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November 7, 2012

Camden County defense will be tough to solve

MOULTRIE —  Colquitt County coach Rush Propst says that with two potential Parade All-Americans in quarterback Brice Ramsey and running back/receiver/cornerback J.J. Green, the Camden County offense is certainly capable of putting up big numbers and making Friday’s game at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium a long and miserable one for the Packers.

But Camden’s defense is equally capable of getting into a shutdown mode and has three key players the Packers will have to account for on Friday.

The Wildcats are 9-0 and are ranked No. 1 in the state by The Associated Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily, Georgia Public Broadcasting , MaxPreps and the Maxwell Ratings. MaxPreps ranks Camden County No. 3 in its Xcellent 25.

And if there was any doubt about their superiority this season, last Friday’s 24-7 victory over Lowndes erased them.

The Vikings were 9-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAAA when they played host to Camden at Martin Stadium.

Lowndes took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards to a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.

The Vikings had just 41 yards of offense the rest of the night.

“Any team that can hold Lowndes to 121 yards is pretty good,” Propst said.

“They are very, very good. As good as advertised.”

Camden County’s success in previous years has often been downplayed because it played in the weak Region 3-AAAAA.

But in its first year in Region 1-AAAAAA, the Wildcats have given up just 52 points all season, including just 33 to its five region opponents: six to Valdosta, 12 to Coffee, none to Tift County, eight to Brunswick and seven to Lowndes.

And the keys to the Wildcats defense are the middle linebacker and their two cornerbacks, Prospt said.

Colquitt County saw Green’s skill up close and personal last year when the Packers eliminated the Wildcats with a stirring 32-31 state quarterfinal victory in Kingsland.

He is good enough to be entertaining an offer to play his college football at Georgia.

But junior Kalvarez Bessent, Camden’s other corner, is equally proficient. Each has three interceptions this season.

“He’s as good as J.J.,” Propst said. “He’s athletic, he’s fast. He takes chances and he’s a ball-hawker.

“If you put the ball in the air toward them, you’re asking for trouble.”

And when Camden’s opposition tries to rush the football, it has to deal with middle linebacker Jarrad Davis.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior, who also lines up at tight end on offense, leads the Wildcats with 81 tackles. He has committed to Auburn.

Camden runs a 33 stack defense, one that has given the Packers problems. And testing Green, Bessent and Davis could compound the difficulty.

“The mike linebacker and the two cornerbacks … we’ve got to eliminate those kids,” Propst said.  “If you attack them, you’ll be in trouble.”

Still, the Packers had some offensive success last year when they traveled to Kingsland.

As they are this year, the Wildcats were undefeated when they met the twice-beaten Packers last November.

But the Packers rolled up 329 yards – including 238 through the air – and scored three offensive touchdowns. Packers quarterback Cole Segraves completed 17-of-24 passes for 238 yards and did not throw an interception.

Bobby Hill caught eight passes for 75 yards and a big touchdown with 33 seconds left. Ty Smith had three receptions for 103 yards and the game-winning 2-point conversion pass from Segraves. And John Gray returned a fumble 55 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown that temporarily tied the game.

“Cole executed our plan,” Propst said of last year’s stunning upset. “And we got big plays from a bunch of people.

“We shot all our bullets last year.”

But then Propst back-tracked just a bit.

“Well, there are a few things we haven’t shown ‘em,” he said.

A number of players who helped engineer that 2011 upset are back for the Packers, including Segraves, Hill and Gray.

Segraves got the start in place of sore-shouldered Daniel Mobley in last Friday’s 27-9 victory over Coffee and completed 14-of-17 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

The senior quarterback now has completed 88-of-157 passes for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Mobley had an MRI on his shoulder on Tuesday and should be available to play on Friday.

He has completed 62-of-94 passes for 933 yards and nine touchdowns this season. In his last appearance, he completed 7-of-9 passes for 134 yards in the Packers fourth-quarter rally against Valdosta that came up just short in a 38-36 defeat.

Hill, who has committed to Ole Miss, caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown against the Trojans and now has a team-leading 52 pass receptions for 804 yards and five scores.

The Packers are expected to start senior Dalton Dillon at center and Travis Register and Jeffery Davis at the guards. Cade Blackburn also will play at guard.

The Florida-committed Octavius Jackson will be at left tackle and junior Gabe Mobley will be at right tackle.

Hill, Todd Boyd and Kishaun Taylor are expected to start at the receiver positions with Sihiem King and Javonta Woods in the backfield.

John Boatwright, who leads the Packers in rushing with 398 yards on 95 carries and nine touchdowns will get some carries, as will second-leading rusher Maleek Lewis, who has 316 yards on 57 attempts.

Woods, a sophomore, is the Packers second-leading receiver with 28 catches for 443 yards and five touchdowns. Boyd has 25 catches for 415 yards and three scores.

Freshman receiver Kiel Pollard has begun to make his presence felt over the last four games and has eight catches for 156 yards and two scores. He also recovered a Packers fumble in the end zone for Colquitt’s first score against Coffee last Friday.

Will Bannister, who is 27-for-28, will handle the extra points. Roberto Vega, who is 6-for-8 in field goal attempts, including 42- and 34-yarders last week against Coffee, will continue is that role.

Britt Jones will be the snapper and Tyler Yost the holder.

Yost also will be the punter. He is averaging 38.5 yards a kick this season.

Also on Friday, Valdosta will go to Coffee and Tift will travel to Brunswick.

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