MOULTRIE – The Colquitt County ninth-grade football team appeared not at all intimidated when it played host to Dougherty High’s junior varsity on Thursday at the high school.
Behind the running of Charlie Pace, the freshmen Packers raised their record to 3-1 with a 28-6 victory in a game in which they never trailed.
After a scoreless first quarter, the game got interesting early in the second when the two teams combined to score three touchdowns in a span of 30 seconds.
The Packers got the first one on a 1-yard run by Pace that capped a 40-yard drive that began with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
Rene Miranda converted the extra point and the Packers led 7-0 with 9:19 left in the half.
Dougherty countered quickly by returning the next kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
The Trojans tried to run for a 2-point conversion but the play was stuffed and with 9:02 left, Colquitt led 7-6.
Not to let his team be outdone, Pace returned the Dougherty kickoff 88 yards for the third touchdown in half a minute and when Miranda converted, the Packers lead was 14-6.
Exactly three minutes later, the Packers extended their lead on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Imarius Bussie to Quay McCoy.
Miranda converted again and the Packers led 21-6.
Colquitt got its fourth touchdown of the game with 3:09 left in the third quarter when Bussie burrowed in from a yard out.
Miranda’s fourth extra point of the game put the Packers up 28-6.
Pace played only in the second and third quarters and gained 63 yards on eight carries and a touchdown and also added the kickoff return for a score.
Jimmy Johnson carried 12 times for 65 yards and Daveon Hunt added 29 on five carries.
The Packers rolled up 157 yards on the ground behind an offensive line that used Keshaun Palmore, Coles Holmes, Blayne Ross, Romel Guerra, Jarvis Thornton, Jonathan Vaughn, Jacolby Edwards, Dylan Holweger and Matthew Hinson to clear the way.
Bussie completed 8-of-19 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers defense forced the Trojans to punt six times and turn the ball over on downs once.
Colquitt also got a fourth-quarter pass interception by Gabe Freeman.
The ninth-graders will travel to Tift County next Thursday.