By Michael Alpert
For the AJC
Colquitt County’s three touchdowns in a span of two minutes and 40 seconds in the third quarter turned a touchdown deficit into a 31-15 victory over host Parkview in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals.
Colquitt’s first victory in its last four games against Parkview advanced it to face Norcross in next week’s semifinals, the Packers’ fourth consecutive season at least that far.
“This never gets old. Just the places and times change,” Packers coach Rush Propst said of the run toward repeating Colquitt’s only state championship of 1994.
Colquitt, fourth-seeded from Region 1-AAAAAA, spotted Parkview a touchdown in the second quarter, before quickly turning the tables. Three plays after Cole Segraves’ 4-yard touchdown run tied the game with 8:51 left in the third quarter, Tim Sanders made the second of three Colquitt interceptions, and a snap later Segraves passed 35 yards to Bobby Hill for a 14-7 lead the Packers wouldn’t relinquish. Parkview fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, and three plays thereafter, Toddarian Boyd caught Segraves’ second scoring pass for a 21-7 advantage with 6:11 still left in the third.
The Packers (10-3) led 24-7 on William Banister’s 38-yard field goal with 1:28 to go in the third and held their biggest advantage, 31-7, on John Boatright’s 2-yard run with 9:23 to play. Parkview (9-4) pulled within the final margin on Richard Walker’s 6-yard run and Shaq Vereen’s conversion reception as time wore down.
Parkview led 7-0 at halftime, but might have by more, had the third seed from Region 8-AAAAAA not failed on two opportunities deep in Colquitt territory. The Panthers surrendered their initial possession on a failed fourth-and-4 attempt at Colquitt’s 26-yard line and threw their first interception on third-and-goal from the 3 with 15 seconds left in the half.
The Panthers cashed in one possession in the first half, a 90-yard drive sustained by Colquitt’s offsides penalty on fourth-and-inches and capped by Vereen’s 3-yard run 4:33 before intermission. The drive featured the half’s biggest play, Rob Youngblood’s 38-yard bomb to Mac Marshall at Colquitt’s 4, three plays before Vereen’s scoring run.
Panthers coach Cecil Flowe knew avoiding turnovers in Parkview’s first quarterfinal since 2005 was vital, but his team succumbed to three interceptions and a fumble.
“You can’t make mistakes and turn the ball over and move on, not at this level,” he said.
COLQUITT COUNTY 31, PARKVIEW 15
Colquitt County: 0 0 24 7 – 31
Parkview: 0 7 0 8 – 15
P — Shaq Vereen 3 run (Tyler Stephenson kick)
CC — Cole Segraves 4 run (William Bannister kick)
CC — Bobby Hill 35 pass from Segraves (Bannister kick)
CC — Toddarian Boyd 10 pass from Segraves (Bannister kick)
CC — Bannister 38 FG
CC — John Boatright 2 run (Bannister kick)
P — Richard Walker 6 run (Vereen pass from Rob Youngblood)