Valdosta Daily Times

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November 1, 2012

Friday night previews

VALDOSTA — Friday night will be highlighted by the showdown between the top-ranked Camden County Wildcats and the fourth-ranked Lowndes Vikings.

Meanwhile, Valdosta will continue to fight for its playoff life with a game at struggling Brunswick. Clinch County is also fighting for its playoff life when it hosts Lanier County. Berrien visits Cook in Region 1-AA action.

Valwood will be on the road visiting Southwest Georgia Academy with the opportunity to clinch the region championship for the second straight season.

Camden County Wildcats (8-0) at Lowndes Vikings (9-0)

The Region 1-6A championship is on the line Friday night at Martin Stadium when the fourth-ranked Vikings host the top-ranked Wildcats. Lowndes is 9-0 for the first time since 2008, while Camden County is 8-0 following a blowout win over Brunswick.

The Wildcats can win the region championship in their first year as a member in Region 1, moving over from a much-weaker Region 3. The move hasn’t bothered the Wildcats, who have won all four region games by 27 or more points. Lowndes is looking for its second region championship in three seasons. Friday’s game will be carried live on ESPNU.

Valdosta Wildcats (5-3) at Brunswick Pirates (3-5)

In a three-way tie with Coffee and Colquitt County for the final two playoff spots in Region 1, Valdosta is in another must-win situation this week as it visits Brunswick. After playing to a 64-62 overtime thriller in 2010, which Valdosta won, the Wildcats beat the Pirates 24-6 a year ago. This year, Brunswick made the jump from Class 4A to Class 6A and has felt the effects. The Pirates are just 3-5 this season and enter Friday’s game as losers of four of their last five games.

Lanier County Bulldogs (2-7) at Clinch County Panthers (3-5)

The Clinch County Panthers are clinging to their postseason life in the Class A Public playoff race, following a 21-0 loss to Charlton County last Friday night. The Panthers can help their positioning in the playoffs with a win Friday night over region foe Lanier County, who has officially been eliminated from the playoff race.

If Clinch County isn’t able to secure a playoff berth these next two weeks, it will be the first time the Panthers have failed to make the playoffs since 1994 (the Panthers qualified for the region playoff in 1995).

The Bulldogs have lost six straight games, since starting the season with a 2-1 record.

Friday’s game in Homerville will mark the end of the season for Lanier County; Clinch County will visit Turner County next week.

Clinch County leads the all-time series against Lanier County, 14-0. The Panthers beat the Bulldogs 22-0 last year.

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