July 9, 2008
Valdosta - The city of Valdosta making its pitch to the ESPN cameras on why that city should be named "TitleTown USA."
Valdosta has a great championship tradition in a number of sports but it is high school football upon which the city earned the nickname Winnersville.
Valdosta High has won more football games than any other high school in the nation.
The Wildcats have 23 state championship banners and six national titles hanging up at their home Cleveland Field.
Crosstown rival Lowndes has been on a roll of late.
The Vikings have won five state titles and three in the last four years and could win title number six this fall.
All this winning has some who have never been to Valdosta thinking local fans are a bit too rabid in their love for football.
Not so say the coaches of these two championship programs.
Valdosta High head coach Rick Tomberlin said "I think sometimes Valdosta gets a little bit of a bum rap in terms of unrealistic expectations. I have not experience that at all."
Lowndes High head coach Randy McPherson said "Here at Lowndes we have won five total I believe. We are very proud of that. Our fans are terrific. They support us. It is a great place to be."
Rivals Lowndes and Valdosta meet on October 10th at Valdosta's Cleveland Field.