can’t wait.

Ed: Lowndes wins 31-17

Christian: Lowndes wins 35-10

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