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October 11, 2012

Friday night previews

VALDOSTA — Friday night is headlined by two marquee battles. The Lowndes Vikings will visit their crosstown rival Valdosta Friday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, while the Brooks County Trojans host the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes in Quitman.

Other action Friday night includes: Valwood at Terrell Academy, Pelham at Cook, Berrien at Thomasville, Charlton County at Lanier County and Irwin County at Clinch County.

Lowndes Vikings (6-0) at Valdosta Wildcats (3-2)

The Winnersville rivalry needs no introduction. Friday’s meeting will be the 51st all-time meeting between the two schools. Last year, the Wildcats ended a seven-year winless drought to their rival Vikings with a stunning 21-17 win over the Vikings, scoring 14 points in the final 48 seconds to secure the win. Lowndes is undefeated on the season, which includes two wins inside the region.

A victory Friday for the Vikings and Lowndes will nearly be guaranteed a playoff berth, while a loss for the Wildcats puts them in a massive 0-2 hole heading to Tift County next week.

A Wildcat victory, on the other hand, will tighten an already tough region and make the final month of the season a must-win for every team. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Friday night from Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta.

Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes (5-1)  at Brooks County Trojans (6-0)

Fitzgerald embarrassed Brooks County last year, clobbering the Trojans, 39-0, in a game that decided the Region 1-AA champion. The Trojans haven’t forgotten the loss. In fact, when the Trojans became unfocused during the summer, head coach Maurice Freeman put on the tape of the blowout loss to focus his team.

This year, the Trojans are a clear front-runner to win the region championship and state championship. But, Friday is one of the toughest tests of the season for the Trojans. Fitzgerald is 5-1 this season and its only loss came to a larger classification school, Monroe, who Brooks County barely beat.

Last week, the Trojans beat Thomasville, while Fitzgerald edged out region rival Cook. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Quitman’s Veterans Stadium.

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