By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 15, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- 2017, like most years, was a good time to be a Lowndes Viking.
They posted an 11-1 record and took home the Winnersville Classic crown as they defeated Valdosta for the first time since 2013.
However, the Vikings are going to have to hope their reloading, and not rebuilding, with only two returning starters on offense and just a handful on defense.
"We've got three college prospects; Josh Brown, Gary Osby and Jamari Hill that are returning starters," said Vikings head coach Randy McPherson. "They've got some talent, but they're going to have to go out and prove it themselves."
It's a challenge that's made it clear to McPherson that there's work to be done, but never enough to change expectations in Vikings Country.
"We want to win the region. We're not ready right now, but the region is a long way away," McPherson said. "We want to get better each week. The goals here are the same every year; win a region, and a state title."
The Vikings currently find themselves in the midst of a decade-long title drought.
So, while the 2018 squad is still being molded, McPherson is hopeful his fresh faced Vikings can step up to the challenge, particularly in the secondary.
"We were wondering about it at first," he explained. "I don't know how good they are right now, but there certainly is a lot of potential now."
And at a program like Lowndes, potential can get you a lot of places.