NUC Hits the Road Colquitt County at Coffee (Scrimmage)
Douglas, Georgia – In their only real tune-up before the start of the regular season Defending GHSA AAAAAA State Champion Colquitt County downed Coffee 21-20 in a three quarter scrimmage. Leading the way for the Packers was the senior passing tandom Jay Saunders and Ty Powell. The two connected three times for 94 yards and two scores in the first half.
Typical of South Georgia football in August the scrimmage did not go unscathed as a severe pop-up thunderstorm caused over an hour delay at the 8:29 mark of the second quarter with the game tied at seven. But despite the long delay and a soggy field both schools decided to continue this very important test in order to work out the kinks.
Colquitt County came out of the gates looking like a well-oiled machine going 86 yards in just under four minutes to take an early 7-0 lead. The scoring drive was capped when Saunders hit Powell on a 32-yard strike down the left sideline. Saunders finished the first drive 5 of 6 for 72 yards.
Coffee could only muster one first down giving the ball back right back to the Packer quick strike attack. The Packers second drive stalled on the Coffee 32-yard line. Colquitt County came up just short on their 49-yard field goal attempt.
The Trojans finally got their offense in gear on their third possession of the game driving 75-yards for a score. The drive as capped by senior S/RB Y’darius Baker’s two-yard run. On the drive Coffee was able to convert two 4th-down opportunities; one by penalty the other on a nice catch by 250-pound senior DE/FB Undray Heller.
This is the point that Mother Nature decided to chase the over 2,000 Coffee faithful from the stands.
Colquitt County mounted its final drive of the half going 63-yards to extend its lead to 14-7 with just 1:02 left on the clock. Saunders again found his vertical threat Powell on a 48 yard touchdown pass.
Coffee almost gave up a late score just before the end of the half when senior signal caller Max Hughes was picked off by Packer defensive end Keontre Stubbs deep in their own territory.
After a three minute break between quarters the Trojans were finally able to get their potent rushing attack going. Senior tailback Meaty Davis carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown to knot the score at 14 with 8:25 left in the contest.
Saunders again went vertical in a critical third and long situation, this time finding junior Jonah Martin on a 72-yard pass down the three yard line. The only thing that prevented the touchdown was the all-out hustle play by junior defensive back Jarquavious Jefferson who raced 60-yards to catch Martin from behind.
But on the very next play Nigel Hillie punched it in giving the Packers a 21-14 lead with 7:13 left in the scrimmage.
Coffee came right back with dose of Meaty. After a nice kickoff return by Davis he then carried the ball four times for 28 yards and a score. The touchdown was set up by another 4th-down conversion when Hughes hit sophomore receiver Milton Jackson for 11-yards. Milton looks to have a bright future as he finished the contest with three catches for 60-yards.
With only 3:49 left Coach Robby Pruitt decided to treat this like a real game and go for the win. Unfortunately the Hughes pass slipped through the fingertips of his intended target ending the scoring.
Packer signal caller Saunders finished the contest 15 of 25 for 282 yards and two touchdown tosses. Senior wide outs Powell and Tay Ponder combined for eight catches for 166 yards and two scores.
For those waiting to hear about former Deerfield-Windsor tight end John Samuel Shenker, they will have to wait till next week. Shenker was held out of the scrimmage with a minor injury.
The Trojans were led by Davis who carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards and two scores, while catching two passes for 35 yards. He also had to fill in at defensive back as the Trojans were down two starting secondary personnel.
Defensively for the Trojans the busiest man on the gridiron was junior inside linebacker Jameon Gaskin who finished the game with eight tackles and a TFL.
Colquitt County kicks of their season next Saturday in the Georgia Dome at 5:45 versus Mill Creek in the Corky Kell Classic. This is a rematch of last year’s GHSA AAAAAA semifinal contest which saw the Packers runaway 52-31.
The Trojans kickoff their season this coming Friday in the Erk Russel Classic held at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern. The Trojans will lock horns with former region foe Effingham County at 8pm.