Valdosta Daily Times

September 13, 2013

Vikings look to rebound against Knights

Derrick Davis
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Knights of Windsor Forest travel tonight to Martin Stadium to face a Lowndes High School Vikings team looking to rebound after a loss a week ago.

The Vikings will be trying to recover from one of the most disappointing losses in head coach Randy McPherson’s tenure at the school.

Lowndes did not look good in any of the three phases of the game in a loss to the Newton Rams, who came in as heavy underdogs after a 31-0 loss a season ago.

Despite gaining more than 200 yards on the ground, the Vikings never looked comfortable offensively.

The big issue with the offense was its sloppy play.

Besides fumbling the ball on five different occasions, the Vikings were flagged 13 times for 122 yards.

It seemed like every time there was a big gain for Lowndes, a hold would negate the play.

“We had five turnovers and about nine holding calls. It's hard to beat a team like that,” said McPherson.

Even with all of the mistakes made on offense, it was a special teams mistake that opened the door for the Rams.

Up 14-8, Lowndes drove the ball into field goal range and set-up to add three points, but Newton was able to block the field goal to set-up the game-winning drive.

“I thought after all the mistakes we made, the penalties, fumbles, we had the game won. After all of that, we had the game won. They came up with a blocked field goal that put them right back in it. We’ve just got to get better.”

The Vikings have a great chance to get better against the Knights.

Windsor Forest will represent a lot of things that went wrong in Lowndes’ last game, and will provide an opportunity to do things right this time around.

For the second consecutive week, the Vikings will host a non-region team that was crushed by Lowndes a season ago.

Don’t expect the Vikings to overlook the Knights.

McPherson has only lost in consecutive weeks on three occasions since he became the Vikings head coach in 2002.

Look for Lowndes to vent their frustrations from last week’s loss, 8 p.m. today against Windsor Forest at Martin Stadium.