MOULTRIE -- After a 38-0 loss to Coffee two weeks ago that dropped their team's record to 1-3, seventh-grade football coach Jimmy Whitfield and his staff had to be dismayed with how the season was progressing.
But the youngest Packers shook off the loss and won their final two games -- including a 31-14 victory over Hahira on Wednesday -- to finish the season with a 3-3 record.
"That was very nice finish," Whitfield said, emphasizing "very." "I'm proud of each and every one of them.
"This is a completely different team than the one that started the season. They support each other and they are very coachable."
Asked what he attributed the team's strong finish to, Whitfield said, "Execution of what we're doing. Plus we've got a good coaching staff. They've worked hard from day one."
Whitfield's staff includes Andy Harden, Andy Chapura, Stephen Reynolds, Tyree King, Wayne Howell and Cliff Willis.
And the players, who formed the Colquitt County program's first-ever seventh-grade team, have responded well to adversity.
Colquitt opened with a 16-6 loss at Lowndes, but won its home opener 12-0 over Newbern. Tough losses to Tift County (30-12) and Coffee (38-0) followed, but Colquitt appeared to gain confidence in the 32-8 victory over Valdosta last week.
The inspired play carried over to Wednesday's meeting with Hahira.
The Packers were never threatened after jumping out to a 12-0 first-quarter lead.
Four of the Packers five touchdowns came on runs of 35 yards or more.
Colquitt jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown by Marquis Young with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
It was the Packers shortest scoring run of the game.
Young added two more touchdown runs in the first half: one of 35 yards 1:14 left in the first quarter and another of 46 yards with 2:54 left in the half.
Travion Littleton pushed the lead to 25-0 when he scored on a darting, juking 36-yard scamper with 5:38 left in the third quarter.
Hahira scored its first touchdown of the season after Hayden Martin intercepted a John Michael Harrison pass and returned it to the Colquitt 25 late in the third quarter.
Seven plays later, J.P. Parilla scored from three yards out.
The Packers matched that score just two plays later when Harrison ran 51 yards for the final Colquitt County score.
Hahira's final touchdown came with 1:31 left on an 11-yard pass from Sam Hoff to Stuart Brooks. Parilla ran in the two-point conversion.