MOULTRIE — Tony Kirkland is in his first year in his second tour of duty as a Colquitt County defensive line coach and was not around last year when the Packers blanked Wayne County 38-0 at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

But he, too, had a chance to prepare his own players and watch them perform against the Yellow Jackets last season when he was coaching at South Effingham.

And while the Mustangs shut out Wayne County 32-0 in the regular-season finale for both teams, Kirkland said there were some things the Yellow Jackets did well.

“They’ve got some athletes,” Kirkland said of Yellow Jackets, who will take an 0-2 record into their meeting with the Packers in Jesup on Friday.

“They’ve got a running back who is athletic and their quarterback throws a nice ball.”

But the Jackets have not yet been able to put all the components together.

And when they play host to the Packers, the Jackets may be without starting quarterback Parker Welch, who injured an ankle in the loss to Bradwell Institute last Friday.

Wayne County has gone 1-9 each of the last three seasons and has not had a winning record since going 6-5 in 2005.

Mark Daniel took over the program last year and would like to take to Jesup some of the success he had at Screven County, where he won a Class AAA state championship, going 15-0 in 2002.

The Yellow Jackets especially struggled offensively last year, scoring in just three of their 10 games.

And when they lost 20-0 to Appling County to open this season, it was the fourth shutout defeat for the Jackets dating back to the last three games of last year.

Wayne County scored first in its game against Region 3-AAAAA’s Bradwell Institute last Friday, getting a touchdown pass from Welch to Mario Turner.

But the Yellow Jackets missed the extra point and did not score again, with two drives scuttled by fumbles in a 21-6 loss to the first of two straight Class AAAAA opponents.

The Jackets rolled up 222 yards on the ground against Bradwell, including 150 yards on 14 carries by running back Lynward Jackson.

Wayne passed for 51 yards, with Welch, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound college propect, playing until the third quarter. Welch is more of a passing quarterback and has not run the ball much in the Yellow Jackets wing-T offense.

Sophomore Greyson Lambert replaced Welch last week and could get the start on Friday.

Turner, who also plays in the secondary, is another of the Yellow Jackets top players.

He had an interception and recovered a fumble in the season-opening loss to Appling County.

Defensive end/linebacker Alvin Davis also is a college prospect for the Yellow Jackets.

 NOTES: The Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal has reported that former Packer Dontrell Johnson will make an official visit to the University of South Carolina for Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 23, when the Gamecocks play host to Vanderbilt.

Johnson a 5-10, 174-pound defensive back is playing at Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

Senior linebacker Willie McCrary was the Packers leading tackler against Thomasville, with nine solos and two assists, and leads the Packers in tackles after two games with 16.

Cameron Ervin and Nyneson Jeudy each had nine tackles against the Bulldogs. ...

The Packers last visit to John Williams Field at Jaycee Stadium in Jesup came in 1969, when linebacker Steve Bass blocked a punt that rolled through the end zone for a safety and Jim Beard scored on a 1-yard run in a 9-0 Moultrie High victory.

Fullback Bob Hardy rushed for 117 yards on 17 attempts in the game.

The year before, Moultrie won 27-19 at MackTharpe Stadium with Hardy scoring on runs of 1 and 8 yards and Mike Creasman rushing for 114 yards.

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