Moultrie Observer

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December 10, 2009

State championship games begin today

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County and Lowndes football teams will watch Saturday night’s Class AAAAA state championship games wondering what might have been.

The Packers reached the semifinals before being eliminated. Lowndes fell in the second round.

But if there is some consolation for the two teams, it is that four of their five combined losses came against Northside-Warner Robins and Camden County, the teams that will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Georgia Dome for the state championship.

Lowndes finished 10-2, falling to Northside 10-7 on Oct. 2 and to Camden County by the same score on Nov. 20.

The Packers lost to Northside 20-17 in the regular-season finale and to Camden last Friday in the semifinals 19-10.

Colquitt County’s other loss was to Lowndes 31-6 on Sept. 18.

The Packers had late opportunities to knock off both Northside and Camden County, only to come up short.

Against Northside, Colquitt trailed 20-3 in the third quarter before a pair of short Quin Roberson touchdown runs pulled the Packers to within three.

The Packers drove to a first down at the Eagles 35 late in the game, but turned the ball over with 1:40 left.

That was the game in which officials took a down away from the Packers, giving ball to Northside at the Eagles 20 in the second quarter after Colquitt had run just three plays.

Last Friday in Kingsland, after winning three straight road playoff games over Westlake, Stephenson and Lassiter, the Packers trailed by just two with four minutes remaining when Wildcats fullback Aundre Johnson broke a 76-yard touchdown run to put the game away.

Saturday’s championship game will pit two of the state’s most successful coaches against each other.

Conrad Nix has led Northside to at least 10 victories in each of the last 12 seasons and the Eagles will be playing in their fourth championship game in the last five years on Saturday.

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