MOULTRIE -- When Cairo comes to Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field on Thursday for Colquitt County High's second preseason scrimmage, the Syrupmakers will not have the advantage of having already played.

While the Packers were playing at Bainbridge on Friday, Cairo's scheduled scrimmage against Brooks County was cancelled because of the weather.

But there were other scrimmages involving Region 1-AAAAA teams last week, including one in Thomasville that featured two schools that will be on the Colquitt County High schedule this season.

Defending Class AAAAA state champion Lowndes High, 15-0 last season and ranked No. 2 in the National Prep Football Poll, rolled over Thomas County Central on Friday 21-10.

The Vikings scored on both of their second-half possessions and ran up 107 yards on the ground in the two nine-minute quarters.

Lowndes finished with 156 yards of offense in the three varsity quarters.

The Vikings return one of the state's top running backs in Lynn Williams and has a number of starters back from a defense that gave up just 35 points in five state playoff games last season.

Quarterback Doug Pilcher completed 7-of-21 passes for 103 yards for at touchdown for the Yellow Jackets against the Vikings on Friday.

In Tifton, Tift County had minus-6 yards of total offense in two quarters of varsity play in its scrimmage with Thomasville on Friday but came away with a 3-0 victory.

Thomasville punter Brian Wagner was forced to run after a bad snap and was downed at the Bulldogs 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils capitalized when Charlie Edwards hit a 27-yard field goal with the only score of the scrimmage.

Sean Baxley played quarterback for Tift County and completed 1-of-2 passes for nine yards.

The Blue Devils held the Bulldogs to just 31 yards on the ground.

Tift County goes to Dublin for its second scrimmage on Friday.

Camden County outscored Valdosta 28-13 when those two teams met on Thursday at Chris Gilman Stadium in Kingsland. The two varsity teams played three nine-minute quarters. The junior varsity teams had the final quarter.

Valdosta got touchdowns on a 65-yard pass from Michael Turner to Travarus Sanders and on a 45-yard run by Jamil Chandler late in the scrimmage.

Camden scored first on a 60-yard touchdown run by Ashton Hall.

The Wildcats will play host to Thomas County Central on Thursday.

Of this and that:

- The Colquitt County High girls softball team, under new coach Carman Phillips, will open its season Friday in the Thomas County Central tournament.

The 2005 Lady Packers will play their home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 16 against Lowndes.

- And for those looking ahead to basketball season, the Colquitt County girls will open Nov. 15 in a tipoff tournament at Lowndes. Joe Parker will be back for ninth season as head coach of the Lady Packers.

The Colquitt County boys, under first-year coach Kirven Davis, will open their season on Nov. 18 at Thomasville.

- Season tickets to the Colquitt County High football games will go on sale to the general public beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the high school. The cost of the six-ticket package is $48.

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