Colquitt County’s schedule has been said to be one of the toughest in the state and maybe the nation because it’s stacked and loaded. Outside of the Georgia Region 1-6A slate the non-region slate is just as tough. The Packers took down the first foe, a rarity in recent year despite deep playoff runs, in defeating Grayson 21-6 on Saturday.
The Packers wasted little time in getting out of the gates quickly as Michael Sutton intercepted Hunter Schuessler in the opening moments returning it 28 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Packers lead 35 seconds into the game. Turnovers would be the theme for Grayson who turned the ball over four times in the game.
“The pick six was huge, it was the play of the game to me,” Colquitt head coach Rush Propst said.
After a Grayson drive ended with a missed field goal, Colquitt drove it 80 yards scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Mobley to Kiel Pollard capping the 9-play drive and Colquitt County lead 14-0 with 46 seconds left in the first quarter. The teams exchanged punts for most of the second quarter and Colquitt County led 14-0 at the half.
Michael Sutton, who Norcross picked on often in their scrimmage earlier this month, came up with another interception in the third quarter and returned it 17 yards to the Grayson 39. The Pack would cash it in going the rest of the way in 7 plays with Sihiem King scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run giving Colquitt County a commanding 21-0 lead with 6:05 remaining. King led Colquitt County on the ground rushing 23 times for 117 yards and the touchdown.
An inexperienced Grayson team continued to battle using a rushing game led by senior Aares McCall and sophomore Cameryn Brent to put together their most productive drive of the day going 83 yards in 8 plays for their lone touchdown on a AJ Stinson 7-yard touchdown run to pull within 21-6 after a failed extra-point. Brent had the big play on the drive racing 41 yards setting up Stinson’s touchdown. McCall led the Grayson ground attack with 91 yards on 17 carries while Brent finished with 89 yards on 17 carries of the Rams 202 yards on the ground.
Colquitt County used a fierce defensive line to give Grayson fits most of the day. Jamiyus Pittman, Mike Parrish, Quinton Hampton and Alex Williams combined for 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks, reserve Rickey Dunbar had a half-sack also.
“Our coach right here (pointing to defensive line coach Shelton Felton) keeps us together at all times and we spend a lot of quality time together and we all are basically like brothers,” lineman Jamiyus Pittman said. On the win Pittman said, “It’s a big boost for us, they took one from us (referencing the 2011 semifinal lost at Grayson 35-31 in the final moments) and it’s going to help us a lot.”
“They [the defensive line] have chance to be one of the best in the state. I think you win football games with defensive linemen and we got four of the best ones I’ve ever seen put on the field collectively across the front,” head coach Rush Propst said.
The Packers offensive struggled at times putting up only 261 yards of total offense. Daniel Mobley was 14-27 173 yards 1TD 2INT conducting an offense with only 3 returning starters so the defense will be called upon to carry the Packers in the meantime.
“We are going to have to win with our defense, offensively we just not there yet, it’s going to take some time,” Propst said.
The road doesn’t get any easier for Colquitt County as they travel to national powerhouse and former coaching spot of Propst, Hoover (AL), before coming home to host Lovejoy and Carver-Columbus before starting region play.
“It’s gonna be tough, they [Hoover] have one of the best programs in the country and then we have Lovejoy so ain’t no easy for us now,” Propst concluded.