MOULTRIE -- Just two days after being involved in an on-field brawl that resulted in the suspension of three of its players, the Colquitt County boys soccer team regrouped on Saturday to take a 9-1 victory over Central High of Macon at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
And Colquitt County's girls started a sweep of the visitors by ending a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Lady Chargers.
The Packers trailed 1-0 five minutes into the game, but then reeled off six goals before halftime and added three more in the second half.
Moises Moreno and Randhal Tovilla each had a hat trick, scoring three goals apiece.
Justin Harrison, still sore from being involved in the Thursday mayhem in the game against Tift County, scored two, and freshman Matthew DeMott added the other.
DeMott and Harrison scored the goals in the Packers 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils.
"I was proud of our guys for coming out and playing as hard as they did after everything that happened the other night," Packers coach Jeff Morris said.
"I think it's a testament to our small roster. The young kids were ready to step in and play. Our young guys are not just riding the bus. They are playing."
Moreno tied the game at 1-1 in the 15th minute and three minutes later the Packers had the lead on Tovilla's first goal.
Three minutes later, Moreno scored again to put Colquitt up 3-1.
Tovilla added his second goal in he 27th minute with Jonathan Harvin getting the assist.
Harrison made it 5-1 with a goal in the 32nd minute.
DeMott scored his second varsity goal two minutes later, with Harvin getting his second assist, and the Packers led 6-1 at the half.
Seven minutes into the second half, Moreno has his hat trick, with Tovilla assisting.
Harrison scored his second goal in the 50th minute and Tovilla got his third in the 72nd minute.
"I was pleased," said Morris, whose team is now 5-0. "Nobody expected this. Everybody played hard. It was a good bounce-back."
Colquitt's girls also got a bracing victory after dropping successive region games to Lee County and Tift County by 5-1 scores.
After a scoreless first half, the Lady Packers got the only goal they would need when Whitney Hood scored on a breakaway with 27:39 left in the game. Sara Fleetwood got the assist.
"I was proud of the way we came out and played the entire match," Lady Packers coach Jimbo Jarvis said. "They gave it all they had and it made a difference.
"I'm glad we got that under our belts. It feels good."
Perhaps just as big as Hood's goal was a leaping, deflecting save on a Central shot by goalkeeper Nikki Kistler with 26:28 left in the game.
"That was as pretty a save as I've ever seen in a girls game," Jarvis said. "That has to be a huge confidence-builder for her."
The Lady Packers are now 2-3 as they prepare for next Thursday's 6 p.m. meeting with Valdosta on the road.
Colquitt's girls also will play a non-region game against Westover at 4 p.m. Friday at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
Colquitt's boys will try to remain undefeated when they meet the Wildcats on Thursday.
The Packers also will play a non-region game on Friday, meeting LaGrange at 8:30 p.m. at the stadium.
This Week's Circulars
Elaine Waid Jones, 89, of Moultrie, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
David Wayne McMillan, 70, of Adel, died Friday, September 17, 2021, at Southwell Health and Rehab in Adel. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
Rebecca Marie Jimenez Rychener, 72, of Moultrie, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Tifton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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