Colquitt offense too much for Mill Creek

HOSCHTON – This was the question all week from fans and media around the state: How will Colquitt County’s potent offense fare against the immovable object known as the Mill Creek defense? The Hawks defense had only allowed 88 points through 13 games and only allowed an average of 142.7 yards per game of total offense to their opposition.

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Chase Parrish (4), runs during the contest with Mill Creek. Photo: Connie Southwell Photography/Special to SGSN

Consider that question answered, as the Packers ran up over 550 yards in a 52-31 victory over the Hawks (13-1).  Packer quarterback Chase Parrish passed for a school-record 431 yards according to Moultrie Observer sports editor Wayne Grandy and he also tied a school-record with six touchdown passes.

“He (Parrish) struggled and took a shot early in the game…he had numbness in his hand…and he struggled, but Chase is a winner,” an emotional Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst said to the media after the game.

Colquitt (14-0) led 21-17 at the half, but outscored the Hawks 31-14 in the final 24 minutes of the contest, but after Cameron Turley scored on a 1-yard run for Mill Creek with just under 11 minutes remaining, the Packers exploded to score the final 17 points of the game. The Packers went 80 yards in six plays and had a little fortune on their side as a running into the kicker penalty gave the drive new life. Two plays later, Parrish hit Kiel Pollard on a quick screen, and the Arkansas verbal commitment did the rest, shedding tacklers and jolting down the sideline for a 73-yard touchdown. Luis “Baby Lou” Martinez kicked the extra point to extend the Packer lead to 42-31 with 9:29 remaining.

The Packers forced a punt and went back to work and scored on a Parrish to Ty Lee 55-yard pass play, and the game was firmly in Colquitt’s favor at 49-31. Martinez closed out the scoring with a 22-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining to give the final score.

Mill Creek scored the first points of the game after a long drive on their opening possession with Joe Thomas scoring from three yards out with 6:36 left in the quarter. Colquitt tied things up when Parrish hit Isaiah Thomas on a 79-yard bomb on their third play from scrimmage, and Martinez added the point after. Colquitt led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter when the Pack scored on a beautiful reception from Pollard in which he bobbled and caught the football while on his back while being covered by a Mill Creek defender. Martinez, however, missed the second PAT of his career and the Hawks came back to take a one point lead with seven minutes left in the half on a two-yard pass from Turley to David Milon.

Colquitt retook the lead with 5:06 left in the first half on a Nate Powell 9-yard run on a drive that was extended on a roughing the passer call on the Hawks. The Packers converted on a two-point trick play in which Parrish faked an audible, Pollard received the direct snap, pitched to Thomas on an end around and then Thomas threw a pass to Parrish in the endzone to give the packers a 21-14 lead.

Mill Creek closed the gap just before halftime, when after a Parrish interception, Brenton King kicked his 19th field goal of the season, which tied for the single season Georgia record along with Lovejoy’s Chris Ray, who accomplished the feat in 1997.

That set up the dominant second half by the Packers.

Pollard caught five passes for 126 yards, while Lee also hauled in five for 135. Ty Powell also picked up a 79-yard touchdown pass from Parrish. The Packers will play Roswell, 30-26 winners over Grayson, in the AAAAAA state title game Saturday night around 8 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.

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