'Baby Lu' performing well

Luis Martinez extended his streak of successful extra points this season to 53 in the Packers 28-24 victory over Camden County on Friday.

MOULTRIE — Yes, Colquitt County had trailed in a game before rallying from three deficits to defeat Camden County 28-24 on Friday at the stadium.

But it was way back on September 12 when Enterprise kicked a field goal early and led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Packers had pretty much had their way with everyone since then.

Colquitt again proved its resilience by scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 7:49 left, forcing Camden to punt with 4:42 left, then getting two key first downs on Sihiem King runs to put the game away.

It is still a puzzle to many how Camden County, the two-time defending region champion, lost its last five games in a row and did not make the playoffs.

“Our players said Camden was the best team they played all season except Hoover,” Packers coach Rush Propst said. “It’s just unbelieveable.”

Propst said that the close game could serve as a wake-up call for his team.

“We’re glad the game was close,” he said. “We got exposed a little bit.

“But we jelled and played well. In the long run, it should help us.”

Propst said the Packers came out of the game with no new injuries.

The Packers now must get ready for Rockdale County, the No. 4 team from Region 2, which will visit the stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Bulldogs are 5-5 under coach Venson Elder. They dropped their final game of the season on Friday to Newton when the Rams drove 95 yards in 12 plays to score the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds left.

“They lost a heart-breaker,” Propst said of Rockdale County, which is located in Conyers. “But they are scrappy.

“I hope we can jump on them and do what we need to do.”

If the Packers can get by Rockdale County, they will return home on Nov. 21 to play the winner of the game between Peachtree Ridge and once-beaten Dacula.

Although he did not play against Camden County while recovering from a broken nose, senior defensive lineman T.J. Smith received a personalized scholarship offer last week when Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema visited a Colquitt County practice.

Smith already has committed to Vanderbilt.

Arkansas also has some interest in linebacker Bull Barge, Propst said.

 

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