VALDOSTA -- For the past two years, Lowndes High has had one loss at this point in the season, so needless to say, life in Vikings' country is pretty good right now.

"It's been a good week," Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson said. "Everybody's happy."

That one loss through seven weeks in each of McPherson's two seasons at Lowndes came at the hands of Camden County, no longer on the schedule. Another loss to Valdosta would eventually come in 2002 and 2003, but this season Lowndes has already dispatched of the Wildcats, 28-7 last Friday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

In fact, Lowndes' season couldn't have gone any smoother to this point, a 7-0 start and a No. 2 ranking in Class AAAAA.

"Things have gone pretty good this year," McPherson said. "We've improved each week and gotten better, I believe."

With three weeks remaining, the Vikings hit their toughest stretch of the regular season beginning this week in Tifton at 7:30 p.m.

Lowndes' next three opponents, Tift, Houston and Coffee, are currently the third, second and fourth seeds in Region 1-AAAAA. Lowndes and Houston are the only two remaining unbeaten regions teams and they meet in two Fridays.

Tift (5-2, 1-1 region) is two points from being undefeated in region play, after losing last week to Coffee, 16-14. The week prior to that the Blue Devils thrashed Valdosta 34-2 in Tifton, but McPherson says he doesn't believe Tift is 32 points better than Valdosta, which Lowndes defeated by three touchdowns.

"They had a lot of big plays in that game," McPherson said, noting Tift scored on a muffed punt, a 60-yard run and a 60-yard pass. "But they have a good football team."

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Lowndes had two of its starters go down last week, one on the offensive side and one on the defensive side.

McPherson said quarterback Doug Belk caught a charlie horse in his leg and had to come out for a series. That series last just one play, when backup Randy J. Williams handed off to wingback Lynn Williams, who scored on a 52-yard run after he was nearly collared by the Valdosta defense.

"I guess it had everybody scared but Randy stepped right in there and we scored," McPherson said.

Defensive end Jermaine Clemons was forced from the game because of cramps, but that's a common occurence each week for Clemons, McPherson said.

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Lowndes' B-team plays today at 5 p.m. at home against Ware County. The Vikings' ninth grade team will follow at 7 p.m. against Valdosta.

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