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July 22, 2011

Colquitt A finishes fifth in 7-on-7

MOULTRIE —  Colquitt County A was undefeated when it went into the tournament portion of its Southwestern Select 7-on-7 on Friday at Packer Park, but after winning its opener dropped two straight games and finished fifth.

North Florida Christian, under head coach Robert Craft and offensive coordinator Chris Merritt, both former Packers, won the tournament, defeating Valdosta 34-8 in the championship game.

The Packers defeated Matanzas High of North Palm Coast, Fla., in their double-elimination opener on Friday, but fell to Valdosta 20-19 and to Episcopal High of Jacksonville, Fla., 27-24 and were eliminated.

“I thought we competed well,” said Packers coach Rush Propst. “We just didn’t make plays. We were in position to make some plays, we just didn’t make them.

“We dropped passes and we gave up some completions on passes we should have batted down. But I’m happy with the progress we’re making.”

Offensively, the Packers had just one 2010 starter in its 7-on-7 lineup, tight end Ty Smith.

Quarterback Cole Segraves, the receivers and running backs are still learning.

“Cole is still trying to get a feel for our offense,” Propst said of the rising junior, who played at White County last year. “And we still don’t know who our outside receivers are going to be.

“We thought we’d know after this, but we don’t. We’ve got to find a Tommy Hudson.”

Propst did say rising junior receiver Kishaun Taylor came up with some big plays in the two-day event, “but we got inconsistent play from our outside receivers.”

Returning starting Stacey Blackwell earned high marks from the Packers head coach, as did Johnny Ward, but Colquitt was without Anthony Brumbley, the likely starter at the other corner. Brumbley was unable to play, but will be back in the lineup when the Packers begin practice on Aug. 1.

“I’m still concerned about our safety play and we still need one more linebacker,” Propst said. Linebackers John Gray and Quan Nelson are the likely starters when the Packers open on Aug. 19 at home against Cook.

In the Friday game against Episcopal, the Packers threw an interception on the first snap and fell quickly behind 3-0.

Episcopal scored a touchdown on its first possession to go up 10-0, but a Segraves touchdown pass with 16:12 remaining brought the Packers to within four.

After the Eagles scored on their next possession to go up 17-6, Colquitt struck quickly on its next possession, getting a 40-yard touchdown pass from Segraves to a streaking Taylor in the end zone and Colquitt trailed by 5 with 9:54 remaining.

When the Packers defense stopped Episcopal on its next possession, Colquitt had pulled to within three points and when a long pass from Segraves to Bobby Hill set up a short touchdown pass, Colquitt led 20-17 with 4:24 left.

But Episcopal countered with a first-play touchdown pass of its own to go up 23-20. The Eagles then held the Packers off in the final three minutes.

North Florida Christian, which was 3-3 after Thursday’s pool play, won five straight games on Friday to win the championship.

The Eagles defeated Houston County, Episcopal, Brunswick and Valdosta twice. One of the Eagles wins on Thursday also was over the Wildcats.

Brunswick, which also was undefeated after Thursday’s play, finished third. Episcopal was fourth; Colquitt A fifth and Ware County sixth.

The Colquitt County B team was 2-4 on Thursday and won its opener on Friday, sending Laney High to the losers bracket.

But the B-team then fell to Brunswick and defeated Taylor County (Fla.) in its first losers bracket game.

Before eliminating Colquitt County A, Episcopal also ousted the B-team.

PACKERS NOTES: The Packers will not practice next week, but will hit the field for the first day of Georgia High School Association mandated full practice at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. The Packers will hold Picture Day at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The team tried to hold Picture Day on July 14, but weather scuttled that attempt.

Colquitt will hold a full scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.The following Friday, Aug. 12, the Packers will travel to face Dacula in a 7:30 p.m. scrimmage.

The season-opener will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, against Cook.

Homecoming will be on Sept. 9, when the Packers play host to Westlake.


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