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December 3, 2012

Colquitt, Norcross alive in historic seasons

MOULTRIE — – Colquitt County and Norcross will attempt to keep historic seasons alive when they face off at 8 p.m. Friday at Blue Devils Stadium in Norcross in one of two Class AAAAAA state semifinal games.

The Packers, traveling for the fourth straight week, will put their remarkable playoffs records on the line against the unbeaten Blue Devils.

Colquitt, 10-3, is the lone remaining No. 4 seed in any classification. That seeding has required the Packers to play its first three games of the season on the road.

That is neither new nor a problem for the Packers, who nearly always play well in November and December when they don their white jerseys.

While compiling a 13-3 record in the playoffs the last four seasons, the Packers are 11-2 in road games.

And with the 31-15 victory over Parkview in Lilburn last Friday, the Colquitt has reached the state semifinals for the fourth straight year.

According to the Georgia High School Football Daily, the last time that was accomplished in the state’s largest classification was from 1968-1971. Valdosta was the school that pulled it off.

And although Colquitt County has reached the semifinals each of the last three seasons, it is still seeking its first state championship since 1994.

While the Packers are trying to find a way to slow down the Norcross offense on Friday, Lovejoy will be playing host to North Cobb in the other semifinal. North Cobb had not won a playoff game since 1979 before eliminating Valdosta, Langston Hughes and Mill Creek this year.

The Warriors are now in the semifinals for the first time since 1959. Lovejoy, the 2011 Class AAAA runner-up, is the first Clayton County school to reach the semifinals in the highest classification since Forest Park in 1995.

The Wildcats will try to become the first Clayton County team to win the championship in the highest classification since Morrow did it in 1987.

Lovejoy’s only loss this season came to Colquitt County back on Sept. 7. Since falling 14-7 to the Packers, the Wildcats have won 11 in a row, averaging 45.2 points a game.

Colquitt also has faced Norcross this season, meeting the Blue Devils in the preseason scrimmage in Moultrie on Aug. 17. In the three-quarters scrimmage, Norcross scored on the final play to take a 33-31 victory.

And the Blue Devils have not lost since, making them the lone undefeated team remaining in Class AAAAAA.

In athletics, Norcross is perhaps better known for its boys basketball teams, which have won state championships in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

In fact, this is the first time the Blue Devils have reached the state semifinals.

And while perhaps not as explosive as Lovejoy, the Blue Devils have plenty of offensive weapons are averaging 38.2 points a game.

Alvin Kamara, who many believe is the best running back in the state, has carried 244 times for 1,959 yards and 24 touchdowns. He had 221 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters in the scrimmage against the Packers.

Quarterback Joseph Wilber has completed 130-of-192 passes for 2,131 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has been intercepted just five times.

Wilber’s top target is junior Miles Autry, who has 43 catches for 611 yards and nine touchdowns.

Clinton Lynch is averaging 22.2 yards on his 33 catches and has scored five touchdowns.

Trey Smith has 25 catches for 494 yards.





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