Valdosta, Ga. — Greg Reid didn’t wait long to electrify a national television audience and more than 13,000 fans in attendance at the Winnersville Classic.
Reid took a pass 70 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, giving Gators fans a glimpse of what’s ahead when the UF commit comes to Gainesville.
Valdosta and Lowndes played a tightly-contested game the rest of the way, with the Vikings coming out on top 14-7, taking the heated rivalry for the fifth-consecutive year.
Late in the the second quarter, Greg Reid was racing down the sideline when he was knocked out of bounds near the endzone when a scary moment occurred.
Valdosta High defensive back Johnathan Mitchell was injured in a sideline collision with a band prop on the play. The junior cornerback collided with a cameraman along the sideline, then crashed into a fence.
Mitchell lay almost motionless for 25 minutes, as team trainers, then emergency medical staff, attended to him, and workers tried to remove his facemask, which had gotten stuck in the fence. Eventually, he was placed on a stretcher, then taken away in an ambulance to South Georgia Medical Center.
Mitchell spent Friday and Saturday night in the hospital with a bruised spinal cord. He had movement in both of his legs and his arms, but was still kept at SGMC as a precaution.