MOULTRIE – The Colquitt County sixth-grade football broke open a close game with 24 unanswered second-half points and defeated Lowndes 36-6 on Wednesday on the Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
The sixth-graders, who dropped an 18-12 decision at Pine Grove last week, are now 2-1-1.
Lowndes got its only score of the game on a 65-yard touchdown pass with four seconds left in the first half that pulled the Vikings to within six at 12-6.
But in the final two quarters, Ty’Javean Lamar scored on runs of 4 and 43 yards and Ret Turner added his second touchdown pass to A’zhiyen Aldridge to put the Vikings away.
The Packers wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard.
Two plays after Samarrion Reynolds returned the opening kickoff 40 yards to the Lowndes 25, Rysheed Fuller bolted up the middle for a touchdown to give the Packers a 6-0 lead just 28 seconds into the contest.
Colquitt added to its lead when Turner connected with Aldridge on a 42-yard scoring pass with 23 seconds left in the first half.
When the second-straight run attempt for a 2-point conversion failed, Colquitt led 12-0.
But Lowndes halved that lead on the first play following the kickoff on the 65-yard touchdown pass.
The Packers refused to let Lowndes make a game of it after the break, scoring on three of their four second-half possessions.
Lamar finished off a 60-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left in the third quarter. Reynolds added the 2-point conversion run to extend the Packers lead to 20-6.
Lamar helped set up his touchdown run with a 23-yard burst to the Vikings 4.
After the Colquitt defense forced a three-and-out, the Packers drove from the Lowndes 41 to the 15.
Turner capped the drive with a fourth-and-9 throw to the end zone that Aldridge picked out of the air for his second touchdown.
Caden Grier ran in the 2-point conversion that put the Packers up 28-6 with 6:53 remaining.
Colquitt fumbled away its next possession, but got the ball back with 55 seconds left in the game and added Lamar’s 43-yard touchdown run with just 8 seconds remaining.
Byrece Huckaby added the 2-point conversion run.
Lamar carried five times for 110 yards and two touchdowns, all in the second half.
The sixth-graders will travel to Douglas next Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game against Coffee Middle School.