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November 9, 2012

Packers stun Camden County 13-12

MOULTRIE — For the second year in a row, Cole Segraves and his Colquitt County teammates spoiled a Camden County perfect season, knocking off the top-ranked Wildcats 13-12 on Friday at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

Segraves, who threw a touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass with 33 seconds left to give the Packers a 32-31 victory last year in Kingsland to eliminate the Wildcats from playoffs, was at it again on Friday.

His improbable 70-yard touchdown run and Will Bannister’s conversion gave the Packers a 7-6 lead with 5:48 left in the game.

That was the first fourth-quarter deficit the Wildcats had experienced this season and it didn’t last long. On the first play after the kickoff, Chris Williams bolted 68 yards for a touchdown put the Camden back in front 12-7 with 5:32 left in the game.

The Wildcats went for a 2-point conversion to increase their lead to seven points, by quarterback Brice Ramsey’s pass was incomplete.

And the incompletion loomed large five minutes later as Segraves directed a late drive reminiscent of the one that beat the Wildcats last year.

After Ramsey’s kickoff went into the end zone, the Packers drove 80 yards on 15 plays against a team ranked No. 2 in the nation by one poll.

Segraves was 5-for-8 on the drive, including a key 15-yarder to Bobby Hill for a first down at the Packers 48 on a third-and-8.

He also carried the football four times for 19 yards, including an 11-yard run to the Wildcats 4.

John Boatwright scored the go-ahead touchdown two plays later on a 3-yard run withe 1:03 left.

Camden County then reached the Colquitt 38, but the Packers stiffened and forced a 55-yard field goal attempt by Grant Gabriel, that was wide with eight seconds left.

And the Packers celebrated at the Wildcats expense for the second time in less than a year.

Camden falls to 9-1, but still goes to the playoffs as the No. 1 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA after winning the league title by defeating Lowndes 24-7 last Friday.

The victory assures the Packers of a fourth-straight berth in the playoffs.

Colquitt will open the postseason as the No. 4 seed from Region and will travel to meet Region 4-AAAAAA champion McEachern in Powder Springs next Friday.

Valdosta, with its 44-8 victory over Coffee in Douglas on Friday, will be the No. 3 team from Region 1 and will travel to play North Cobb.

Coffee failed to make the playoffs, as did Brunswick and Tift County.

Brunswick defeated the Blue Devils 50-37 to finish 1-5 in the region.

Tift County finishes 0-6.

And while the Packers two late, long scoring drives provided the winning points, it was the strong work of the defense that kept the high-scoring Wildcats at bay.

Camden had 306 yards of total offense, but 68 of that came on the Williams touchdown run.

Colquitt also had three third-quarter opportunities to put Camden on the ropes, but could not convert.

Camden fumbled the ball away on its first play of the third quarter, but the Packers had to punt four plays later.

Colquitt held on downs the next time Camden had the ball and drove to the Wildcats 9-yard line, only to fumble the ball away.

Ramsey fumbled with 6:06 left in the third quarter and Johnny Ward fell on it, but after reaching the Camden 28, a 46-yard field goal by Roberto Vega was wide left.

The Packers faced a third-and-2 on their own 30 when Segraves ran up the middle and appeared to be stopped.

But he somehow broke loose and then surprised nearly everyone in the stadium by outrunning the Camden County secondary 70 yards to the end zone.

Segraves ran the ball 18 times for 144 yards and also completed 20-of-34 passes for another 160 yards in the game.

Hill caught eight passes for 52 yards

The Packers held fast in the first half, allowing the Wildcats 132 yards but just one touchdown.

And that score came at the end of an 80-yard nine-play drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey to Conner Lockhart.

The extra point was wide right and the Wildcats led 6-0 at the half.

That miss, too, had consequences for the Wildcats.

The drive came after Vega missed a 46-yard field goal attempt.

The Wildcats has a chance to pad their lead when linebacker Jarrad Davis picked up a Maleek Lewis fumble and ran it to the Packers 28  with 10 seconds remaining in the half.

But Antonio Wimbush fumbled on the next play and Jamiyus Pittman recovered with 5.4 seconds left.

Neither team was able to muster much offense in the first quarter, when the Wildcats tallied 48 yards and the Packers put up 45.

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