The Camden County Wildcats had plenty to play for despite what many felt inside the state of Georgia. The Wildcats were the Region 1-6A champions in their first year in the rugged region consisting of South Georgia teams from Moultrie all the way to the coastal Georgia town of Kingsland. The Wildcats from Kingsland entered their regular season finale against the Colquitt County Packers-the last team to beat Camden County, ranked in the Top 10 of several national polls and even as high as No.2 in some polls meaning they had a true shot at winning the “national championship”.
Thoughts of winning that were dashed after a 13-12 lost to Colquitt County. Colquitt County has played arguably the toughest schedule out of the 412 football-playing school in the deep state of Georgia and caught some L’s along the way but few outside of Molutrie gave them a shot against the explosive Camden squad.
Camden took a 6-0 lead on a Brice Ramsey to Conner Lockhart touchdown pass, the extra point was no good sailing wide right with 2:28 remaining in the first half. For most of the game it was punts and turnovers by each team to go with outstanding defensive play. Each team finished with 3 turnovers apiece but Ramsey’s fumble in the red zone in the third quarter may have been the biggest of them all. Colquitt missed to field goals in the game as well.
Something had to give in the middle of the fourth quarter and it did when Colquitt quarterback Cole Seagraves-the star of last season’s quarterfinal win over Camden at Camden, broke free and raced 70 yards for a touchdown on third down and two to give the Packers a 7-6 lead. Camden would not blink as Chris Williams raced 69 yards for a touchdown on the next Camden offensive play to give the wildcats a 12-7 lead with 5:32 left int he game.
Colquitt would show they were up to the task going 14 plays 80 yards to take the lead 13-12 on a 2-yard touchdown run by John Boatwright with 1:03 left. Camden was called for pass interference that kept the drive alive.
The lethal Wing-T offense that Camden runs would have to resort to the pass, something they are a little more comfortable doing this season with Georgia commit Brice Ramsey than in previous years. Facing third down and sixteen Ramsey would appear to hit Kalaverez Bessent for an 18-yard gain to the Colquitt 20 yard line yet the pass was ruled incomplete bringing up fourth down on the Colquitt 38. Camden’s offense stayed on the field for the moment before racing the field goal unit on to let Grant Gabriel try a 55-yarder from the left hash, the kick had enough leg but was ruled no goal wide left and sent the Colquitt team and their faithful fans screaming for joy.
The loss does nothing to halt the state championship hopes of the Camden County Wildcats. Colquitt County (7-3) will travel to face McEachern (8-2) in the first round of the state playoffs while Camden County (9-1) will host Hillgrove (6-4). Hillgrove defeated Camden County at Camden County in the second round of the state 2010 state playoffs 28-26.