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Winnersville Classic brings community spirit

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WINNERSVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Winnersville Classic will be played Friday. Rivals Lowndes and Valdosta will face-off at Martin Stadium.  

Tickets are sold out as usual for one of the top high school football rivalries in the country.

It's one of the most exciting days of the year in Winnersville. Friday promises to be electrifying for fans cheering on Valdosta and Lowndes high football teams.

"Our students in the community grew up together," said Wes Taylor, Lowndes High Principal. "They go to church together. They all know each other so this is very special for them for them to have an opportunity to be a part of this sold out crowd."

Madison Marshall is a cheerleader at Lowndes.

"I'm very excited," said Marshall. "I just want to beat Valdosta."

She and her friends made t-shirts and headbands to wear to school.

The new Bridgemen band director Jon Bowman just moved here from Alabama.

"Just all the hype surrounding this," said Bowman. "It's more than I've ever seen, Just really excited to be a part of it tonight."

Tickets sold out early this week. The stadium is empty right now but Friday it'll be filled with nearly 13,000 fans.

Over at Valdosta high school Friday, an LHS boat floats in Lake Valdosta. Inside the school, VHS students are game ready.

"We're all pumped up and ready for the game," said Brian Law, Valdosta High counselor. "It's Winnersville, Titletown USA. The kids are excited. The community is excited, teachers and staff. It's just the greatest week in Valdosta and tonight is the big night."

WALB caught up with some football players on their way to lunch.

"We go back in history we've been rivals forever so they've been beating us for the last few  years so we're trying to win now," said Malcolm Mitchell.

"I grew up watching those guys and wanted to be like them," said Justin Williams.

Students wore black and gold clothing from their head down to their shoes.

Kickoff is at eight o'clock at Lowndes High's Martin Stadium.

You can get score updates on this and other high school football games on this web site. Tune in to the Locker Room Report for all the highlights at eleven. 


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