Colquitt County got closer to the kind of football game the coaching staff and players have been expecting on Friday, shutting out Carver High of Columbus 33-0.
The Packers are now 3-1 heading into the an off-week before playing host to Lowndes on Sept. 28.
If they put together offensive, defensive and special efforts, and perhaps give a jolt to the running game, the Packers will be in position to get off to winning start in Region 1-AAAAA play.
Colquitt got its first shutout of the season and forced a fourth-quarter running clock to tame the Tigers, who went into the game 2-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAA.
Of the four ranked teams Colquitt County has faced to open the season, Carver was least able to match up with the Packers.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Packers were able to rush the ball for just 65 yards on 31 carries, with Sihiem King the leading rusher with 16 yards on four carries.
But quarterbacks Cole Segraves and Daniel Mobley were more than able to make up for the running game’s deficit while alternating series.
Segraves complete 9-of-15 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted once.
Mobley hit on 9-of-14 passes for 151 yards and his first touchdown pass of the season. He also ran for a score.
Todd Boyd has what many hope is a breakout game, grabbing six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Several of his catches were beauties.
Bobby Hill had receptions of 22, 40 and 20 yards and Boatwright hauled in three passes for 48 yards.
The Packers also got a first-quarter safety and a 34-yard field goal from Roberto Vega.
And Carver failed to make a game out of it.
The Packers defense controlled the game, allowing just eight first downs and 106 total years.
Carver rushed for 86 yards and had just 20 through the air.
Tigers quarterback Torrance McGee completed just 4-of-12 passes for 20 yards and missed on his final seven attempts.
The Packers opened the scoring after downing a 54-yard Tyler Yost punt on the Tigers 1.
Three plays later John Gray and Jamal Phillips swarmed McGee in the end zone for a safety and the Packers led 2-0 with 6:22 left in the first quarter.
Colquitt drove 58 yards for its first touchdown on its next possession with Mobley running in from 8 yards out after failing to find a receiver.
Will Bannister converted to put the Packers up 9-0 with 2:16 left in the first quarter.
After forcing a Carver punt, the Packers drove under the direction of Cole Segraves from its 24 to a second-and-4 at the Tigers 6.
Segraves then flipped to Javonta Woods for the touchdown and after Bannister's conversion, Colquitt led 16-0 with 7:59 in the half.
Carver punted away its next possession and Mobley led the Packers on another scoring drive with John Boatwright taking it in from 6 yards out. Bannister converted again and the Packers led 23-0 with 4:48 left before the break.
Colquitt added to its lead with 1:24 left when Roberto Vega kicked his third field goal of the season, this one from 34 yards out and the Packers led 26-0 at the half.
Both Colquitt County quarterbacks passed for more than 100 yards in the first half.
Carver had just 42 yards on the ground and 20 yards passing in the first half.
Colquitt punted away its first possession of the second half and a Segraves interception squelched the second.
But Mobley needed just three plays to guide the Packers to their final touchdown with 3:31 left in the third quarter.
After Boatwright ran for three yards and a completion to D.J. Johnson put the ball on the Tigers 36, Mobley fired to Boyd, to reached up to snare it, brought it down and bolted through the second and to the end zone.
Bannister’s fourth conversion of the night, and 11th straight this season, put the Packers up 33-0.
When Colquitt protected its shutout the rest of the quarter, the final 12 minutes were played under the running clock.
In other Region 1-AAAAAA games on Friday, Burke County dealt Coffee its first loss of the season 33-21; Camden County won easily over Beach 48-12; Lowndes blanked Windsor Forest 38-0; Tift County shut out Worth County 33-0; and Valdosta rebounded from its loss to Brooks County by shutting out Crisp County 31-0.