MOULTRIE — From the 38-yard pass from Tyler Brown to Jacob Propst that sparked the come-from-behind victory over Thomasville to the 95-yard interception return for a touchdown by Willie McCrary in the quarterfinal upset of Lassiter, the Colquitt County football team seemed able much of the season to come up with a big play when it needed it.

Until Friday night in Kingsland.

In the 19-10 Class AAAAA state semifinal loss to Camden County that ended the Packers season, Colquitt County was unable to score a touchdown after its first possession of the game and again came up short in the red zone.

Although his team gave up 385 yards on the ground to the defending state champions, Packers coach Rush Propst on Saturday was still dealing with the disappointment of a lost fourth-quarter opportunity when his team trailed by just two points.

Tyler Dismuke had just run 18 yards on a fake punt to give the Packers a first down at their own 41. But on the first play, quarterback Tyler Brown was sacked for an 11-yard loss.

A pass to Tevin King gained just one yard and an incomplete pass sent Dismuke back on the field.

This time he punted, pinning the Wildcats back on their own 24.

But on the first play, Camden fullback Aundre Johnson broke through Colquitt’s nine-in-the-box defense and outran the Packers 76 yards to the end zone.

The extra point gave the Wildcats a 19-10 lead with four minutes left and the Packers were out of miracles.

“We just can’t take a sack there,” Propst said. “It was just like at Northside ... the same deal.

“We just never got our field goal kicker on the field. And that’s just one thing I can’t put to bed.”

After finishing 2-8 and 4-6 the last two seasons, few gave the Packers much of a chance to make the postseason this year, much less win three straight playoff games on the road in the Atlanta area to reach the semifinals.

And even though the Packers 11-3 record is the school’s best in a decade, Propst was having trouble looking on the bright side on Saturday.

“It’s a tough loss,” he said. “One of the toughest I’ve ever been a part of. We knew we had to be perfect to win the game and we didn’t do it.”

The Packers were unable to protect Brown, who was sacked five times.

One of those sacks is still vivid to Propst, who saw Jacob Propst and Quin Roberson breaking free, but a back failed to pick up a blitzing Wildcat.

“We just blew a major assignment,” Propst said.

And while Propst lamented his team’s lost opportunities, he gave Camden County credit.

“They are very good, especially on defense,” he said. “And they just whipped us up front. They are a very experienced team. They’ve been in those situation.”

Camden will seek its second straight state championship, and third since 2003, when it meets Northside-Warner Robins at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

The Wildcats, who were 15-0 last year, have won nine straight playoff games.

Northside advanced with a 29-24 victory over previously unbeaten Newnan in Newnan.

Camden took the opening kickoff on the chilly and rainy night in Kingsland and drove to the Packers 9, where Colquitt held, forcing a 26-yard field goal by the Wildcats Matt Ehacz.

Colquitt responded on its first possession when Brown connected with Roberson on a 47-yard touchdown pass.

With Rich Tyndall’s conversion, the Packers led 7-3 with 6:29 left in the first quarter.

Camden took the lead for good in the second quarter when D.J. Williams-Reed intercepted a Brown pass and returned it to the Packers 30.

A personal foul on the Packers on the return gave Camden a first down on the 14 and Aundre Johnson busted it in from there.

Camden missed the extra point, but led 9-7. The Wildcats added to their lead on their next possession when Ehacz connected on a 25-yard field goal to put Camden up 12-7 at the half.

Colquitt got a gift early in the third quarter when Camden fumbled the ball away at the Packers 47. The Packers drove to the Wildcat 26, but stalled.

When the snap and hold were botched on a 42-yard field goal attempt, the Packers were unable to convert the turnover into points.

Colquitt drove again on its next possession with a 38-yard run by Roberson out of the Viking set setting the Packers up on the Camden 32.

Brown and Roberson hooked up on a 14-yard completion on a third-and-7 to put the ball on the Camden 15.

But the Packers red-zone woes continued, with Colquitt having to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Tyndall to pull to within two at 12-10 with 11:50 left.

When Ehacz was wide right on a 32-yard field goal attempt with 6:46 left in the game, the Packers tried to take the lead.

But three plays netted three yards before Dismuke’s fake punt run gave the Packers brief hope.

That the Packers were just two points down with just over four minutes remaining was somewhat remarkable.

Despite loading the box with nine defenders, the Packers were unable to break the Camden wing-T. Johnson finished with 27 carries for 245 yards and Ean Days added 135 more on 16 carries.

After throwing just two passes in the 35-0 victory over North Gwinnett, Camden attempted only three on Friday, completing one for minus-8 yards.

The Packers managed just 189 yards of offense, a number that included 41 yards lost on the five sacks.

Roberson, in the final game of an outstanding career, was the Packers leading rusher with 66 yards on nine carries.

Tevin King, who had 1,018 yards heading into the game, had just 34 on 13 carries.

Roberson, who had three catches for 79 yards and the only touchdown, finishes as the Packers all-time leading receiver with 100 catches for 1,537 yards and 13 touchdowns.

His 58 catches this season were the second-most in Packers history, trailing only the 62 caught by Ronald Bonner in 1994 and Christopher McCranie in 1991.

Brown finished the 2009 season with 2,091 yards, the most Packers history, breaking the old mark of 2,060 set by Reggie Stancil in 1994.

And although the Packers posted the second-most victories in a season by any Moultrie or Colquitt County team, Propst said “There are very few times you can be in this situation and you have got to make the most of them.

“But I can’t say enough about our kids and the amount of effort and sacrifice and commitment these kids have put in since last Nov. 17 (2008).”

Propst said he was especially pleased with the team’s seniors an the legacy they are leaving.

“We’ve got a good nucleus coming back, especially on offens,” he said. “We only lose Jacob, Quin and Chris Walsh.

"The work is unfinished. I don’t want to rest on what we’ve done.”

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