Colquitt County 30, McEachern 28

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Cole Seagraves traveled four hours away from home to find redemption.

Colquitt County’s senior quarterback passed for a school-record 354 yards and rushed for another 46 as the Packers (8-3), the fourth seed from Region 1AAAAAA, held on to edge McEachern (8-3), 30-28, at Walter H. Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs.

Seagraves was once one of the state’s hottest recruits as a junior. But when he struggled early this season, he was replaced as the starter and eventually ended up in a platoon at the position with junior Daniel Mobley. But with Mobley out with a shoulder injury, the job was all Seagraves on Friday night. He did not disappoint.

He hit on his first seven passes in leading the Packers to a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter. On its first possession, after McEachern began the scoring with a 39-yard field goal by Dennis Dominquez, Colquitt marched 76 yards in nine plays out of a variety of spread formations. Seagraves banged in from four yards out to put the Packers up 7-3.

McEachern answered with a long drive of its own, 71 yards in 10 plays, with quarterback Ty Clemons hitting Trey Scott in the back of the endzone from 13 yards out to put the Indians up 10-7. But Colquitt went ahead for good on its next possession. Seagraves led a 12-play, 80-yard drive that John Boatwright punctuated with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-10, Packers.

After the teams exchanged field goals, Seagraves gave his team a little breathing room when he hit Todd Boyd along the near sideline, and Boyd did the rest – breaking a tackle and then outrunning the McEachern secondary for a 52-yard touchdown that put the Packers up 24-13 with just 2 minutes left in the third quarter.

But the Region 1AAAAAA champs wouldn’t go away. Senior quarterback Ty Griffin led the Indians on a quick scoring drive and scored from four yards out, and then added a two-point conversion run to pull the Indians to within 24-21.

But Seagraves went to work again. He led an 80-yard march, which began with him completing four consecutive passes. Boatwright capped the drive with his second short touchdown run of the game, a 2-yarder, to increase the Colquitt lead to 30-21.

Seagraves completed 22-of-28 passes on the night, 11 going to Ole Miss commit Bobby Hill, who had 158 yards receiving. Seagraves tied the record that was set by Tyler Brown in the 2010 AAAAA state final, which Colquitt lost 52-38.

The Packers will remain on the road next week when they face Newnan in the second round.

Colquitt County 7 10 7 6 30

McEachern 10 0 3 15 28

M – Dennis Dominguez 39 fg

C – Cole Seagraves 4 run (William Bannister kick)

M – Trey Scott 13 pass from Ty Clemons (Dominguez kick)

C – John Boatwright 1 run (Bannister kick)

C – Tyler Yost 29 fg

M – Dominguez 28 fg

C – Todd Boyd 52 pass from Seagraves (Bannister kick)

M – Ty Griffin 4 run (Ty Griffin run)

C — Boatwright 2 run (kick failed)

M – Ty Griffin 3 run (Dominquez kick)

23 comments Add your comment

Squirrell

November 17th, 2012
8:24 am

Thanks for being a FINE Host last night.

McEachern has a a classey program, great team and had a great year!

Should be proud of your season!

Hold your heads up!

It’s just “football”!

OldManPACKERFan!

sportsnut

November 17th, 2012
8:45 am

Congrats Colquit for pulling it out. Maybe we will meet again.

Camden03

November 17th, 2012
8:54 am

@sportsnut I think yall will beat marietta. Grayson looks like a tall task but it only takes one off night in the playoffs… I wish you luck…. Since you’re on the other side of the bracket. Lol

Sideline Dude

November 17th, 2012
9:39 am

All is well with the region 1 AAAAAA playoff teams. Colquitt (& now Camden) is left to carry the banner for South Georgia as Lowndes & Valdosta have made their customary early exits. Can you believe how bad Valdosta was beaten? A regular old country whupping!

GoBigBlue!

November 17th, 2012
10:50 am

Nice job Colquit, wish you the best in the upcoming games. I’m very proud of the way our Indians :) On to basketball or wrestling…

westcobb5

November 17th, 2012
11:13 am

Congrats Colquit and good luck the rest of the way.

Great season Indians. It was fun watching you from the Kell classic through last night. Going to miss Friday’s at Cantrell Stadium, though already looking forward to another great season next year.

IndianPride

November 17th, 2012
11:25 am

To the Indians, hold your heads high, it was a great season although a lot of doubters thought we could only win 3 games, you proved them wrong with 5 more times. To the class of 2014, 2015, and 2016; it’s up to you to carry on, move forward, and do great things. To Marietta and North Cobb way to represent Cobb last night. So very proud of our cross town rivals and I will definitely root for you to make it to the “ship”. To Colquitt County, y’all played a great game and the best team won last night, Good Luck with the rest of your season. To all the bloggers on AJC y’all have been fun and at times enlightening. Good luck to your teams and I wish you a great rest of 2012. See you at the Dome in 2013!

waynester

November 17th, 2012
11:28 am

Everybody at McEachern were super nice and their facilities–wow–pretty impressive. Not trying to be a jerk, but what’s up with the tiny turn-out to support a region champion in the playoffs? Not complaining, but we were in and out of the stadium area in less than 3 minutes even after hanging out for a while…the crowd was THAT small. McE’s fans that did show up were plenty fired up(they oughta be–they’ve got a dang good team) but they were just about out-numbered by the CC bunch. Go Pack Go!!!

westcobb5

November 17th, 2012
12:00 pm

@waynester – - the crowd was much, much larger last week for the Hillgrove game, but speaking for myself, I think the community in general could do a better job of supporting the Indians. In my opinion, with the quality of their facilities and the quality of their football program, there should be 15k in that stadium for every game. But that’s just me.

IndianPride

November 17th, 2012
12:06 pm

I agree the crowd turn out was small, a contributing factor could be, the cold, it was on TV, and some due to media hype thought Colquitt would blow us out. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.

westcobb5

November 17th, 2012
12:13 pm

My final thoughts.

At the end of the day, football should be fun. It’s entertainment, though it has many additional positive benefits, especially to those who play. And while winning is a lot more fun than losing, the sun always comes up the day after a loss.

Three years ago McEachern lost a disappointing first round game to Brookwood, after going undefeated in the regular season. Three months later we learned how insignificant that loss was in the grand scheme of things. Football is a game. Life is real.

KEEP 5 ALIVE.

IndianPride

November 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

@westcobb most eloquently put! Thanks for your words of encouragement to not only the tribe but the community of powder springs! See you next year!

TheKing

November 17th, 2012
2:05 pm

@WestCobb @Waynenester @IndianPride. I was at the Hillgrove game last week and was a bit surprised at the turn out on the McEachern side. Now Waynester, this is seeming to be a metro issue all together. With the school systems building mega schools, 3-5 miles apart from each other, it is dividing the communities and splitting the support. It is a serious issue in Dekalb Co. Dominant programs that usually pull in about 8-12K fans aren’t doing it anymore. I remember the SWD vs McEachern Games back in the 90’s and they were always standing room only games. Congrats to both of the programs though.

waynester

November 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

thanks for the thoughtful responses fellas. After I posted, I spoke with a friend over in Marietta who was at the Hillgrove game(his kids go there)and he said that was a bigger game(I understand cross-town rivalries) and also about the re-districting decreasing the available talent pool. I take it ya’ll lost a player tragically since no 5 was mentioned. There’s little worse than a young person lost. Way to rise above it and keep his memory alive….

Goldblooded

November 17th, 2012
3:06 pm

Great season Indians! Proud of what you accomplished.

@waynester- not sure where the fans were….I think TV was a big factor. However, because we have a separate student section and band section, that tends to make the home crowd look smaller in those big ole bleachers. Still in all, the crowd just wasn’t there last night. Appreciate the comments about the campus. We are very proud of it.

Looking forward to next season already!

packerchick

November 17th, 2012
4:08 pm

McEachern’s stadium is amazing! A great place for a game.

You never know who is going to win a game…that’s why we play them. Last night could have gone either way. McEachern has a good team. We were fortunate to win.

Congratulations Packers on the win! Go Pack Go!!

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Stooge

November 17th, 2012
5:21 pm

That was a close one and we almost walked off the field with a loss. It was heading that way when Bull snatched that pass and the clock ran out. It was clear that they were trying to get set up for a kick. Both teams fought hard and McEachern deserves credit for making us earn that win.

waynester

November 17th, 2012
5:36 pm

Everyone on the CC was holding their breaths, hoping the ME Kicker would stay on the sidelines—I heard he was going to kick at a Div 1 school—where’s he headed and how can we get him over here in Athens?

westcobb5

November 17th, 2012
5:59 pm

@waynester. You’re probably thinking of last year’s kicker, Nicholas St. Germain, who’s now playing for South Carolina. McEachern struggled a bit with the kicking game this year, but did get better each week. Realistically, odds weren’t exactly in our favor even if we did get a shot from that far out. Bottom line, though, is that Colquit played a great game and did what they had to do to win.

R31768

November 17th, 2012
7:30 pm

McEachern has a great football team. You guys should be proud.

N5672

November 17th, 2012
8:24 pm

Colquitt fans taking Newnan too lightly. I’ve seen nobody speak on them yet… Just assuming they are going to the third round

waynester

November 17th, 2012
9:43 pm

I’m just not familiar with Newnan’s program–maybe some other Packer fans are looking past them but I doubt the team is looking at anything other than the next opponent….

High 5

November 18th, 2012
3:31 am

Folks, that’s why Colquitt Co. usually wins on the road, because they never look past anyone in the playoffs. Their main focus is the team they are playing. The PACK never look past anyone! Don’t confuse the fans blogging with the mind set of the team!