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Britt Voigt, Kenny Voigt, Kevin Coggins, and Cary Scarborough are already tailgating outside 'The Concrete Palace' Britt Voigt, Kenny Voigt, Kevin Coggins, and Cary Scarborough are already tailgating outside 'The Concrete Palace'
There's a big push to consolidate the Valdosta City school system with the Lowndes County system. But Voigt says he's against it. There's a big push to consolidate the Valdosta City school system with the Lowndes County system. But Voigt says he's against it.
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By David Miller and Jade Bulecza

Valdosta, GA - (WALB) - An intrepid group of high school football fans are the first ones to stake out their spot for Friday night's clash of two football powerhouses.

Britt Voigt, Kenny Voigt, Kevin Coggins, and Cary Scarborough are already tailgating outside 'The Concrete Palace' the unofficial nickname of Lowndes High's Martin Stadium.

This group of Lowndes High Vikings fans are serious fans and tailgaters. The men aren't bashful about their 'rabid fan' status. The say they hate the Valdosta Wildcats.

And is this game huge? Kevin Coggins compares it to the Daytona 500, and NASCAR is taken pretty seriously in this part of the country. 

They usually feed every about 250 people on football Friday nights but they expect they'll easily feed 350 tonight. On the menu this evening are: beef brisket, oysters, and 'gator tail. Britt Voigt will do the honors cooking the oysters.

Politics is still a hot topic of conversation in the area. There's a big push to consolidate the Valdosta City school system with the Lowndes County system. But Voigt says he's against consolidation, because nothings been proven as to why it would benefit either school system.

In the earlier years of the rivalry, Valdosta had the upper hand, going back to the sixties, and legendary coach Wright Bazemore.

In fact, it took 10 years for the Lowndes Vikings to beat the Valdosta Wildcats, by the score of 7 - 2. But the county school, Lowndes, has won the last seven Winnersville Classics.

The schools have played 49 games against each other. Valdosta has won 33, and Lowndes has won 16, since 1968.

You can watch ESPN-U on Mediacom channel 178, DirecTV channel 208 and Dish Network channel 141.

Get the highlights on WALB's Locker Room Report at 11:00 Friday night.

 

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