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The vote is in: Valdosta will compete on the national stage

Valdosta will play Chandler (AZ) on Dec. 23rd in Texas (Source: WALB) Valdosta will play Chandler (AZ) on Dec. 23rd in Texas (Source: WALB)
Valdosta City School board voted unanimously in favor (Source: WALB) Valdosta City School board voted unanimously in favor (Source: WALB)
Demarcus Ceaser  (Source: WALB) Demarcus Ceaser (Source: WALB)
Randy Steedley (Source: WALB) Randy Steedley (Source: WALB)
Jennifer Steedley (Source: WALB) Jennifer Steedley (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A unanimous vote at Tuesday night's Valdosta school board meeting will send the Wildcats to Frisco, Texas. 95 players and coaches are excited about the trip and a chance to play on national television.

"This is an opportunity for our students to fly for the first time, leave our community for the first time," said Valdosta City Schools PR director Jennifer Steedley. "Some of them leave our state for the first time."

The Wildcats will bus to Atlanta December 22nd, and fly from there to Dallas. Their game against Chandler High School (Arizona) will be the following night. They'll return home on Christmas Eve.

Former Valdosta running back Demarcus Ceaser spoke at tonight's meeting on the team's behalf.

"It means a lot for me to stand out and speak up to make sure these kids get a chance we never had," said Ceaser.

Energy around the team is booming, and for Spirit Screen Printing, so is business.

The store has sold hundreds of state championship shirts and other football related paraphernalia.

"We definitely have more foot traffic than we usually do in December," said store owner Randy Steedley. "So it's of course mostly Valdosta fans."

The fans will have to pay their own way to Texas, but the school's trip is totally covered by the game's organizers. In fact, the athletics department will receive $12,500. 

In a year where the Wildcats ended an 18-year title drought and scored its record 900th win, the Cats feel unbeatable.

"It's been a while," said Randy. "I think everybody's excited about the game that's coming up. I think it's just kind of a cherry on top for the Wildcats fans."

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