12/13/14 equals 15 and 0 for Colquitt

ATLANTA – For five straight seasons, Rush Propst saw his Colquitt County Packers finish as one of the final four teams in the highest classification. But time and time again, the Packers fell short, including once in the championship game in 2010.

On Saturday night however, the Packers would not be denied, as they defeated the Archer Tigers by a 28-24 score in the most intriguing game of the two day championship series at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  The 15-0 Packers gave the school its second 15-0 season and state championship twenty years and just like 1994, the Colquitt team relied on a veteran head coach, a talented defense and a great running back to bring home the silver cup back to Moultrie.

Fans and coaches alike erupted in celebration as time ticked away in hte closing seconds of the AAAAAA State Championship game. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

Fans and coaches alike erupted in celebration as time ticked away in the closing seconds of the AAAAAA State Championship game. Photo: Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

The Tigers (11-4), Region 8 Champions from Gwinnett County were trying to become the fifth straight team from the county to win state and also the fifth to eliminate the Packers from the playoffs. Archer struck first on their opening possession after stopping the Packers on their opening drive. Taking over at their own 34, the Tigers went 66 yards on 14 plays in just over five minutes. Quarterback Gabe Tiller converted on two big third down conversions to keep the drive alive. Dylan Singleton ran in from four yards out and after a Cole Fisher PAT, the Tigers led 7-0.

The Packers wasted little time in tying the score after Chase Parrish hit Marquan Green for a 40-yard touchdown with 3:19 left on the clock. The drive took just over a minute and covered 65 yards, as Parrish was 3-for-3 with 65 yards on the drive. Colquitt got a pick of Tiller from Zay Lewis that was returned 24 yards inside the Tigers’ ten yard line. It took only one play, as Parrish hit King on a swing pass from seven yards out; Luis Martinez gave Colquitt a 14-7 lead.

As was the case all night, Archer would come back. The Tigers got a big kick return from Kyle Davis of 41 yards and three plays later, Tiller hit Singleton for a 55-yard touchdown pass. The score came with 1:13 remaining in the opening quarter. Fisher’s extra point made the score 14-all. The Tigers would take the lead on their first possession of the second period. The Tigers had first and 10 at the Pack 23, but would go backwards after a tackle for loss and a false start, forcing Fisher to kick a 47 yard field goal. The Tigers led 17-14 with 10:11 left in the half, but that would be the last lead of the game for Archer.

The Tigers had an opportunity to score more points after recovering a Ty Lee muffed punt. Tiller, on a third-and-7 from the Colquitt 23, threw a beautiful ball to Davis in the corner of the end zone, but it was dropped. Fisher then missed a 40 yard field goal left and the Packers took over at the 20 yard line. Parrish and Company then went to work, as King rushed for 54 yards on the drive and the game changing touchdown with just over two and a half minutes remaining on the first half clock. Martinez’s extra point gave the Pack, the Region One Champions, a 21-17 lead at the half.

_H7A4892The Packers extended the lead on their opening possession of the second half, when Parrish connected with Lee on a beautiful seven yard corner route. Lee got one foot inbounds for the score and after Martinez booted the extra point, Colquitt led 28-17. Archer scored on their next possession after an 11-play, 80 yard drive that ended on Singleton’s third touchdown overall. The Tigers trailed 28-24. But the Pack defense stiffened and the offense moved the ball up the field and the clock down in the fourth period. The Tigers ran only four plays in the final period for negative one yard of offense. Meanwhile, Colquitt had 24 plays and 88 yards, mostly on the shoulders and legs of King, the all-time leading rusher at Colquitt County. His first down run on third-and-3 with just over a minute to play secured another state title in Moultrie.

King ended the night with 125 rushing yards on 33 attempts. His two touchdowns gave the senior 40 for the season and his total rushing yards were at nearly 2,100. Parrish had 190 yards and three touchdowns passing, as he became the single season passing touchdown record holder. Colquitt ran up 330 yards of total offense compared to Archer’s 295.

 

AHS     CCHS

FIRST DOWNS……………….       16       19

RUSHES-YARDS (NET)…………   35-112   42-140

PASSING YDS (NET)………….      183      190

Passes Att-Comp-Int………..  27-18-1  22-17-0

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS…..   62-295   64-330

Fumble Returns-Yards……….      0-0     2–2

Punt Returns-Yards…………      1-8     1–1

Kickoff Returns-Yards………     2-71      0-0

Interception Returns-Yards….      0-0     1-24

Punts (Number-Avg)…………   3-35.7   4-31.0

Fumbles-Lost………………      2-1      3-2

Penalties-Yards……………     4-32     2-15

Possession Time……………    23:12    24:48

Third-Down Conversions……..  7 of 14  7 of 14

Fourth-Down Conversions…….   1 of 1   1 of 1

Red-Zone Scores-Chances…….      2-3      3-3

Sacks By: Number-Yards……..      0-0      0-0

 

 

RUSHING: Archer-Jamey Williams 9-52; Dylan Singleton 6-45; Kyle Davis

2-14; Randy Nails 14-11; Gabe Tiller 4-minus 10. Colquitt County-Sihiem King

33-125; Chase Parrish 4-40; Ty Jones 2-5; Team 3-minus 30.

 

PASSING: Archer-Gabe Tiller 18-27-1-183. Colquitt County-Chase Parrish

17-22-0-190.

 

RECEIVING: Archer-Kyle Davis 6-45; Jamey Williams 4-34; Sloan Huff 3-33;

Randy Nails 3-20; Dylan Singleton 2-51. Colquitt County-Kiel Pollard 7-52;

Qwazavia Lee 4-37; Marquan Greene 3-63; Sihiem King 2-30; Shaun Bonner 1-8.

 

INTERCEPTIONS: Archer-None. Colquitt County-Zatavius Lewis 1-24.

 

FUMBLES: Archer-Gabe Tiller 2-1. Colquitt County-Qwazavia Lee 1-1; Team

1-0; Kiel Pollard 1-1.

 

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