Football is very serious in Valdosta. Both of the high schools (Valdosta High, the city high school and Lowndes High, the county high school) have won numerous state championships and I believe Valdosta High has won national championships. Football is also huge at VSU they have won 2 or 3 national championships in the AA division. You are right, it really is a big deal. Saying Atlanta is north of Valdosta is an understatement though, it is on the complete other side of the state. I grew up about an hour from Valdosta.