After Lowndes' 49-7 Class AAAAA state championship victory against Brookwood, fans stormed the field, and one in particular made a memory.

A father escorted his young son, an under-10 Vikings fan down to the field and introduced him to the senior who led the state champs in tackles.

As the young boy stood there looking up at the young man who his dad said was his "favorite player," the blushing on his blonde complexion stood out like a lighthouse on a foggy shoreline.

The boy sat there and fought through his excitement as his favorite Viking, tight end/linebacker Matt Harper, took time from his celebrations to ask the young lad football questions.

That is the type of player that led to the Vikings' success throughout the last two years and into the decimation of the Broncos on Saturday.

During the game, Harper was a menace, flying around the ball and slamming into opponents with the speed of a runaway train.

After the game he was a quite-reserved teenager who had reached the goal he set in his mind years ago.

This is just one example of more than 20 players who suited up for their final game at Martin Stadium.

The senior class of Lowndes' football team came out and set the pace, leaving it all on the field.

"We knew we had to give it our all," Harper said. "It was our last game in high school football.

"We had to give it our all, or go home."

The Vikings' defense, which held the Broncos to 101 yards of total offense, was led by Harper and fellow seniors Jermel Demps, Asmar Ceasar, John Barner and others.

The offense that put up seven touchdowns against Georgia's No. 2-ranked team were also led by seniors who had big games Saturday.

To pace the offense, senior running back Lynn Williams rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams required at least two players to take him down each carry, and kept finding holes along the outside when Brookwood seemingly had the lanes shut down.

"It's an unbelievable senior class," Randy McPherson said. "I'll never forget them as long as I live."

The reason Williams, fellow senior Stanley Dickson and the rest of the Vikings' running backs had so much room was because of Lowndes offensive line, which is also manned by seniors.

The line, led by center Andrew Dunn and tackle Will McPherson, cleared the way for 237 yards of rushing for Lowndes.

"This team is like no other," Harper said. "We're so close, and we just play with all our heart."

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