In the small towns scattered throughout South Georgia, life sometimes seems to revolve around football.
On the Florida state line, Lowndes County is home to Valdosta High, which bills itself as the winningest program in the history of the United States. Valdosta's crosstown rival is Lowndes County High, which has won four state championships since 1999 in Georgia's largest classification since 1999. The 504-square-mile county is home to 109,000 people and boasts two 10,000-seat stadiums, which its faithful enthusiastically fill each fall.
But right now at Lowndes High, as players participate in summer workouts, it's hard for them or their coaches to concentrate on their beloved sport. On Saturday, they lost one of their own when Edward Christian, 20, a former Lowndes offensive lineman who went to Auburn on a football scholarship, was one of three people killed at an off-campus shooting.
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said the suspect, 22-year-old Desmonte Leonard,was taken int...