MOULTRIE – This a busy time of the year for members of Colquitt County Marine Corps JROTC program.

There are mid-terms to cram for, an inspection looming and drill competition to prepare for.

And for four cadets, who are also members of the Colquitt County High rifle team, there also is a Sectional match against Griffin waiting.

The Colquitt County team, undefeated in its 12 high school matches this season and the No. 1 team from Area 2, will play host to Griffin on Thursday afternoon with a berth in the semifinals at stake.

“I told the kids, this is it,” said Gunnery Sgt. Emmett Bryant, the team’s coach. The Packers must defeat Griffin and most likely an outstanding East Coweta team to qualify for the state championships.

“If we can get everyone well and on the same page, we should be OK,” Bryant said. “It’s been a long season, but we’ve got to get past Thursday.

“I think we’ve got a chance of getting past (Griffin). Hopefully, we’ve got a little more in the tank.”

Colquitt County is averaging 1,140 and is led by a pair of veteran seniors in Erica Soto and Caitlin Davis.

Soto leads the team with a 288.5 average and has turned in scores of 290, 291, 292 and 293 this season.

Davis, averaging 284.2, has a 290 and a pair of 291 scores to her credit.

Jeffrey Peacock is averaging 283.6 for the season and has the team’s highest score, a 294.

Richard Boyd, who averages 280.9, will round out the four shooters who will represent Colquitt County on Thursday.

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