MOULTRIE -- When discussing the Colquitt County High football team's recent history against Lowndes High, Packers coach Mike Singletary alluded to some "ghosts" at Martin Stadium.
It does seem that when the Packers set foot on turf on the stadium snug by I-75, strange things seem to transpire and conspire against the visiting Packers.
Colquitt will visit the home of the Vikings at 8 p.m. Friday for the first Region 1-AAAAA game for both teams.
The Vikings are 5-0, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA and should be refreshed after having had last Friday night off.
The Packers are 4-1 and have scrapped for each victory.
Colquitt County would be an underdog in any case. But if what has happened at Lowndes in the even years beginning with 1996 is any indication, some curious happening could be afoot on Friday.
The last time Colquitt County won at Martin Stadium was 1994, when the team was the most successful in Packers history.
Lowndes was one of 15 straight victims that year.
The Packers have won just one time in the series since then: a 21-2 victory in 1999 at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
The Vikings have won the last four and trail in the series that dates back to 1968 20-18.
In 1996, the Packers were chasing a Region 1-AAAA championship when they went to Lowndes on Nov. 1.
The Vikings won 24-21. Among Lowndes' points were two on a safety when the Packers were called for offensive holding in the end zone.
One of the Lowndes touchdowns came on a pass from quarterback Brandon Cowart to former Packer Tim Harris.
Another Viking touchdown in that game came when Lowndes lined up to kick a field goal from the 12, but jumped offside and were penalized to the 17.
Vikings coach Milt Miller then decide to forego the field goal, sent the offense back on the field and Cowart threw a touchdown pass to Alvin Strickland.
Two years later, the Packers led 10-7 with 3:20 left and were marching toward a touchdown to pad the lead.
But the Packers fumbled on the Lowndes 15 and the Vikings' Josh Williams picked it up and raced 85 yards for what would be the winning touchdown in a 13-10 victory.
In 2000, Colquitt County's Tyran Robinson appeared ready to step in the end zone to put the Packers up by two touchdowns, when he inexplicably lost control of the ball, which bounded out of the side of the end zone for a touchback.
Early in the fourth quarter with the Packers leading 12-0, Colquitt completed a pass to the Vikings 1, only to have the receiver fumble the ball away.
From there, Vikings quarterback Barrett Wilkes completed 10 straight passes for 151 yards and Lowndes won 13-12.
"There's no doubt that in in 1998 we should have won," Singletary said. "And in 2000 we should have won.
"But we didn't take care of the football. And when you don't take care of the football, you don't win."
In 2002, Brandon Ponder did a Barrett Wilkes impression, completing 12-of-15 passes for 172 yards in a 21-14 victory that saw the Packers miss several scoring opportunities.
One opportunity slipped away when the Packers fumbled the ball away on the Lowndes 4 early in the fourth quarter. Colquitt also lost a possession when a Lowndes punt hit a Packer in the back and the Vikings recovered.
Strange stuff indeed.
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