Lowndes 42, Central Gwinnett 0

VALDOSTA - Lowndes' football team wasn't very welcoming to its homecoming opponent, Central Gwinnett, on Friday night, defeating the Black Knights 42-0 at Martin Stadium.

Heading into the contest, the Vikings (3-1) were bent on getting revenge on the Black Knights (2-1) for spoiling 2006's homecoming with a 11-7 victory.

This year, the Black Knights didn't even come close.

"I'm just glad we stepped up, and did our thing," Lowndes senior defensive tackle T.J. Manning said. "We came out here, and did what we were supposed to do."

The Vikings did their thing on both sides of the ball, putting up 414 yards of total offense, while holding the Black Knights to 117 total yards and just 31 rushing yards.

Lowndes kept pressure on the Black Knights' offensive line all game, holding quarterback Devan Strickland to 11 completions on 21 passes for 85 yards.

While the offense kept the Black Knights at bay, the Vikings ran all over Central Gwinnett starting on the first drive of the game.

After receiving the kickoff, the Vikings needed just five plays for a 62-yard scoring drive.

Darriett Perry ran his second carry of what would be a big game, 44 yards into the end zone. Mark Willis put the extra point through the uprights to start the scoring at 7-0.

Lowndes and coach Randy McPherson stuck with his senior wing back, handing the ball off to Perry the next six offensive plays, as he led a 12-play drive that resulted in a 38-yard Willis field goal.

Perry carried the ball 15 times, compiling 153 yards, including 108 in the first half.

"I want to win, so I wasn't going to let my teammates down," Perry said. "And, I couldn't have done anything without my offensive line, so I want to thank them."

The Vikings' offensive line provided running room all night, as Lowndes rushed for 325 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground.

After a 10-point first quarter, the Vikings continued to put points on the board in the second, as Greg Reid rumbled 4 yards into the end zone, making the score 17-0 after a Willis extra point.

Lowndes added two points to Reid's second touchdown of the night, as Perry capped Reid's 5-yard run with the 2-point conversion.

The Vikings scored on each drive but the last of the second quarter, as Willis missed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Lowndes didn't punt the ball one time, or allow Central Gwinnett into their red zone.

"They worked hard," McPherson said. "They came out and played as hard as they could. I thought everybody played well."

The Vikings continued to dominate the running game in the third quarter, as Perry sparked a scoring drive with a 42-yard run. Lowndes' fullback Adrian Hargett completed the drive on a 15-yard carry for the score.

With the Vikings controlling the running attack, they also showed a passing game, as Christian Glisson often came in for starting quarterback Kharry Franklin to take the ball to the air.

Glisson completed 6 of 10 passes for 89 yards, while rushing for 22 yards.

Glisson hit his biggest pass of the night on fourth down, as Kelly Dawsey caught a 17-yard toss to extend a Vikings' drive that ultimately ended up in the end zone.

Four plays after the Dawsey reception, Perry scored his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run, bringing the score to 39-0 after a Willis extra point.

Willis would finalize the scoring with 4:17 left in the ball game, as the junior kicked a 37-yard field goal through the uprights.

After being plagued by turnovers in Lowndes' first three games, the Vikings didn't fumble or throw one interception throughout Friday's contest.





















Lowndes: Darriett Perry 44 run (Mark Willis kick) 10:27

Lowndes: Willis 38 FG, 4:55


Lowndes: Greg Reid 4 run (Willis kick) 5:56

Lowndes: Reid 5 run (Perry run) 4:08


Lowndes: Adrian Hargett 15 run (Willis kick) 8:33

Lowndes: Perry 4 run (Willis kick) :00 


Lowndes: Willis 37 FG, 4:17