MOULTRIE – The much-anticipated meeting between last year’s state champions in Georgia’s top two classifications is on for Friday night with both Lowndes and Northside-Warner Robins taking 5-0 records to Martin Stadium.

Northside shut out Houston County 31-0 on Friday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium for its 35th straight victory.

Top-ranked Lowndes had a sterner test, holding off Tift County 28-14 at Brodie Field. The Vikings, ranked No. 3 in one national poll, led by just a touchdown at the half before winning their 19th straight game.

Both teams are now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-AAAAA. And both were determined defensively on Friday.

Northside gave up just 116 yards to Houston County, which falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in Region 1-AAAAA. The Bears averaged less than 2 yards a carry on the ground.

The Eagles, tied for No. 2 in Class AAAAA, also got a solid performance from quarterback Joe Scott, who completed 10-of-18 passes for 166 yards and a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tarquineo Green.

Xavier Bacon, Region 1-AAAAA’s leading rusher, had 84 yards and scored on runs of 11 and 3 yards in the first 14 minutes of the game. He also had four receptions for 42 yards and had an apparent 49-yard punt return for a touchdown called back because of a clipping penalty.

Lowndes has given up just three touchdowns this season and Tift County got two of them on Friday.

The Vikings held Tift to just 96 yards on the ground and Blue Devils quarterback Malcom Dixon was just 6-for-22 for 122 yards. Four Vikings turnovers kept the game close.

But Greg Reid scored three times, including once on a 99-yard run, and finished with 190 yards on eight carries.

His 73-yard run set up another score and he also returned a fumble 102 yards for a touchdown that gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead.

Reid, who has committed to Florida, also intercepted a pass with 59 seconds remaining.

Lowndes has outscored its five opponents 194-21 and has perhaps the state’s most outstanding skill player in Reid.

Northside, the two-time defending Class AAAA state champion, has played a more demanding schedule. The Eagles have defeated two state champions – Booker T. Washington of Miami, Fla., and Class AAA’s Carver High of Columbus – and have outscored their opponents 135-46.

The Northside defense features two All-State caliber players in tackle Abry Jones, who has committed to Georgia, and linebacker Eric Fields.

While Lowndes was taking care of business in Tifton, the Vikings crosstown rival was struggling at home.

Valdosta outgained Warner Robins 276-97, but could not find the end zone and fell to the Demons 7-0.

The victory evens Warner Robins’ region record at 1-1. The Demons are 3-2 overall.

Valdosta also is 3-2 overall, but, like Colquitt County and Houston County, the Wildcats are 0-2 in the region as they prepare to visit Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium next Friday.

Warner Robins scored the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The Demons, facing a fourth-down on the Valdosta 1, lined up for a field goal attempt, but Valdosta jumped offsides.

After the ball was moved inches closer to the Valdosta goal line, Demons coach Bryan Way decided to go for it and Jonathan Jackson barely broke the plane of the goal line. David Clark’s extra point made it 7-0 and Warner Robins held on for the final 11:13.

Valdosta drove to the Demons’ 14 on it next possession, but fumbled the ball away.

Four times Valdosta entered the red zone in the game, but each time came away empty.

Valdosta quarterback Kyle Rowe completed 14-of-30 passes for 139 yards, but threw three interceptions.

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