Packers open title defense with 48-16 victory

MOULTRIE – Colquitt County rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense in a 48-16 win over North Paulding Friday night at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium. The victory was the 26th in a row for the Packers (11-0), who are looking to become the first undefeated back-to-back champions since Parkview accomplished the feat from 2000-2002. The Panthers from Lilburn won 45 games in a row during that time frame.
But the Packers and coach Rush Propst, who led 34-3 at the half, and maintained that lead throughout the entire game, were not pleased after the opening round victory.  “If we don’t improve as a football team, and get back to the hunger that we had last year, this run is over,” Propst said to the media after the game.

North Paulding (3-8) torched the Colquitt secondary for 263 yards passing, as the Wolfpack amassed nearly 350 total yards. Quarterback Kyle Banks connected with two receivers – Chad Terrell and D.J. Owens for 213 yards on 15 receptions.

“If you go back and look at that tape, you will not sleep…I will not sleep all weekend.” Propst said. “Right now, we can’t stop the forward pass.”

Chase Parrish uses his feet during the North Paulding contest.

Chase Parrish uses his feet during the North Paulding contest. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

After a field goal got North Paulding to within nine at 12-3 on the third play of the second quarter, Colquitt responded with an eight play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chase Parrish to Isaiah Thomas. A two point pass to Kiel Pollard extended the lead to 20-3 and on the next Wolfpack drive, Akivie Bailey stepped in front of a Banks pass and took it back 58 yards for a Packer touchdown. Colquitt extended the lead to 34-3 with less than a minute to play in the first half when Parrish hooked up with Pollard on an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Packers had 352 yards of offense to 81 for North at the half.

Akivie Bailey picks off North Paulding quarterback Kyle Banks in the second frame. Bailey went 58 yards for the pick-6. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

Akivie Bailey picks off North Paulding quarterback Kyle Banks in the second frame. Bailey went 58 yards for the pick-6. Photo: Jessica Peters/SGSN

The Wolfpack took the opening kickoff in the second half and went right down the field. A 46-yard pass to Owens got the ball to the 1, and Owens finished the drive off with a touchdown run with just over ten minutes to play in the third. North went for two, but the pass was no good in the back of the endzone, the score remained 34-9. North got an onside kick, but the drive ended with an interception in the end zone for a touchback. Colquitt went on an 11 play, 80-yard drive on Parrish’s last action of the night. He hit Thomas for his second touchdown of the night – a 25-yard play that gave the Packers a 41-9 lead.

North Paulding stormed back down the field, as Banks hit Terrell for a 44-yard bomb to make the score 41-16. Colquitt played backup quarterback Jay Saunders, and he responded by taking the Packers 80 yards for a touchdown. Saunders ran for 57 yards on the drive, including an eight yarder that extended the lead to 48-16, which would be the final.
Colquitt took the opening drive 67 yards and was capped by a Nate Powell 1-yard run. Pollard had a 30-yard reception on third down to keep the drive alive. The extra point was missed by Bauldilio Martinez. North fumbled on their second play, and Colquitt marched down the field and Parrish hit Ty Lee on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 7:26 left in the first.

Parrish was 16-of-24 for 231 yards and four scores. Lee had nearly 100 yards from scrimmage, as Packer running backs ran for 322 yards on 42 carries. Pollard had 8 catches for 120 yards. Colquitt had 582 yards of total offense. Luis Martinez, Colquitt’s All-State kicker, did not dress for the game. He is still nursing a leg injury.

“We were missing (Baby Lou) Martinez tonight,” Propst said.

The Packers will play Friday against Central Gwinnett in Moultrie. The Black Knights, the number three seed from Region 8, demolished number 9 ranked Walton, 49-20. Central rolled up 610 yards of offense, and quarterback Micah Maxey through for 454 yards and seven touchdowns.

“We better get our crowd ready,” Propst said. “We better make it like a semifinal game (atmosphere).”

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