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Vikings ready for a repeat

August 10, 2005

Valdosta - The sad news for Lowndes High opponents is that the Vikings did not lose much from last year's state championship team.

The Vikings however know they will get the a-game from every team on their schedule.

With 14 starters back from a state championship team, Lowndes High will not only start the season ranked number one in the state but number two in the nation.

Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson said "Those polls don't have anything to do with teeing that football up on Friday night not one thing."

Polls may not win football games but a good defense will and the Vikings return seven starters from unit that allowed just 101 total points in 15 games last season.

The strength of the unit will be the secondary with three starters back including four year starter Jermel Demps. Matt Harper and Antonio Townsend are back at linebacker while AzMar Caesar and Devaris Leonard will be joined by Tift County transfer Stan Summers on the front line.

McPherson said "We try to play defense, we have got some kids coming back and hopefully we can field a defense similar to last year's that is our goal."

The Vikings have seven starters back on offense including three year starter Doug Belk at quarterback and running backs Darriett Perry and Lynn Williams who was the team's leading rusher.

Matt Harper is also an all-star candidate at tight end and punter and so is kicker Curtis Schmidt.

The Vikings seemingly have no chinks in their armor but coach McPherson knows the road ahead will be tougher than last year.

McPherson said "We will be tested before we get into the region. I believe our region is going to be very strong this year and I believe it is up for grabs."

Lowndes opens defense of their state title at home against Tri-Cities.