December 1, 2005
Valdosta - When head coach Randy McPherson came to Lowndes four years ago, he planned for the long haul by starting a young lineup his first season.
The move paid off with McPherson's first senior class needing one more win for a second straight state title.
With one game left in their high school careers, the Lowndes Class of 2006 has won an impressive 45 football games, including a state championship last season.
Quarterback Doug Belk said "We haven't lost many games at all. Just playing as a team, we're real close."
The current seniors arrived on campus for Randy McPherson's first year with the team, and the coach says this class is special.
McPherson said "We're real close together. They came here the same time I did. The relationships we've built with those kids are definitely going to last a lifetime."
Lineman Andrew Dunn said "It's real special. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to the whole team. The thing about us is we are a team. We're all close together. Us together, out here, last game...it means the world, you know?"
McPherson says the seniors excellence is not limited to just football.
McPherson: "Just an unbelievable group of kids, character-wise. One the field, off the field. It's a group of kids I'll never forget."
And the Viking seniors will be looking for one last win to finish out their careers Saturday night
Dunn said "I'm ready to go. Can't leave anything out on the field, because there's nothing to be left out there."
Belk said "I couldn't ask for anything else out of my senior year."
Lowndes County school officials told WALB's Ashley Harper that Brookwood has returned some 800 tickets for Saturday night's state championship game and those tickets will go on sale Friday.