VALDOSTA -- Through no fault of its own, Lowndes High football has been handicapped this week by school cancellations and missed practices.

After the cancellation of school and practice Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather, the Vikings hit the practice field Wednesday for their only full-contact practice this week. Despite the two missed practices, Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson has put things in perspective.

"It's kind of hard for me to fuss about (missing) a football practice," McPherson said. "It's selfish considering everything people are going through that were in the middle of that storm. Football is pretty insignificant when you've got people losing their houses."

McPherson called off practice Tuesday morning because of impending weather ("we had kids that didn't have any power," he said) and also had his Lowndes High coach's show cancelled. The show will not be made up this week, but will continue on its regular schedule next Tuesday at 7 p.m. on 105.9 F.M.

Meanwhile, the Vikings were free to do as they pleased for two days, but most never got away from school assignments, working on research projects and homework, among other things.

"(I) caught up on some sleep," Vikings' senior offensive guard Vitus Berrian said.

To compensate for the missed days, McPherson said Lowndes will practice longer than normal on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for Friday's homecoming game against Meadowcreek.

"We won't know (the affects of cancelled practices) until Friday," McPherson said. "Our kids want to get better, but we've got to have a good day (Wednesday) and (Thursday)."

Lowndes and Meadowcreek, a member of Region 8-AAAAA along with Parkview and Brookwood, kickoff Friday at 8 p.m. at Martin Stadium.

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Lowndes High's B-team plays its first game of the season today at 5 p.m. against Valdosta at Martin Stadium. Tthe Vikings' ninth grade team (1-0) plays Valdosta at Bazemore Hyder Stadium. Kickoff for that game has been moved to 7 p.m.

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