Touchdown Club Update
Annual Viking Touchdown Club Membership Kick-off Golf Tournament
In a statement released Saturday Coach McPherson said “Tucker did a good job as OC at Lowndes. Tucker told me it was a business decision and that he could not turn down an $8,000 raise and the incentive of a free vehicle. I wish him the best in his career.”
This will be Pruitt’s sixth coaching job in seven years and his second stop at Valdosta High. He came to Lowndes last fall from Coffee High. Prior to that Pruitt coached at Georgia Southern (2009), Valdosta High (2010), and Thomson High (2011).
Lowndes has begun the search for a replacement and Coach McPherson has already received several inquiries. McPherson says he hopes to fill the position rapidly.
The Vikings begin varsity spring practice on April 22 and they conclude with an inter-squad game on May 14, 2016.
2016 Vikings Football Schedule
The Vikings will open the 2016 season with a preseason game vs Bainbridge (Region 1 5A) on August 5, 2016.
The regular season will open two weeks later on August 19 when the Vikings travel to cross county rival Valdosta (Region 1 - 6A) for a game at Cleveland Field. Bayside out of Palm Bay, FL returns once again on August 26. The rest of the non-region schedule consists of Parkview (Region 7 - 7A), Shiloh (Region 8 - 7A), Newton (Region 2 - 7A), Mt Zion of Jonesboro (Region 4 - 6A), and Ware (Region 2 - 5A).
The Parkview game will be on the road in 2016 with Parkview coming to Lowndes in 2017. Ware will visit Lowndes on September 30 and the Viking will go to Waycross in 2017.
Lowndes will be open on October 7 before beginning region play on October 14 with Tift followed by Camden and Colquitt. Tift and Camden are home games with the Vikings traveling to Moultrie to play Colquitt on October 28.
November 4 is an open date before the state playoffs begin on November 11. The top three teams from Region 1 7A will go to the playoffs. The fourth playoff slot will go to the highest ranked 7A team in the state not making the playoffs.
Six Vikings Make their College Commitment on Signing Day
Viking Touchdown Club Kicks Off 2015 Membership Drive
The Touchdown Club funds many of the aspects of the Viking football program. The nutrition program, pre-game and post game meals, summer camp and specialty camps are just a few of the programs the Touchdown Club funds. All the monies raised by the Club go back into the program in some manner.
Membership levels in the Viking Touchdown Club range from $50 for a family membership to $1000 for Crimson Business membership. There is a level for every Viking fan. The benefits of some of the levels provide the member with a team entry into the tournament or anyone can purchase an entry into the tournament. The Crimson Business members are the official sponsors of the golf tournament in March.
Please read the following documents for more detain and thank you for your support.
Players listen closely to Awards Banquet speaker Tony Lee.
2014 Viking Players Recognized at Awards Ceremony
All players that lettered this year received letter jackets, and the team captains received plaques. The highest academic students in each grade level received academic awards.
The speaker was Tony Lee. Tony played for the Vikings in 1970 -72 as both a linebacker and running back. He is currently a minister at Keowee Baptist Church outside Anderson, SC. He spoke of his time here as a Viking and many changes that have occurred both here and in his life.
Joe Mederos and Bill Cribb both announced their retirements at the banquet.
Joe Mederos has taught and coached for Lowndes High for over 14 years as both a baseball and football coach. He was a long time assistant coach in baseball to Danny Redshaw and has spent the past several years as the head 9th grade football coach.
Bill Cribb has been associated with Lowndes football for over 37 years. He played in 1978, 79 and 80 as a starting safety. The 1980 Vikings won the state championship. During his college years he worked with the Lowndes Middle School football program, assisting head coach Lindy Evans. For the past 30 years he has been a varsity assistant coach for Joe Wilson, Rick Tomberlin, Milt Miller, and Randy McPherson. Bill is one of only two individuals to be part of all five of the Viking’s state championships.
David D. Shores Named Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Shores comes to Lowndes from Peach County High School, where he served as defensive coordinator for the past season. Peach County’s 2014 defense finished as the 3rdranked scoring defense in Georgia’s Class AAA allowing only 7.4 pts per game. This was an improvement from the 2013 season when the Trojans give up over 30 points per game. The 2014 Trojans finished with a 10-1 record (3 shutouts) and Region 2-AAA champs.
“I am extremely excited about joining the Vikings’ rich tradition of success and competing at the highest level of high school football in the state of Georgia,” said Shores.
Coach Shores played college ball for Terry Bowden at Auburn in 1996-97 as a defensive back and was a member of the 1997 SEC West Division Champs. He was a student assistant to Bill Oliver in 1998 and a graduate assistant to Tommy Tuberville in 1999 at Auburn.
He served as a member of Rush Propst’s staff at Hoover High before joining Nick Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004 where he served as defensive intern to Will Muschamp.
Shores was named head coach at Spain Park High School, Birmingham, AL, in 2006 where he led the 2009 team to the Alabama class 6A quarterfinals and finished with a 10-3 record. In 2011 he was named head coach at Pell City High School, AL, leading them to their first playoff appearance in 5 years and first playoff victory in 7 years.
Shores brings a wealth of college and high school experience to Lowndes. Coach McPherson said, “He will make me a better coach and I hope to make him a better coach. We complement each other extremely well and I look forward to Coach Shores joining our staff.”
Shores said he will employ a very multiple defense that is "versatile and complex enough to keep opposing offenses guessing." He stated, "It is my goal to place our defensive personnel in the best possible situation to experience individual and collective success.”
Shores joins Tucker Pruitt who was hired in December as offensive coordinator. Shores will coach safeties, and Pruitt will coach quarterbacks.
Lowndes Hires Tucker Pruitt to be Offensive Coordinator
Pruitt comes from a well-known football family—his father is Robby Pruitt, current head coach at Coffee High School and a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Pruitt played high school football for his father—three years at Fitzgerald High and his senior year in 2003 at Warner Robins. His collegiate career was spent at Valdosta State from 2004-2008. The first three years were with Chris Hatcher and the ‘Hatch Attack’ spread offense. In ’07 and ’08 he played for David Dean. He was a member of the 2007 Division II National Championship team and was a redshirt on the 2004 title team.
He began his coaching career in 2009 at Georgia Southern University, where he coached quarterbacks for Head Coach Chris Hatcher. In 2011 he was named offensive coordinator at Thomson High School. He re-united with his father at Coffee High in 2012 and was named offensive coordinator at Coffee in 2013 and coached quarterbacks. In 2013 he coached Tyree Paulk, who led Region 1-6A in passing with 1869 yards and 24 touchdowns. This past season Coffee averaged over 375 yards per game and finished with a 10-2 record.
Pruitt plans to run a spread offense at Lowndes, similar to the spread that Auburn and Clemson both run. Said Head Coach Randy McPherson, “I learned to run the football by running the football. Tucker learned to throw the football by throwing the football with Chris Hatcher. There is a big difference when you learn to do something by doing it—then you know better what is going on.”
McPherson went on to say he had been talking and trading ideas with Pruitt for the past few years. Calling him “someone I have 100% confidence in turning the offensive over to,” McPherson said he was “delighted” to have him finally join his staff. In addition to assuming the play calling duties, Pruitt will coach quarterbacks. He will begin his teaching and coaching duties at Lowndes High on February 2, 2015.
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