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November 22, 2004

Valdosta - This weekend's Georgia/Georgia Tech game is one of the biggest football match ups of the season. But before the battle on the field, the teams are facing off at the Red Cross. "This is the big football challenge week!" said Jeff Wooley.

Jeff Wooley is giving blood in support of his Alma Mater. "Georgia Tech,because they're the best," said Wooley.

But just a few chairs down, other football fans have a different opinion of who'll be the big winner. "Definitely Georgia, by about four touchdowns," said Richard Johnson.

Workers at the American Red Cross hope a little friendly football rivalry will help boost their blood supply. Donations have been down lately, and heading into the holidays, they're needed more than ever. "People are traveling, they're out of town, they're not here to donate like they usually do," said Robbin Miller.

And as holiday travelers pack the highways, there's sure to be more accidents, and a higher demand for blood. "It's always O's and B's we need the most," said Miller.

So no matter who wins on the field this weekend, both teams will be on top as football fever helps to save lives.

The Red Cross is extending its hours for the collegiate blood bowl this week. Donor centers in Albany and Valdosta will be open from 10 until 7:00 Tuesday, and 8:00 until 5:00 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

posted at 4:25 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com