TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – According to reports from the Tallahassee Democrat, Colquitt County High had a major impact in the 7 on 7 “Border Wars” Camp held at the football facilities of Florida State University Saturday.
Saturday’s championship game featured perhaps the oldest rivalry in Georgia with the Colquitt County Packers taking on the Valdosta Wildcats. The annual showdown between these two clubs is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Wright-Bazemore Stadium in Valdosta.
In the 7-on-7, the Packers prevailed with a 28-13 win. This came four days after Colquitt County took first place in the 7-on-7 hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens.
“It was a great camp. The coaches here at Florida State did a phenomenal job of managing the camp,” Packers head coach Justin Rogers said to the Democrat. “I’m proud of our boys in how they competed. South Georgia is just special. I didn’t make a single catch or throw today. They did all that.”
“We just came here to 7 on 7 today to improve better as a team. We got a couple of wins and started rolling,” said quarterback Jaycee Harden said to the Democrat. “We got a big-time tight end in Carter Boatwright, Lemeke Brockington, outside receiver, Tyler Walker, slot receiver and Tajh Sanders, who is another burner.
“Playing Valdosta in the championship made the competition so much better. We play each other in the regular season. They wanted to beat us just as bad as we wanted to beat them. I couldn’t imagine a championship any other way.”
On Friday, Colquitt County takes part in the Corky Kell 7-on-7 in Roswell. There, part of the Packer pod includes Grayson High and Buford High.
But there was more to the Florida State camp.
The Democrat reports an estimated 300 kids representing high schools throughout Florida and Georgia. The Democrat reports that Florida State’s offensive and defensive line coaches patrolled the activities of the Big Man Camp, which began Friday afternoon inside the training facility.
“The competition was real. I got to go against offensive linemen and defensive linemen from other schools,” said Colquitt County High School junior Gamal Wallace, who was named top defensive underclassman according to the Democrat. "I learned more about speed and agility. Some of the stuff we do at our school, but there was more here. That’s going to make me better. I thank God because I couldn’t do it without him.”