Valdosta Daily Times

October 18, 2013

Week Nine High School Football Previews

Derrick Davis
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA —  Lowndes Vikings (5-2) at Coffee Co. Trojans (4-3)

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Keys to the Game:

Lowndes’ defense posted their third shutout of the season last week in their 3-0 victory over Valdosta. After managing to lock up Malcolm Joseph and Nelson Herring, the Vikings will be facing a entirely different challenge this week against the number one passer in Region 1-6A, Tyree Paulk. Brandon Roberts and Eric Hart struggled a bit in coverage two weeks ago against Brunswick, but a game-sealing pick six by Hart showed that he is up for a battle. If Zack Copeland and the Vikings defensive line can bring pressure like they did a week ago, it could really disrupt the Trojans passing attack.

Coach’s Take:

Unfortunately, Randy McPherson could not be reached for comment.

Tift Co. Blue Devils (4-3) at Valdosta Wildcats (4-2)

in Valdosta

Keys to the Game:

Valdosta’s usually dynamic rushing attack was limited to just 60 yards on the ground last week against Lowndes as they attempted to break tendency and deviate from the run into more of a passing attack, throwing 30 times with sophomore quarterback Seth Shuman. That resulted in zero points scored in a game that the Wildcats had two weeks to prepare for. Expect to see Valdosta go back to basics in a must-win game against a tough Tift County.

Coach’s Take:

“This is not the same Tift County from last year, or any year before. They are different and their new players are good football players,” said Wildcats head coach Rance Gillespie.

 Valwood Valiants (6-0) at Westwood Wildcats (5-1-1)

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Keys to the Game:

Valwood won big against Terrell Academy despite a sloppy performance in which the team was penalized over twelve times and turned the ball over. The Valiants cannot have a repeat performance against a tough Westwood team entering the game on a five-game win streak. A balanced offense will put the pressure on the Wildcats to keep up with the Valiants on the scoreboard which could lead to mistakes that Valwood’s defense can capitalize on.

Coach’s Take:

“We aren’t concerned with last year at all,” Valwood head coach Ashley Henderson said. “With (running back and linebacker) JT Edore and (running back/cornerback) Chason Worsham, Westwood is always in the ball game. They have big play ability from anywhere on the field.”

Pelham Hornets (3-3) at Brooks Co. Trojans (4-1)

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Keys to the Game:

A huge win on the road against Fitzgerald last week put Brooks County in the driver’s seat of a Region 1-AA championship, but the Trojans must win-out to assure they control their own destiny in the hunt for back-to-back region titles. Malkom Parrish has had some turnovers issues this season that he will need to clean up as Brooks heads into the stretch run to the postseason, but so far he has been dynamic enough on both sides of the ball to compensate for any mistakes he’s made. The Trojans focus will be tested in the coming weeks as they face Pelham, Berrien, and Cook (combined 1-6 in the region).

Coach’s Take:

“A lot of hard work [went into keeping the team focused for Pelham],” said Trojans head coach Maurice Freeman. “We worked hard, we picked up the tempo, we picked up the pace. The coaches are working hard forcing our young men to work harder.”