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January 25, 2013

Rifle team struggles, but wins second in a row

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High rifle team’s score from its second match of the season was down considerably from the one it posted in its opener, but the Packers coach said he expects the team bounce back and become a state finals contender.

The Packers opened with a 1,120-1,110 victory over Worth County on Jan. 17.

Colquitt won its second match on Thursday at the high school, defeating Fitzgerald 1,105-874.

The 15-point drop was of some concern, said Gunnery Sgt. Emmett Bryant, the team’s coach.

But he still believes this team team is capable of better performances.

“We went down some,” Bryant said. “I just don’t think they realize how good they can be. We should be up around 1,140.

“We need to pick it up.”

Despite the drop off, the Packers received encouraging counting scores from two first-year shooters.

Katelyn Wilcott had 91 in both the prone and standing positions and a 92 in the kneeling for a 274, one point higher than the score she shot in the opener.

And Elyssa Hullett had an 89 in the prone, a 91 in the standing and a 92 in kneeling for a 272.

Hullett shot an opening-match score of 254.

“Our two rookies did a good job,” Bryant said.

The Packers got another fine round from Kiarron Hendry, who shot a 286 for the second straight match.

He turned in a 99 in the prone position, a 94 in the standing and a 93 in the kneeling, all match-high scores.

Eugene Anderson III had a 273 for the Packers’ other counting score.

Cameron Johnson, who posted a counting score of 279 in the opener, dropped to 269.

“We need some of our other shooters to step up,” Bryant said.

Much of the dropoff in the second match came in the prone position.

The Packers turned in a credible 385 against Worth County, but dropped considerably to 370 on Thursday.

“We’ve got to do a better job in prone,” Bryant said. “We are going to work on that.”

Colquitt was able to use 14 shooters on Thursday and several of the younger shooters showed promise, Bryant said.

Kellen Kern shot a 254; Jacob Greene had a 253; Delilah Wood a 249; Logan Johnson, a 247; and Matt Long, a 244.

Colquitt County will travel to Turner County on Tuesday for its third match of the season.

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