MOULTRIE -- If Colquitt County High football coach Mike Singletary has any misgivings about taking his 6-4 Packers to Kingsland on Friday to meet Camden County, the defending Class AAAAA state champions and the No. 1 team in the state this year, he did not betray them on Monday.
"We're excited about the opportunity to get to play," Singletary said Monday. "There are 71 schools in 5A and only 32 of them are playing this week. This is the reason you practice and do all that work.
"And, ultimately, you're judged on how many good teams you beat, not how many bad ones."
Colquitt certainly had its opportunities against top-ranked Class AAAAA teams this season. The Packers met No. 3 Parkview in week 3 and No. 2 Lowndes a month later.
The Wildcats may not be as dominant defensively as they were a year ago when they went 15-0 to capture the school's first state championship, but they have been threatened only twice this season and turned back both.
Camden opened the season with a 12-10 victory over Parkview, dealing the Panthers their only loss of the season.
And last Friday, the Wildcats overcame Bradwell Institute 14-12 in the Region 3-AAAAA championship game.
The game will mark the fifth time the two schools have met.
The Wildcats were on the Packers schedule in 1992 and 1993 and they met in the playoffs in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
In 1992, the Packers were coming off their state runner-up season, but could not handle the Luther Welsh's Wildcats that October, losing 7-0, suffering their second shutout of the season.
The Packers intercepted two passes that night and recovered four fumbles, but got no points from the six turnovers.
The game was played on a rainy night in St. Marys, just five miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The current school and stadium are several miles further inland, in Kingsland.
Welch and the Wildcats made it two in a row over the Packers when they visited Moultrie the following season, winning 21-7.
Colquitt evened the score and then some the next three years, winning 38-0, 30-0 and 23-14 in state playoff games.
None of those five Camden County teams can compare to the one Jeff Herron will send out to meet the Packers on Friday.
After edging Parkview, their only non-Region 3-AAAAA game, the Wildcats rattled off victories over Savannah (56-14), Groves (58-0), Glynn Academy (34-0); Brunswick (38-6); Windsor Forest (41-0); Jenkins (62-0); Beach (59-14); and Johnson (71-0).
The win over Bradwell tested the Wildcats resolve.
Bradwell then forced turnovers on Camden's first two possessions and scored a touchdown on a run by Ersell McCullen to take a 6-0 halftime lead.
It marked the first time since the state semifinal game against Newnan in the Georgia Dome that the the Wildcats trailed and been held scoreless after two quarters.
Camden had to go just 34 yards for its first touchdown, scoring on a 7-yard run by Brandon West.
Anthony Pages added the extra point to give the Wildcats the lead with 7:55 left in the third quarter.
Moments later, Camden blocked a Bradwell punt and Gavin Stanley picked it up and ran it 4 yards for a touchdown. Another Pages conversion put Camden up 14-6.
But Bradwell's McCullen returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the Camden 4 and the Tigers scored two plays later on a touchdown run by Daniel Fleming, Region 3-AAAAA's leading rusher.
The Wildcats preserved their lead by swarming McCullen on the two-point conversion attempt. Camden then shut the door. The Wildcats offense converted two third-down plays with under three minutes left to preserve the victory.
Junior halfback Brandon West led the Camden with 94 yards on 22 carries.
And Singletary was even more impressed with the Camden's victory over Parkview in a game riddled with errors by both teams.
"The held Parkview," Singletary said. "And when you can hold Parkview's offense, you've done a day's work."
PACKERS NOTES: Linebacker Mike Mobley had nine solos and eight assists for 17 tackles against Valdosta. Mobley is on track to lead the team in tackles for the second straight year. Since 1985, only Jerome McIntyre and Rodney McCullough have accomplished that feat.
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