Colquitt County seventh-grade Black’s Kaleb Dawson (5) brings down a Lowndes ball carrier as Tyran Montgomery (42) closes in to help.

 The Colquitt County seventh-grade Gold football team got three touchdowns from J.J. Peterson to defeat Valdosta 18-0 on Wednesday in Valdosta.

The victory raises the Gold team’s record to 2-0. Gold opened the season with a 24-10 victory at Pine Grove last week.

Two of Peterson’s touchdowns came on runs of 60-plus yards.

He also caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Tanner Wilson.

And while pleased with the three touchdowns, seventh-grade Gold coach Jimmy Whitfield especially liked the way his defense played.

“Our defense played phenomenal,” Whitfield said. “They were inside our 30 two or three times, be we held them out.”

Valdosta scored 48 points against Colquitt County Black last week.

“They are a tough team,” Whitfield said of Valdosta. “They’ve got some good-looking athletes.”

Whitfield likes his team’s start to the season.

“So far, so good,” he said. “We put a new game plan in this week and a shutout speaks for itself.”

The Gold team will make its first appearance at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium next Wednesday when it faces Coffee Maroon at 5 p.m.

When Lowndes scored two touchdowns the two times it touched the football on Wednesday at the stadium, it appeared the Colquitt County seventh-grade Black team would be in for a long evening.

And the Packers trailed 24-6 heading into the fourth quarter before scoring twice to pull to with four before falling short, 24-20.

Raines Plant completed 7-of-16 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. His 71-yard completion to Jaquan Willis to the Lowndes 1 set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Willis with 6:11 left in the game.

Plant then connected with Conner Patterson on a two-point conversion pass and the Packers had pulled to within 10 at 24-14.

After Lowndes lost its fourth fumble of the game, Plant hit Leamon Madison for a 61-yard touchdown pass-and-run with 2:58 left in the game to make it 24-20.

Colquitt forced Lowndes into a fourth-and-6 from its 40 with 1:07 left, but the Vikings hit a 37-yard pass to the 3 to put the game out of reach.

After Colquitt went three-and-out on its first possession of the game, Lowndes took the Packers first punt back 54 yards for a touchdown. The Packers turned the ball over downs on its next possession and on the first play Lowndes ran 30 yards for a touchdown to go up 12-0 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.

But with 35 seconds left in the quarter, Plant connected with Jarvis Christopher on a 64-yard touchdown pass and the Packers had pulled to within six.

Lowndes scored the next two touchdowns to go up 24-6 before the Packers made a late charge.

Christopher had two catches for 70 yards and Madison had two for 64 yards.

“From last week to today, we looked so much better,” Colquitt County Black coach Andy Chapura said. “We played with so much heart today. Even when we got down early, we never gave up, didn’t hang our heads and gave ourselves a chance.”

Colquitt County Black will travel to Douglas to meet Coffee White at 5 p.m. next Wednesday.

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