MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County middle schools seventh-grade football team fumbled away its first four possessions on Wednesday and could not recover, falling 20-0 Valdosta Middle School at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field.
The loss drops the youngest Packers record to 0-3. They will be back home next Wednesday to take on Lowndes at 5 p.m.
The game got off to an ominious start when the Packers could not handle the opening kickoff and Valdosta recovered on Colquitt County 34.
Three plays later, Valdosta quarterback Avery Burney threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jay Rome and the Wildcats had all the points they would need with just 1:12 run off the game clock.
The Packers fumbled the ball away again on its third play of its second possession and Valdosta again struck quickly
With 5:18 left in the first quarter, Burney connected with Devontae Foster from 19 yards out and then hit Albert Thomas for the two-point conversion to put Valdosta up 14-0.
On the second play following the kickoff, the Packers fumbled again. Derhyan Arnold countered that turnover when he picked off a Burney pass moments later.
But with 2:11 in the quarter, Colquitt County fumbled the ball for the fourth time.
The score remained 14-0 at the half. Valdosta got its final touchdown on a 55-yard run by Randy Cook on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Packers got three straight completions from quarterback Tyler Brown to Kyler Thelisme in their final drive, but were unable to convert, turning the ball over for the fifth time with 35 seconds remaining.