State Pride on the Line

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The Valdosta Wildcats managed only one win last season but they were inches away from pushing Lincoln to the limit. The Trojans took a 24-21 win when the cross bar proved to be Lincoln's best friend.

Lincoln High School head coach Kyle Rice said, "They are certainly looking forward to trying to repay us for the victory we had last year. Our guys know that everybody is going to come out and play a great game against Lincoln so we have the expectation that Valdosta will do the same."

Lincoln boasts a talent-rich lineup that's fresh off a 45-nothing whitewash of Leon.

Valdosta High School head coach Rick Tomberlin said, "I think they ought to change their name from Lincoln to the North Florida All-Stars. They've got great, great athletes. They do a heck of a coaching job. I've never seen more good athletes, Division-I players on one team."

For a second consecutive season, Valdosta's homecoming coincides with a budding rivalry.

Coach Rice said, "Certainly a lot of great football on both sides of the state line and I think it's a natural rivalry between the two and I think it's a great thing for football."

Coach Tomberlin added, "We'd like to win. It's a big game for us. It has become a rivalry in the last 10 years."

Coach Rice said, "We're certainly going to come out and play our best and let the chips fall where they may."

And you can bet that both teams will be all-in for this one.