MOULTRIE -- The last 10 years of the Colquitt County-Lowndes High football series has not been one the Packers faithful want to talk much about.

It has been much-too one-sided in the Vikings direction and many expect the defending state champions to keep it that way when Lowndes visits Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field at 8 p.m. Friday for the Region 1-AAAAA opener for both teams.

Lowndes opened the season as the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA in Georgia and the No. 2-ranked team in the nation.

In its first four games, the Vikings did nothing to tarnish those rankings.

Then came the trip to Waycross on Sept. 16, when three Lowndes fourth-quarter fumbles led to three Ware County scores and the Gators had snapped the Vikings 19-game winning streak.

Lowndes has not had a game since, taking last Friday off while the Packers were pounding Worth County 55-6.

From the seventh grade level on up, Lowndes has not had much trouble with Colquitt County teams in recent years.

At the varsity level, the Packers won nine straight against Lowndes from 1987-1995, but have just one victory over the Vikings since.

Lowndes won three straight by a total of eight points between 1996 and 1998.

After Colquitt won 21-2 in 1999, the series has been all Lowndes since with the Vikings having won five in a row.

And the last two have been a bit on the ugly side if you are a Colquitt County fan.

The last time the Vikings visited Moultrie in 2003, they won 27-0.

It was not any better last year at Martin Stadium when the Vikings began their Region 1-AAAAA and Class AAAAA championship drive with a 31-0 victory in which they surrendered just four first downs and held the Packers to minus-one yard rushing.

A Lowndes victory on Friday would even the all-time series between the two schools that started in 1968.

The Packers currently lead 20-19.

The 40th meeting will give the Packers a chance to reverse some recent history, but for new coach Tim Cokely and most of his staff, it is a history they are unfamiliar with and have little use for.

The new staff knows only that its Packers are 3-2 and have won two in a row, including a 55-6 decision over Worth County last Friday in Sylvester.

And Cokely knows that the Vikings are unlikely to be in a charitable mood when they bus up from Valdosta this week.

The Vikings have had to live with the poor fourth quarter that left them with their only loss in two seasons.

Before stumbling against the Gators, the Vikings had pounded their first four opponents, defeating Tri-Cities, 42-0; Luella, 48-21; Kendrick 52-0; and Meadowcreek 57-6.

Lowndes is under the direction of Randy McPherson, who is in his fourth season as the team's head coach. The former Madison County (Fla.) coach got his 100th career coaching victory last season as the school won its third state championship. The other state titles cam in 1980 and 1999.

McPherson also won a state championship at Madison County in 2001.

The Vikings have 13 starters back from last year's state championship team, including All-State running back Lynn Williams.

Williams, who has battled an ankle sprain this fall, rushed for 1,385 yards last season. He had 80 yards in the victory over the Packers.

The other two Region 1-AAAAA openers on Friday feature Houston County (3-2) at Coffee (3-2) and Tift County (5-0) at Valdosta (3-2).

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