MOULTRIE -- Mike Singletary has on the sidelines for 53 games since taking over the Colquitt County High football program in 2000, but he looked as frustrated as he has ever been after a game on Friday at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
Valdosta had twice rallied from deficits to beat his Packers 21-14 and finish No. 2 in Region 1-AAAAA.
Colquitt finishes the regular season 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the region and will travel to Kingsland on Friday to meet 10-0 Camden County.
The Wildcats are the defending Class AAAAA champions and the current No. 1 team in the state.
But it was all so close for the Packers, despite managing just seven first downs and being nearly doubled in total yards by the Wildcats (311-156).
"I don't know if I've ever been more disappointed," Singletary said. "The kids played hard. And if we don't turn it over down there, I don't think they get in."
The Packers only turnover came on a Tracy Brown fumble with 9:11 remaining in a game tied 14-14.
Valdosta linebacker James Neal recovered on the Packers 43 and three minutes later Jamal Scott scored his second touchdown of the game.
Trey Miley's third conversion gave the Wildcats the 21-14 lead that held up and gave Valdosta a 6-4 overall record and a 3-2 region record.
The Packers had two more opportunities, but at least four catchable balls slipped through the hands of Colquitt County receivers in the final 5 1/2 minutes, helping cost the team a chance at a comeback.
"We did some really good things defensively," Singletary said. "But our inability to catch the football ... We had plenty of chances."
Colquitt again was unable to sustain much offense, rushing for just 60 yards and 22 carries, including a 35-yard run by Orion Ponder in the first quarter. Only two of the seven first downs came on the ground.
Quarterback Sam Heath had perhaps his best night throwing the ball in weeks, but had just nine completions in 19 attempts to show for it.
And again the Packers had to count on Sherard Reynolds to help keep them in the game.
The senior wingback/defensive back and special teams player gave the Packers a 6-0 lead when he returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown with 5:29 left in the half.
With the Packers trailing 7-6 early in the second half, Reynolds turned in a remarkable sequence of plays.
On Valdosta's first play of the third quarter, Scott fumbled and Reynolds recovered on the Valdosta 38.
The Packers tried to rush the ball on the first two plays and Reynolds gained five and two yards.
After Heath hit Jamal Carr for a first down at the Valdosta 26, Reynolds, running from his right wingback position, worked his way free at the Wildcats goal line and hauled in his seventh touchdown pass of the season.
The Packers elected to go for two and Reynolds took the ball from Heath as if to run a sweep the right. But he pulled up and hit Antwan Tuff in the end zone for the two-point conversion to put the Packers up 14-7.
But later in the quarter, Valdosta tied the game when quarterback Michael Turner fumbled into the Colquitt County end zone and Wildcats backup tight end Daniel Jefferson recovered.
Lowndes completed its perfect regular season on Friday with a 21-0 shutout of Coffee. The Vikings will be at home on Friday against Windsor Forest, the No. 4 team from Region 3-AAAAA. Valdosta also will be at home to play Groves, Region 3-AAAAA's No. 3 team.
Houston County finished No. 3 in Region 1-AAAAA and will travel to Hinesville this weekend to play 9-1 Bradwell Institute, whose only loss was to Camden.
For Colquitt County, the game against Camden County will mark the third time this season the Packers have played one of the top three teams in the state. Colquitt has lost to No. 2 Lowndes 31-0 and to No. 3 Parkview 35-7.
"We've got a lot of things to build on," Singletary said. "But I don't know when we've ever had to play the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams in the state in the first 11 weeks."
If the Packers can get Camden, they would play the Starr's Mill-Riverdale winner.