MOULTRIE -- Colquitt County coach Tim Cokely has said his team came has come up short on several key plays in its losses to Thomas County Central and Parkview.
The Packers still turned the ball over four times in their 14-6 victory over Americus-Sumter County last Friday at Finklea-Robinson Field in Americus, but came through on enough other plays to even its record at 2-2.
The Panthers helped, throwing a pair of crucial interceptions and missing an extra point that allowed the Packers the luxury of not having to play for a win in the final 14:45 of the game.
But the Packers themselves were able to come through at important junctures of the game.
The three most obvious were the 39-yard touchdown run by Tracey Brown in the second quarter and the two interceptions by Vance Cuff.
Brown's run and the subsequent conversion by Matt DeMott with 6:31 left in the first half gave the Packers a lead they would not surrender.
Cuff's first interception, a leaping grab in the end zone of a fullback pass, stopped the first Americus-Sumter drive.
The second game when the Packers were trying gamely to hold on a 7-6 lead.
Five minutes later, Orion Ponder scored on an 18-yard run to put the game out of reach, but there were other less obvious fine efforts on the hot night in Americus.
Cokely singled out guard Terrence Grant for his role in opening holes that helped the Packers rush 236 yards and enable Ponder to get 93 yards, B.J. Howard to total 77 and Brown to race for 62 yards.
Howard also had a 34-yard punt return to set up Brown's score.
But the defense kept a handle on Panther quarterback Nate Samas, a hard-throwing, hard-running left-hander who never was able to deal Colquitt a knockout blow.
Jeremy DeBruce knocked down one Samas pass at the line of scrimmage and Brandon Walton came through with a fourth-quarter sack.
DeBruce also had a big tackle for a six-yard loss, and Cuff also had a crucial pass breakup.
Linebacker Michael Murray also had a big night for the Packers defense.
The Packers hope to build on the Americus effort when they go on the road again Friday to Sylvester to meet Worth County.
Colquitt beat the Rams in Moultrie last season 34-12 and the Packers hold a 10-1 advantage in games between the two schools.
The Rams, under coach Harold Brantley, are off to a rough start this season and will be seeking their first victory when they play host to the Packers.
The 40-7 loss to Tift County in Tifton last Friday dropped Worth to 0-4. Worth has been giving up points in bunches and also has lost to Lee County 55-22, Cook 26-22, and Northeast Macon 49-47 in a home game the Rams led 28-0 at the half.
PACKERS NOTES: The Packer Report, with highlights of the Colquitt County victory over Americus-Sumter County, will be shown in some 60 cities on WSST-Cordele and is available in Moultrie on Mediacom cable channel 10 at 7 tonight and each Tuesday night.
The Packer Report also is shown at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday on CNS cable channel 6. ...
Former Packer Greg Robinson has led Dodge County to a 5-0 start. The Indians defeated East Laurens 40-0 last Friday and have outscored their opponents 148-14.
The Indians travel to Swainsboro for another Region 3-AA West game on Friday. Swainsboro is 1-4. ...
Former Packer Sherard Reynolds carried the ball from scrimmage for the first time for the Valdosta State football team on Saturday and had a 25-yard gain.
This Week's Circulars
MOULTRIE, GA.- Amarylis Blender Abercrombie Jordan, 76, of Moultrie, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at her home. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Union Morris, 66, of Moultrie, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
NORMAN PARK [mdash] Antonia Razo Gonzalez, 88, of Norman Park, died Saturday, April 10,2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Barbara Lynn Kennedy, 54, of Moultrie, died Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
NORMAN PARK [mdash] Troy Tyler, 72, of Norman Park, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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