MOULTRIE -- It's been 24 years since Rob Reid last pulled on jersey No. 6 for the Colquitt County Packers.
But the still has an affinity for that black-and-gold, even though he now lives in the shadow of Parkview High's Big Orange Jungle and actually coaches a youth football team that includes the son of the Panthers head coach.
Reid said he will be at the game tonight between his alma mater and the team his son Win, 11, may play for in a few years.
After graduating from Colquitt County High in 1981, Reid played football for two seasons at Auburn before shoulder miseries ended his collegiate athletic aspirations.
After earning his degree, he moved to Atlanta and is now the vice president for business development for Summit Document Services, which provides support services for law firms.
Now living in Lilburn, the former Packer running back is the defensive coordinator for a football team for 11-year-olds that is a feeder for the Parkview program.
Among the players on the team is Patrick Flowe, son of Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe.
As a coach of youngsters, Reid said he has one desire:
"I just hope that I can have as positive and lasting an influence on these kids as my coaches had on me ... like Darrell Strange, my 10-year-old coach; Bennie Bullard; Darrell Willett;, Roy Saturday; and Coach (James) Stancil, just to name a few," he said.
Colquitt County did not have much success when Reid toiled with the Packers. And a victory tonight would have the 2004 Packers sporting a 3-0 record and half the victories Reid's 1980 Packers had.
And teamed with the 42-30 victory over Thomas County Central last week, a road victory over a program the quality of Parkview's would give the Packers instant statewide credibility.
The Packers displayed some foot speed that has not been evident in recent years.
If Colquitt can break a few like it did last week and and make Parkview work long and hard when it has the ball, and second straight upset could be in the cards.
How does 17-14 Packers sound?
Valdosta also will have its hands' full when it tries to boost its record to 3-0 against Madison County (Fla.)
It will be the first game of the season for the Cowboys, who were the Florida Class 2A state runner-up last year, semifinalists in 2002 and champions in 2001.
Madison is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and No. 6 overall in the most recent Florida prep poll.
The Cowboys were 12-1-1 last year; 12-1 the year before.
Inexperience in several positions might catch up with the Wildcats tonight. Madison will ride off with a 24-16 victory.
Lowndes can pick its score against defenseless Kendrick tonight; 42-0 sounds about right.
Tift County will play Irwin County for the first time since 1966 tonight and will get a chance to flex a little muscle in a 28-10 victory.
Houston County has had a week off to get over its season-opening 7-7 tie with Warner Robins.
The Bears will travel to Cordele to meet Crisp County. The Cougars are 1-1 after losing to Tift County 28-16 and beating Perry 28-17.
Houston and talented quarterback Brandon King will get that first win of 2004 tonight by a 35-14 score.
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