VALDOSTA -- Camden County head coach Jeff Herron has already thrown up the white flag. He's already said in jest that the Wildcats should go ahead and forfeit to mighty Lowndes High.
Vikings' head coach Randy McPherson knows there's nothing further from the truth.
"He is the world's best poor mouther," McPherson said of Herron. "He's got the world record.
"They've got a great team. I tell the truth."
Lowndes (13-0, No. 2 in Class AAAAA) and Camden (13-0, No. 1 in Class AAAAA) square off in a battle of unbeatens Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Georgia Dome, a 70,000-plus seat arena that is home to the Atlanta Falcons, host to the SEC Championship game and the Peach Bowl.
Camden has the decided advantage because of their experience in the Dome the past three seasons. Herron's bunch is riding the state's longest current win streak at 28 games and has already played in the Dome once this season in a 12-10 win over Parkview in the Corky Kell Classic to open the season.
With all those facts, McPherson says there's no way Lowndes is the favorite, especially considering there are no Vikings who have played a game in the Georgia Dome.
"(Herron) is trying to make them look like the underdog," McPherson said. "Twenty-eight game winning streak, they beat us the last three times and he's the underdog? Right."
The last time Lowndes played in the Georgie Dome, the Vikings' current 12 seniors were in the seventh grade. But ask any of Lowndes' players and they'll tell you those circumstances won't come into play Saturday.
"I know there's going to be a lot of people," Vikings' cornerback Tavarus Carter said. "If we play without circumstances we'll be all right. I think going into the game, it's pretty even. Whoever plays with focus is going to win."
Lowndes' junior quarterback Doug Belk, a two-year starter, will face Camden's vaunted defense for the third time in less than two seasons Saturday.
Belk is 0-2 against the Wildcats in those starts, but he's throwing that record out the window this time around, saying he's more comfortable this season with offense and with an offensive line that's peaking at the right time.
Asked how much Camden's experience in the Dome will play a factor Saturday, without hesitation, Belk said, "I don't think any of that matters."
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