SYLVESTER -- Worth County turned the ball over on its first four possessions and Colquitt County took advantage of the gifts jumping out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and then cruised to a 55-6 victory over the Rams on Friday at Worth County Stadium.
With the victory, the Packers raise their record to 3-2 as they prepare for their Region 1-AAAAA opener next Friday against Lowndes High at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field.
The Rams fall to 0-5.
The Packers scored on an interception return by Javaris Jackson and on kickoff and punt returns by Vance Cuff against the out-manned Rams.
Colquitt still managed 264 yards on the ground and another 124 through the air for 388 total yards.
In addition to the scores by Jackson and Cuff, Tracey Brown scored on runs of 17 and 10 yards, Sam Heath scored on two 1-run runs and Orion Ponder had a 26-yard touchdown run.
The Packers led 35-6 at the half and their 55-6 lead after three quarters caused the mercy rule to be put into effect with the fourth quarter played under a running clock.
Worth took the opening kickoff and drove to the Colquitt County 40, but fumbled and Dontrell Johnson recovered at the Packers 40.
The Packers took advantage driving to the Worth County 1, where Sam Heath scored on a quarterback sneak for the first touchdown of the night.
Matt DeMott finished off the drive with the first of his seven conversions and the Packers led 7-0.
On the third play following the kickoff, Jackson intercepted a Clayton Edwards pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown and DeMott's conversion made it 14-0.
The Rams turned it over on the first play after the ensuing kickoff when D'andre Woods fumbled and Johnson came up with the loose ball.
It took the Packers only four plays to score on a 17-yard trip around left end by Brown. DeMott converted for the third straight time for a 21-0 Colquitt County lead.
Worth County then fumbled the kickoff and the Packers Antwan Tuff fell on the ball at the Worth 36.
All three Colquitt County first-quarter scores came in the final 5:23. The scoreboard clock did not work and the exact times were unavailable.
The Packers did not convert the fourth Worth fumble into points and were forced to punt.
The Rams then drove 94 yards to a touchdown, with Edwards sweeping his right end for the Rams only touchdown of the night. The extra point conversion failed.
The drive was kept alive three offsides and one unsportsmanlike penalty on the Packers.
But Colquitt County trumped the Worth County score quickly when Vance Cuff returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and DeMott converted to put the Packers up 28-6 with 7:16 left in the half.
Just before the half, Packers quarterback Channing Hudson hit Orion Ponder in stride for what appeared to be a 65-yard touchdown pass, but the ball was returned to the Worth 26 on a face-mask penalty.
But two plays later, Ponder swept to his right, reversed his field and went 26 yards for the Packers fifth touchdown of the half. DeMott converted with 2 seconds remaining to put Colquitt County up 35-6.
The Packers took the second-half kickoff and drove 65 yards to Heath's second 1-yard touchdown run and DeMott's kick made it 42-6 with 7:29 left in the third quarter.
After the Colquitt defense forced a three-and-out, Cuff took Scotty Blanchard's punt and at the Worth 38 and raced it in for the touchdown. After DeMott's conversion, the Packers led 49-6.
Brown scored from 10 yards out with a minute left in the third quarter to put the Packers up 55-6.
A penalty moved the extra point attempt back and DeMott missed for the first time this season, ending a string of 18 straight conversions.
The Packers defense held the Rams to just 44 yards on the ground on 30 carries.
Edwards completed 6-of-14 passes for 132 yards.
The Packers turned the ball over just one time, losing a second-quarter fumble.
Colquitt County was flagged for 18 penalties accounting for 110 yards.
Two of those penalties came in the closing minute and were intentional delay of game penalties.
This Week's Circulars
MOULTRIE [mdash] Ricky Nelson Smith, 62, of Moultrie, died Friday, March 26, 2021 at his residence. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Karen Louise Evans Goble, 56, of Moultrie, died Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
MOULTRIE [mdash] Joseph Clifford Cooper, 27, of Moultrie, died Monday, March 29, 2021 in Moultrie, Georgia. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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