MOULTRIE -- Quarterback Sam Heath scored three touchdowns and the Colquitt County defense shut down highly touted Meadowcreek running back Cameron Smith as the Packers opened the season with a 34-7 victory over the Mustangs on Friday at Mack Tharpe Stadium.
The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes by lightning, but once it started, it was all Colquitt County.
The Packers rolled up 260 yards of offense, with 226 coming on the ground.
And Heath and Channing Hudson combined to connect on all three of their passes for 20 yards and a touchdown.
And while the Packers are not credited with a shutout, the defense did its part.
Smith had just 61 yards on 25 carries and nine times was hit for losses.
The junior running back rushed for 880 yards in just seven games last season.
The Packers got the quick score they wanted when on the second play of their second possession, Heath faked to fullback Kelvin Watts, kept the ball, cut inside and ran 48 yards for the first Colquitt County touchdown of the season.
Stephen Adcock's conversion made it 7-0 with 6:34 left in the first quarter.
The Packers extended the lead moments later when Hudson, the sophomore quarterback who entered the game just two plays earlier, lofted a pass to end zone that Jeremy DeBruce made a one-handed catch of for a 14-yard touchdown.
Adcock converted again to make it 14-0 with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
The touchdown was set up by a 35-yard run by sophomore B.J. Howard on his first varsity carry.
DeBruce had the key block to spring Howard.
Meadowcreek cut the lead in half when Cord Burse picked up a Colquitt County fumble and ran it 22 yards for a touchdown with 1:32 left in the quarter. Sagar Patel's conversion made it 14-7 Packers.
The fumble came when Heath and halfback Tracy Brown ran into each other during a handoff.
But the Packers marched 65 yards on 12 plays after taking the ensuing kickoff, with Heath scoring his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard sneak.
Adcock made his third straight extra point, giving Colquitt a 21-7 lead with 7:39 left in the half.
Smith appeared to score a touchdown on a 5-yard run with 32 seconds left in the half, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty and the Packers held when a Jeremy Padgett pass fell incomplete on fourth down from the Packers 6-yard line.
"The momentum changed at that time," Meadowcreek coach George Pugh said. "We needed to have taken advantage of that."
The Packers added to their lead in the third quarter when Heath capped of his team's first drive of the second half with an 18-yard touchdown run. Adcock's conversion was his fourth of the game.
The Packers scored again on their next possession when Sherard Reynolds capped a 35-yard drive with a 2-yard run.
Reynolds could not hold the snap on the extra point attempt and his pass failed.
The second half was played in rain.
The Mustangs did not help themselves, losing two fumbles.
"You just can't turn it over against a good football team," Pugh said. "And Colquitt County played well."
Packers coach Mike Singletary said he thought his team played well "at times."
The Packers fumbled the ball away on three occasions.
"Our quarterbacks have to quit turning the ball over," Singletary said. "We 'll have to play better than that next week (against Thomas County Central."