REPEAT! 30-13 equals 30-0 for Colquitt

ATLANTA – All season long Rush Propst heard the questions about whether his team could repeat and join only Valdosta and Parkview as back-to-back undefeated champions. The Wildcats accomplished the feat in the 1960s and Parkview won 45 straight from 2000-2002. The Packers will have an opportunity to equal the Panthers’ record after winning their thirtieth consecutive game and second straight state championship 30-13 over Roswell in the Class AAAAAA state title game Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

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Ty Lee led the Colquit County Packers in All-Purpose yards, and was all over the field. Photo:Shine Rankin Jr./SGSN

“I tell you what, I know I have some other accomplishments, but this (winning state twice) was the hardest thing I have done,” Propst said after the contest. “You take the top 7 teams in this state and they will win state in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana. This is the deepest pool I have ever coached in in my life.”

Ty Lee had a phenomenal game in his final turn suiting up for Colquitt County. The senior had 123 yards receiving and 90 yards on the ground and a touchdown from Chase Parrish. Parrish, playing while sick with what Propst called “a bacterial virus”, threw for 306 yards on 28-of-39 passing.

“Chase is a winner, he just wins games,” Propst said of his undefeated quarterback.

Colquitt QB Chase Parrish (4) holds the State Championship trophy with his teammates on the dais. Photo:Shine Rankin Jr. /SGSN

Colquitt QB Chase Parrish (4) holds the State Championship trophy with his teammates on the dais. Photo:Shine Rankin Jr. /SGSN

Roswell struck first when Quintarius Neely hit AJ Smith for an 81-yard touchdown on the game’s second play. The pass went just over the outstretched arms of the Colquitt defensive back into the waiting arms of Smith who took off untouched down the sidelines in front of a stunned Packer crowd. Turner Barckhoff added the PAT and the Hornets (14-1) led 7-0.

That lead would not last long however, as Colquitt stormed down the field in eight plays.  Parrish completed five passes to three different receivers and Pollard finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge in which he used a massive stiff arm on his way to the endzone. Baby Lou Martinez added the extra point to tie the score at seven with just under eight minutes left in the first quarter. The Hornets went three-and-out on their next possession and the Packers took over on their own 44. From there, Parrish hit Lee on a 30 yard pass play and then went to Shaun Bonner for seven. Lee hit left end for eight and Pollard finished the drive with another one yard power run to give Colquitt a 14-7 lead after Martinez connected on the PAT.

"Baby Lou" Martinez converted several field goals in the win over Roswell. Photo: Danielle Bundrick/SGSN

“Baby Lou” Martinez converted several field goals in the win over Roswell. Photo: Danielle Bundrick/SGSN

Roswell converted a field goal after a 10 play, 75-yard drive, but could not get seven after four attempts inside the Packer ten yard line. Barckhoff’s 22 yarder pulled the Hornets to within four at 14-10. After a trade of possessions, the Packers went on another nice drive that ended when Parrish hit Lee  for a 17-yard touchdown. Martinez gave Colquitt a 21-10 lead with 6:05 left in the half.

Roswell was able to cut the lead to one possession after an 84 yard drive stalled again inside the Packers’ five yard line. Barckhoff hit on his second field goal, a 20 yarder with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter.

The Packers took the ball in the second half and went on a 67 yard drive in an astounding 16 plays. Parrish completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards on the drive and when the drive stalled, Martinez kicked the first of his three second half field goals, with this particular one coming from 30 yards out. The second field goal came after an 18 play, 71-yard drive that stalled inside the Hornet 10. Martinez was true from 26, as the Packers extended the lead to 27-13 with 8:55 remaining in the contest.

Ty Lee flies for a first half TD. Photo: Danielle Bundrick/SGSN

Ty Lee flies for a first half TD. Photo: Danielle Bundrick/SGSN

Late in the fourth quarter, Roswell failed on their last ditch effort on their own end, and the Pack scored on another Martinez field goal, this one from 42 yards with 1:19 remaining in the fourth and final period to give the scoreboard its final tally at 30-13.

Colquitt had 440 yards of total offense, while Roswell amassed 395. Besides Lee’s 213 all-purpose game, Kiel Pollard added 80 yards on six catches, while Nate Powell had 55 yards on the ground. The Hornets were led by Sheldon Evans’ 104 yards on 21 carries. Neely was 15-of-30 for 232 yards. The Packers set an all-time scoring record for the highest classification with 700 total points scored, breaking their own record from last season (687).

 

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