MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High football team will prepare for the 2006 season with a preseason scrimmage against Cairo High at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at West Thomas Stadium in Cairo.

The Packers will open the regular season on Friday, Sept. 1, at Cook.

The Packers and Syrupmakers met in one of Colquitt County’s two preseason scrimmages last summer.

After Colquitt County met Bainbridge on the road, the Syrupmakers traveled to Moultrie, where the Packers took 14-7 victory.

Cairo went on to post a 7-4 record last season. After going 4-1 in Region 1-AAA, the Syrupmakers were eliminated in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs by LaGrange, 20-9.

Colquitt County’s Homecoming game will be on Friday, Oct. 6, when the Packers play host to Coffee High at 7:30 p.m. at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field.

Senior Night will be on Friday, Nov. 10, when the Packers play host to Tift County in the regular-season finale.

The 2005 Packers will be honored at the annual football banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Colquitt County High cafeteria.

Of this and that:

• Colquitt County track star Jamal Hayes was in Houston, Texas, last weekend, checking in with Cougars track coach Leroy Burrell, the former world record-holder and NCAA champion.

While he was in Texas, Josten’s delivered the ring he won for being on the 4x400 team that won the Junior Olympic national championship in Indianapolis last summer.

Hayes will compete in a meet at Clemson this weekend.

The Colquitt County High senior is one of the nation’s most highly sought-after track athletes this year.

He has until April to make a decision on where he will take his considerable 400-meter talents next season.

• Former Packer John Michael Hall is averaging 6.5 points and 1.5 rebounds through the first 18 games for Abraham Baldwin College.

The Stallions pulled off a victory of historic proportions on Saturday, defeating Georgia Perimeter 93-90 in overtime. It was the Stallions first victory over the Jaguars at the Gressette Gymnasium in 24 years. Hall had six points in the game.

ABAC’s men are now 11-8 overall and 4-0 in Region XVII. Georgia Perimeter went into the game with a 17-4 record and a No. 20 ranking in the NJCAA national poll.

• Johnson C. Smith University’s Brittany Sumpter scored a career high 27 points and brought down six rebounds in the 78-65 victory over Livingston College (6-9, 2-3 CIAA). The Lady Bulls, coached by Vanessa Taylor, are 10-6 overall and 5-0 in the CIAA. The Lady Bulls will put a six-game winning streak on the line tonight at St. Augustine’s.

• The Colquitt County High baseball team will open its 2006 season in the Hornet Classic in Adel, facing Worth County at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in the first game of year.

The Packers also will meet Valdosta on March 1 and Cook on March 3 in the tournament.

Colquitt also will meet Luella and Crisp County on Saturday, March 11, in Cordele as part of its non-Region 1-AAAAA schedule.

The Packers, who will try to improve on their 15-12 record and first-round state playoff exit last season, will play their first region game on March 31 at Tift County. The Blue Devils will be the favorites to win the region championship.

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