North Gwinnett 16, Colquitt County 14

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

North Gwinnett junior kicker Michael D’Angola calmly drilled a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bulldogs to a 16-14 win over Colquitt County, Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Game 3 of the Corky Kell Classic.

North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire said he and his staff never mentioned the 17-7 loss, at home, that his Bulldogs suffered at the hands of Colquitt County last season in the second round of the state playoffs.

He didn’t have to.

“We studied the film so we could prepare, but that was it,” Sphire said. “This is high school football and it’s important to these kids. They want to compete with the best. I’m sure [the loss] was on their minds, but eveything was unsaid.”

The Bulldogs let their play and effort do the talking in the rematch. North Gwinnett’s defense was stout throughout the contest, holding the Packers to less than half of the 30 points per game they averaged last season.

“It was an unbelievable effort,” Sphire said. “We did the same thing last year. I can’t say enough about the way [the defense] played.”

Offensively, along with D’Angola’s heroics, Bulldog junior quarterback Michael Haynes outdid his more heralded counterpart, Colquitt’s Cole Segraves, who is being recruited by several FBS (formerly Division 1A) schools. Haynes completed 13-of-20 passes for 125 yards with one interception, while Segraves was 10-of-23 for 124 yards and two interceptions.

“Micheal’s a great athlete, a heck of a baseball player,” Sphire said. “He misses a lot of time in the spring and summer because he plays baseball, so he’s been a bit of a project. But he competes and he came up big for us.”

Haynes also rushed 12 times for 51 yards, and saved his biggest run for when the Bulldogs really needed it. Trailing 14-13 with 1:42 left in regulation time and no timeouts, North Gwinnett took over on its 46 yard line. Haynes hit receivers Nate Brown and Russell King, both juniors, for gains of 10 and 11 yards, respectively, but neither player could get out of bounds.

On the next play, with :46 seconds left, Haynes rolled to his left, tucked the ball away and sprinted 22 yards down the far sideline before he was knocked out of bounds at the Packers’ 11 yard line. Haynes was sacked for a loss to the 17 yard line on the next play by Colquitt defensive end Jamiyus Pittman.

But with the clock ticking down, the Bulldog field goal unit sprinted on to the field, lined up properly, and D’Angola did the rest, nailing the 34-yarder with plenty of room to spare. In a cruel bit of irony, earlier in the fourth quarter Pittman, who was dominant at times, dropped an easy two-point conversion pass on a “tackle eligible” play after Deonte McCain scored from five yards out to give Colquitt a 14-13 lead at the nine minute mark.

Colquitt County 3 2 3 6 14

North Gwinnett 7 0 6 3 16

CC – Roberto Vega 43 fg

NG – Andrew Westbrook 32 fumble return (Michael D’Angola kick)

CC – Safety; Hayden Sphire sacked in end zone by O’Shay Williams

CC – Vega 30 fg

NG – Donnie Miles 77 run (pass failed)

CC – Deonte McCain 5 run (pass failed)

NG – D’Angola 34 fg

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Coffee Trojan#44

August 25th, 2012
7:27 pm

WOW! Colquitt looked horrible.

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Razor

August 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

BEEN TELLING EVERYONE THAT COLQUITT IS NOT THAT GOOD! Here’s proof

Titletown USA

August 25th, 2012
7:54 pm

They hyped up the Cole Seagraves kid too much…he is not that effective on the move as in the case with several R1 QBs this year…..these coaches are not allowing the most athletic kids play that position.

NGHS 09

August 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

Keep thinking that Colquitt isn’t good region 1 fans lol

5-Time

August 25th, 2012
8:00 pm

They’re not gonna win the Region 1-AAAAAA Title this year executing like that….

Colquitt Supporter

August 25th, 2012
8:00 pm

Congrats NGHS. You guys did what you had to in the last 5 minutes.

NGHS 09

August 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

NG found their identity, but Colquitt will be ready by playoff time.

5-Time

August 25th, 2012
8:09 pm

Hopefully Region 1 can go 1-1 at the “CKC”

Jammer

August 25th, 2012
8:14 pm

Hopefully Colquitt got all the trash playing out of there system today. They looked flat all day cept for the play of a few indivisuals. I don’t know why they didn’t go for the field goal in the first half on that fourth down, they would given the ball back on the 20 if we had missed it.

Camden is looking really good so far in this game

Sugar Hill Dawg

August 25th, 2012
8:18 pm

There was a time North would’ve been totally outclassed by such a tough opponent. Since Coach Sphire’s been in charge, the Dogs have become the team to be feared. Both teams looked like they were playing their first game of the season, but I’ll take a sloppy “W” any day! Sweet revenge for the hounds! (Looks like our friends on the other side of Suwanee are getting their heads handed to them by another 1AAAAAA team: 21 – 0 at the half.)

NGHS 09

August 25th, 2012
8:34 pm

@ Jammer…Colquitt’s first FG should have never happened. There was no muffled punt. It was illegal contact and the refs blew the call, just like the TD pass by NG that got called back. Terrible officiating.

NGHS 09

August 25th, 2012
8:35 pm

NG also had an opportunity to kick a field goal on their first drive.

grayram

August 25th, 2012
8:39 pm

Colquitt could not get there offense too wait until the ball was snapped to go. They had a ton of false starts. North’s QB really played a good game.
Colquitts QB took a pop early in the game and looked a little shaky the rest of the way.

@5-time They didn’t win the region last year either but come playoff time they will be hard to handle.

whoz53

August 25th, 2012
8:44 pm

Its early. Colquitt County has great tradition and a huge following. They play in what I call the TOUGHEST region in the country. Camden – Lowndes – Valdosta and Colquitt will beat each other up during the regular season an limp into the playoffs. Newcomer Camden will get to see what South Ga Football is all about.

5-Time

August 25th, 2012
8:49 pm

Good point….But this is what I’m saying – They are favored to win the Region Title this year as opposed to last year….They still can, but not by what I saw today.

GoPackGo

August 25th, 2012
9:07 pm

Great game North Gwinnett. Don’t count the Packers out. I think we are all SHOCKED that our defense played so well and the offense….well SUCKED. If the defense continues this the rest of the year, we may be WAY better than anticipated. Propst will get the offense on track. Hats off to the Bulldogs!!

Fred

August 25th, 2012
9:34 pm

Interesting game. Lots of basic execution errors in not just this game but all of them. I started counting in the Grayson game and through halftime in the Camdem/PTR game there had been 17 bad snaps! Amazing! I know this is the first game of the season but really! I thought Rush wasn’t going to have a cow when he had to call time out to avoid a delay penalty. I know he was wishing he had that time out back later in the quarter. I was really surprised that Seagraves did not look sharper than he did. I could tell that he is a great athlete but seemed to struggle today.

5-Time

August 25th, 2012
9:36 pm

GoPackGo….I think a certain individual has a bone to pick with you!! It’s gonna be a “Mouth Full”….

yo

August 25th, 2012
9:37 pm

Under Propst Colquit is usually a slow starter but strong finisher. Don’t know why but it seems to be a given. Having said that Colquit will have a lot of improving to do to even look by the end of the season as good as Camden looked in their first game of the season.

GoPackGo

August 25th, 2012
9:43 pm

What type of bone? We got our asses handed to us. No excuses at all. I am man enough to admit it. That was UGLY!!!! Penalties, turnovers, etc. VERY undisciplined football by the Packers. If they don’t work things out…they won’t make the playoffs.

Camden74

August 25th, 2012
9:46 pm

Colquitt Fans! Just another case of RANKINGS INTOXICATION!!!! I still believe Colquitt is the team to beat in Region 1 6A……. Go Camden County Wildcats!!!! :-D

almamater

August 25th, 2012
10:22 pm

I was hoping Colquitt would get the win for R1-6A, but hey things happen. I’m sure they will get it together.

BigDave

August 26th, 2012
12:10 am

Valdosta will win 1AAAAAA

5-Time

August 26th, 2012
12:15 am

Either them or Lowndes lol….

Camden74

August 26th, 2012
12:52 am

I’m really happy you guys are over looking Camden! :-D

CoffeeC100

August 26th, 2012
3:48 am

I don’t think they are overlooking Camden. It’s obvious they have completely damn forgotten that Camden is even in the region. Not to mention that neither Valdosta nor Lowndes has yet to play a real game this year. Camden looked very good today. Colquitt was a little shameful to watch. Yes it is going to be tougher for Camden in 1-6A but from what I saw today they are at the very least just as good as any team in 1-6A. See you guys the fist weekend in October.

@ You Camden folks. We in 1-6A always rag on each other. No matter what. Come on and join in the fun.

GO TROJANS!!

SuwaneeFB_Fan

August 26th, 2012
7:23 am

CORRECTION: The person who scored on the 32 yard fumble recovery for North was Tony Bradford not Andrew Westbrook. Tony’s uniform number changed after the roster was printed. He had an outstanding game and deserves the recognition.

Gamer

August 26th, 2012
7:45 am

I watched them all! I saw no team that can stand up to Camden.

pioneer

August 26th, 2012
7:56 am

Exactly, Gamer. I’m no fan but Camden is in a different world. Hope the seeding has Wildcats vs Grayson in the final this year.

Rubin_Hood

August 26th, 2012
9:12 am

One game does not make a season. Some of these teams may not even make it out of the region let alone state. Big time offense is nice, but a balanced team that gets better as the season moves along is the one to keep an eye on.

northga fb

August 26th, 2012
9:43 am

There is still time for Rush Probst to come up with more excuses and who to blame (playing on a NFL sideline?). Thought I had heard it all. Come On Man!

reggaeman

August 26th, 2012
11:04 am

I think Camden will win the region and state this year, playing in region 1 they won’t have the luxury in getting their reserves in the game like years past

DawgFan

August 26th, 2012
11:09 am

Great job Dogs!!! North Gwinnett will be a force this year. Our D is as great as ever, and our offense may be even better than the last few years. When we hear announcers and the media commenting on how we are down in talent this year, we just have to laugh because this might be the most talented all-around team we’ve ever had. We may not have a bunch of “4 star” recruits, but every kid who is starting and many on the bench could play D1 ball either at the FBS or FCS level.

Even though we lost most of our coaching staff, the Sphire / Dixon combo is unequalled in high school football. These guys are amazing, and they get the most out of their talent every single year. Kudos to the coaches!

Our play calling was extremely conservative in the first half, mostly because we had terrible field position all night, and I’m sure Sphire was trying to give our QB a chance to settle in. Colquitt’s D is one of the best in GA. We were getting no yards after catch and kept coming up with 3rd and 1. Things got fun when we fell behind late, as Coach Sphire opened it up and let quarterback Michael Haynes show what he can do. He throws rifle-shots around the field and then kills you with his legs. He avoided numerous sacks and made several key runs for first downs. He stayed calm under pressure and looked like a 4 year starter, not a first-game starter. The one minute drill at the end of the game is the kind of opportunity QBs dream of.

The O line is solid at both run blocking and pass blocking. The backs picked up all the blitzes. They didn’t have a great night running the football, but they will develop. The receiving chor may not be blazingly fast, but they are smart, find holes in the defense, and have great hands.

Colquitt is a very good team. They were sloppy tonight on O. But people don’t realize how good North’s D is, and how the blitzing and stunting from all angles causes offenses to panic. That’s what happened last night, but CC will get it together. They will compete in their region, they will make the playoffs, and they could go far.

I’m not sure how the rosters got all screwed up at the game, but Michael Haynes and Russell King
are both seniors, not juniors. And SuwaneeFB_Fan is right, Tony Bradford had such a great game, and they called his name wrong all night on TV because of the roster screw up. There were many other roster mistakes as well with freshmen getting their names called out instead of the actual senior starters. It was the first production of the season so I guess everyone was sloppy, but to ScoreATL or whoever was responsible for coordinating the rosters, please do a better job next time!

sportsnut

August 26th, 2012
11:43 am

I told you all that North would not lay down for Colquit. I bet Coffee is licking their chops after watching the game. I stated much earlier of a possible scenario that had Colquit starting 0-2. Grayson is not what I thought. Although they won, I did not see the dominating “D” that is supposed to exist. They do not have a passing game and that will cost you when you play a team with a run-stopping defense. You must be able to keep the D honest. Camden on the other hand looked very good. They will be the team to beat in Region 1-6A if Colquit is deemed to be the “class of the region”. One thing tough, they have a starting left guard that is 5′10, 165 lbs. This will not work ! This will allow any team with a tenacious DE to have a very big impact on what they want to do offensively. Kell played a good game and needs to work on the mental issues. With those Db’s, the front 7 should put their ears back and get after some people. Walton has a special player and any time you have what they do, it makes things a little easier. Tyren Jones is in a class all to himself and if he stays healthy, Walton will be there.

bksmith14

August 26th, 2012
1:04 pm

colquitt,.as i have said all along is not the team they are made out to be……..stop hill……….you stop colquitt bc boatright is not an elite running back by any means………colquitt has size but they dont have the speed they had last year excpet for a few players

stephensonfinest

August 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

hands down the best looking team from region 16A is camden…they look like there were in mid season form already…Colquit didn’t look that good to me..NG had a sloppy game but they had some moments where you could see that they have a chance at state this year…GRAYSON SUCKS if we are measuring them the standard that are contending for a national title..MIAMI CENTRAL will win by to scores or more that is a promise

REGION 6AAAAA THE BEST IN THE STATE

squirrell

August 26th, 2012
5:21 pm

Except for the long TD run by Miles, Packer D looked pretty good.

Packer Offense looked horrible!

Bad coaching! Could have won th game with a FG attempt instead of going for the TD pass in the first half.

Maybe we can get it together before Region play.

Camden74

August 26th, 2012
5:32 pm

This is kind of funny! It’s the first game of the season, it’s possible to finish 9-1 you know…… :-)

BigDave

August 26th, 2012
6:02 pm

Sportsnut,Lassiter will knock Walton down a few notches. Don’t forget this Friday Walton plays McEachern. McEachern will give Walton a much better game than Peachtree Ridge

DawgFan

August 26th, 2012
7:06 pm

BigDave, first, Hillgrove will knock Lassiter down a few notches.

sportsnut

August 26th, 2012
8:12 pm

@BigDave -== I am not sure anyone can stop Tyren Jones. If the Trojans can contain him, they have a chance. Me, I’m waiting for Sept. 7th when Lovejoy travels to Colquit County. I know Hillgrove and McEachern will come out of that region but who else will represent ? Campbell won this past week but it was against Morrow, who have won maybe 5 games in 6 years.

bksmith14

August 26th, 2012
10:12 pm

peachtree ridge was not prepared to shut down the wing t………its not easy to shut down……..they dont go up against it in practice everday………they also did not have the speed to match up with camden on either side the ball……….with that said……..camden is good……..they always are…..but they are going to find out things arent going to be a cakewalk anymore real soon……..i expect them to hang in there though and be a contender…..

colquitt……at this poinit…….i am not to overly concerned about them…..they look out of sort…..and losing the players that they did showed saturday……..but they will get better and be tough…and they will contend as well……….Its about matchups……..some teams match up better against others……sometimes speed outdoes size……….and sometimes vice versa…….

cccrazy

August 26th, 2012
10:33 pm

Sucked it up and just went back and watched the game on Tivo. Both defenses looked really good. But we were lucky, though. That pass in the first quarter looked like a TD, then they had a chance for a second TD or FG in 3rd Q, but we made a nice pick. The difference maker in the second half was North Gwinnett QB Michael Haynes who basically just took over the game. Anyone know who is recruiting him?

Big Time Recruiter

August 27th, 2012
7:49 am

@ cccrazy
I think Georgia Perimeter is recruiting him.

Flyer

August 27th, 2012
8:26 am

@cccrazy– Michael Haynes is getting some looks from some Ivy league schools. He is a very good baseball player as well as an excellent student.

North Gwinnett Fan

August 27th, 2012
12:35 pm

North played a good game. I do not understand why North had a quarterback switch on the safety to a QB that had no varsity experience. It almost jeopardized the game for us.
North has another issue also. We can not go far with the starting tailback also being the starting DB. He will be tired at the end of every game. Get another DB. We need Miles in the back field.

cat doc

August 27th, 2012
6:30 pm

I can’t stand Propst, so I don’t like the Pack. Looked weak from where I was at.

border dweller

August 27th, 2012
6:58 pm

Colquitt will get better, there’s no doubt there. Russ will again go back over to Alabama and get a few more 5th-year seniors…

SnakeW84

August 27th, 2012
9:26 pm

Colquitt County is a playoff team bc that’s the only time you see play worth a crap and have a fear of losing. So don’t be surprise to see a run at the end of the season…