Derrick Davis and Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times
Colquitt Packers (3-1) at Lowndes Vikings (3-1)
Lowndes’ first region game of the season may be its biggest as the Vikings face a tough test from a Colquitt Packers team that has lost to the eventual state champions each season for the last four years. Look for Ahman Brown and the Vikings to test a usually solid Colquitt defensive line that will be without stud defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman (broken fibula), however Lowndes will need to establish a threat of a pass as well. The Vikings were able to win last year without completing a pass, but that isn’t something they’ll want to chance again.
“We’ve had three really good practices, three really physical practices,” said Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson. “The kids have done a really good job of preparing. It’s been a good week. The intensity level has been way up.”
Valdosta Wildcats (4-0) at Camden Co. Wildcats (3-1)
The Wildcats will travel to Camden County to face off against thier first region opponent this week. The Wildcats of Valdosta will utilize their blistering running back duo of Nelson Herring and Malcolm Joseph to control the clock against a Camden team that posted 91 points in their last game before a bye week.
Coach’s Take: “Each week have been improving, and this week will be no difference,” said Head Coach Rance Gillespie. “It will be important for us to travel well.”
Cook Hornets (2-1) at Thomasville Bulldogs (2-2) in Thomasville
With the first game of Region 1-AA play upon them, the Cook Hornets hit the road for a battle against opponent Thomasville Bulldogs. Fighting a few injuries, the Hornets will have to run the ball and control the clock against an aggressive Bulldog defense.
Coach’s Take: “I hope we get a win. We want to start off the region 1-0. We’re playing against a traditional school and a good team,” said Coach Ken Coffer. “When you play away, in this region, you have to be one of those teams that like to play away and win.”
Brooks Co. Trojans (3-1) at Early Co. Bobcats (2-2)
Playing on the road is never easy, but this is a tough Brooks County Trojan team. UGA commit Malkom Parrish will have to play at a high level and take care of the ball against an Early Co. team that boast two top notch linebackers.
Coach’s Take: “We have to play a better first quarter. No turnovers. On offense, we need to move the ball and take what the defense gives us,” said Head Coach Maurice Freeman. “To win, we have to throw the ball well, and run the ball; play defense. We must do what Brooks Co. does well; run the ball and tackle people.”
Mount De Sales Academy Cavaliers (0-4) at Valwood Valiants (4-0)
Valwood enters today’s game against Mount De Sales Academy as the clear favorite; the undefeated Valiants will play at home against the winless Cavaliers with an extra three days to prepare. It is important that Valwood head coach Ashley Henderson has to keep his players focused as they continue to improve. The key for the Valiants is, as always, to get a lot of defenders flowing to the ball and to be physical at the point of attack, but Valwood will also have to remain disciplined in their assignments against an option team.
“I think we’re still getting better,” said Henderson in reference to his defense. “We’re getting to the ball, we’re getting a lot of hats to the ball, but we just gotta keep doing it, keep getting better. We work on it every day. We want 11 guys on the football every play.”