Samuel L. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times
The Valdosta High School Wildcats hit the road this week for their first road trip of the season, traveling to face the Camden County Wildcats (3-1) in Kingsland.
The Camden County Wildcats will be the first team Valdosta will face in Region 1-6A play this season. This game will be the first of six region games the Wildcats will face.
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.
Camden has been able to outscore its opponents 184-14 in three back to back wins. However the Camden Wildcats must account for an opening 34-14 loss to North Gwinnett, in which the team put up only 206 passing yards and 196 rushing yards.
“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 racked 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.
On the season, Nelson Herring has 34 carries for 422 yards and four touchdowns. Malcolm Joseph has accounted for 50 carries for 412 yards and seven touchdowns. Combined the backs have totaled 834 rushing yards for the Wildcat offense, carrying a team that seemingly lacks a pass offense.
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. Mac Loudermilk is just 12-18 on the season for 103 yards. Wildcats secondary passing option Seth
Shuman is 14-22 for 98 yards.
Camden has three Division I prospects on defense in secondary members Kalvarez Bessent and Chris Williams, both
commits for Alabama, and defensive end Anthony Johnson, a Florida International commit. The Camden secondary could potentially be ineffective if the Valdosta Wildcats continue to run the ball so heavily.
On the defense, the Wildcats held Newton to 14 points and under 300 yards of total offense in their last game.
Defensive back Tre Barrett has been ball hawk for the team thus far, and even picked off the ball a few times in practice this past week.
At linebacker, Terrell Roundtree has been the player to watch on defense over the Wildcats' last four games, piling up tackles for even forcing a fumble in last week’s game. Roundtree has to be able to stop the run to help the Wildcats get the victory this week.
The game against the Camden County Wildcats will be the first region game for the ‘Cats and maybe their hardest matchup yet; however, the team is confident in their 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. tonight Sept. 27 at Chris Gillman Stadium in Kingsland.