December 1, 2005
Valdosta -- The Lowndes football team has never won back-to-back state championships.
The Vikings will have the chance to accomplish the feat for the first time Saturday, and it's the senior class that's been the driving force behind the championship run.
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.
Senior Quarterback Doug Belk says, "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.
"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."
Senior Andrew Dunn adds, "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."
McPherson says the seniors excellence is not limited to just football.
"Just an unbelievable group of kids, character-wise. On 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 says, "I'm ready to go. Can't leave anything out on the field, because there's nothing to be left out there."
Belk adds, "I couldn't ask for anything else out of my senior year."
The Lowndes football team will look to win its unprecedented second-straight state title Saturday night, as they host Brookwood at 7:30 pm.