VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta area is renowned for playing quality high school football. This year is no different, as eight out of 10 local high school football teams are going to the playoffs.

Lowndes will start its quest to repeat as AAAAA state champions on Friday. The Vikings (9-1), who were Region 1-AAAAA champions for the second straight season, will open the playoffs against Atlanta Douglass, the Region 2 fourth seed, at 8 p.m. Friday night at Martin Stadium.

Valdosta wrapped up the Region 1 second seed with a 24-14 victory over Colquitt County Friday. The Wildcats (6-4) will host Riverdale (8-2), the third seed from Region 2, either Friday or Saturday.

Clinch County is ready to defend its 2004 Class A state championship. The Panthers (6-4) finished second in Region 1-A this season. They will play Columbus Brookstone at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Donald Tison Stadium.

Lanier County made the playoffs with a 40-14 victory over Atkinson County Friday night. It's the first time the Bulldogs (5-5) have ever earned a spot in the playoffs. It's also the best season in Lanier County's brief history. Lanier will travel to Cuthbert to face Region 2-A champion Randolph-Clay, No. 5 in Class A, on Friday.

Brooks County is celebrating its first region championship in 12 years. The Trojans (8-2) claimed the top seed in their region with a 21-14 victory over Albany Friday night, scoring the winning touchdown with 29 seconds to play. Brooks will start the playoffs against Appling County next Friday in Quitman.

Cook had the same record as Brooks, but lost the region tiebreaker because of Brooks' 9-0 win over the Hornets last month. The Hornets (8-2) have the second seed in 1-AA. They host Bacon County Friday night at Memorial Stadium in Adel.

Valwood slipped into the GISA Class AA playoffs at the last minute. The Valiants (6-4) had to sit and wait, then celebrated when Brookwood upset SGA 22-20 Friday, putting Valwood into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of Region 3. Valwood travels to Belleville to face Pinewood Christian, who defeated the Valiants 22-10 on Aug. 26.

Madison County has been the Florida Class 2A state runner-up the last two years. The Cowboys (8-0) want a state championship now. Madison, which still has a week left in its regular season, opens the playoffs in two weeks against DeFuniak Springs Walton, the runner-up in District 1-2A, at Boot Hill Stadium.

Hamilton County (6-3) saw its hopes for a playoff spot fall short on Friday, losing to FSU High 34-12 in Tallahassee. That game was for the final playoff spot in Florida District 3-2B. Hamilton's season ends this Friday against Live Oak Suwannee.

Berrien also failed to make the playoffs, finishing 2-8.


Tickets for Lowndes' game against Douglass will go on sale Monday to season ticket holders and Wednesday to the general public.

Regular season reserve seat ticket holders may purchase their same reserved seats at Martin Stadium on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office during the day or at the Viking Touchdown Club meeting on Monday night. The Touchdown Club will meet in the Lowndes High Media Center beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets not picked up will go on sale beginning Wednesday morning.

The ticket office is located in the Board of Education building on Norman Drive. Ticket office hours this week are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.

Tickets for Valdosta High's playoff game, either Friday or Saturday, will go on sale Tuesday to season ticket holders and Wednesday to the general public. The ticket office will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The Valdosta ticket office is located in the Valdosta City Schools central offices on the corner of Ann Street and Williams Street.

Tickets for both games are $8 each for reserved seats and adult general admission. Ticket prices are set by the Georgia High School Association.

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