This is the third in a series highlighting Colquitt County’s 15-0 state champi- onship season in 1994.
MOULTRIE – After opening the season with victories over Thomas County Central and Thomasville, the Packers got their first shutout of the season, blanking Dougherty 31-0 at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
The complete domination of the Trojans, who managed just 96 total yards and six first downs, vaulted the Packers to No. 1 in the Class AAAA rankings.
It was the first regular-season loss for the Trojans since 1992, but the game was essentially settled by halftime.
The Packers played without starting linebackers Frank Walker and David Hunt, but their absence was hardly missed.
Junior Torres Carr and sophomore linebacker Jerome McIntyre filled in capably and McIntrye led the team with five solo and two assisted tackles.
The Colquitt defense set the tone as Dougherty’s first two possessions were three plays and a punt, the third was one play and a fumble and the fourth was a fumbled kickoff.
The Packers got their first touchdown in the first quarter on a 16-yard pass from Clif Henry to Lavasky King to cap an 11-play, 91-yard drive.
Neal Clements added the first of his four extra point kicks.
The Packers next touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery made by defensive end Jerry Jones.
It was his third of the year.
The scoring drive started with a 19-yard completion from Matt Parker to Todd Hall and ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by King.
After Thomas Hardy recovered a fumble on the kickoff following King’s score, the Packers needed just five plays to score on a 3-yard run by Sam Collins and led 21-0 at the half.
Tim Sanders scored the final Packers touchdown on a 34-yard run in the third quarter.
On Colquitt’s next possession, Ashley Hill connected on a 23-yard field goal.
Colquitt rushed for 209 yards with Sanders leading the way with 61 on six carries.
King added 50 on 13 carries and Collins had 28 on six totes.
The Trojans were determined to shut down leading receiver Ronald Bonner, who had just one catch for eight yards.
Carlos “Butterbean” Johnson snagged four for 54 yards and Hall and King each had three pass receptions.
Henry and Matt Parker combined to complete 12-of-16 passes for 132 yards.
Colquitt 30, Josey 6
Carlos “Butterbean” Johnson scored one touchdown on a reverse and caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Henry in the second quarter to give the Packers a 16-0 halftime lead on the way to a 30-6 victory over Josey.
Bonner was clearly the primary target of Henry and he caught six passes for 85 yards.
Two other passes headed in his direction were picked off by the Eagles, who were visiting from Augusta.
But Johnson was a big part of the Packers offense, gaining 64 yards on three reverses.
Josey marched to the Packers 20 with its first possession, but Bonner picked off a pass at the goal line.
On Colquitt’s second possession, the Packers converted a fourth-and-one on their way to their first touchdown, which came from 22 yards out on a Johnson reverse.
Moments later, Colquitt added a safety when Thomas Hardy and Jerome Walker tackled Josey punter Thad Harris in the end zone.
Later in the quarter, the Packers were intercepted by Josey’s Deon Grant, who went on to play at Tennessee before embarking on a 12-year NFL career.
Colquitt extended its halftime lead to 16-0 when Henry connected with Johnson on a 17-yard scoring pass.
In the third quarter, Johnson’s 36-yard run on a reverse set up the Packers next touchdown, a 12-yard pass from Henry to King.
Collins closed out the Packers scoring when he fought his way into the end zone with 7:51 left in the game.
Rod Holliman scored Josey’s only touchdown on a 4-yard run with four minutes left in the game.
It was just the third touchdown scored against the Packers.
The others came on a 73-yard run by Thomas County Central’s Johnny Cooksey and on a 58-yard Thomasville scoring pass.
Holliman’s touchdown also ended an eight-quarter shutout streak.
Colquitt posted season-highs in first downs, with 21, and rushing yards, with 221.
Henry and Parker combined to complete 11-of-20 passes for 129 yards. Each threw an interception.
The Packers defense held the Eagles to 87 yards on 33 rushes and just 70 yards on five pass completions.
Next Wednesday, Bonner gets into the game in the second half and catches the winning touchdown pass and the Packers get a shutout in Waycross.