50-in-50: Colquitt County

Colquitt County Packers

2012 record: 10-4, lost to Norcross 41-27 in Class AAAAAA semifinals.

Starters returning: 6 offense, 9 defense

Key players lost: QB Cole Segraves, WR Bobby Hill (Ole Miss), OL Octavius Jackson (Florida), DB Johnny Ward (South Florida)

Key players returning: QB Daniel Mobley, WR Todd Boyd, OL Gabe Mobley, DL Jamiyus Pittman, DL Mike Parrish, LB Brandon Key, S Tim Sanders

Spring practice dates: May 7-23

Outlook: Colquitt County has lost to the eventual state champion in the semifinals or final each of the past four seasons. The ’13 team returns 15 players who started at some point last season, so there’s no reason to lower expectations. Colquitt has added Grayson and Hoover (Ala.) to the schedule, making it the strongest in Georgia if not the nation. Colquitt will be ranked in everybody’s top five in the AAAAAA preseason rankings.

Schedule:

8/24 vs. Grayson

8/30  at Hoover (Ala.)*

9/7 vs. Lovejoy

9/13 vs. Carver-Columbus

9/27 at Lowndes

10/4 vs. Tift County

10/18 vs. Brunswick

10/25 vs. Valdosta

11/1 at Coffee

11/8 at Camden County

*Game date uncertain after Colquitt failed to get approval to play Hoover on Labor Day (Sept. 2) because of the GHSA’s rule against two games in the same week.

Colquitt County will be commemorating its 100th year of football this fall. It also will be coach Rush Propst’s 25th season as a head coach. So the Packers apparently decided to celebrate by playing the toughest schedule in creation.

Check this out:

It starts with a scrimmage against defending Class AAAAAA champion Norcross. Next is 2011 champion Grayson in the Georgia Dome at the Corky Kelly Classic season opener.

Then comes Hoover, the Alabama school that became a national power under Propst, now in his sixth season in Moultrie. That would be a road game followed by a return trip to Moultrie by Lovejoy, the 2012 runner-up.

Then there is AAA power Carver-Columbus before the Packers open their Region 1-AAAAAA schedule at Lowndes and finish it at Camden County.

That’s six schools that have won state titles over the past decade (winning 14 state titles among them).

“This is probably as excited as I have been in some time about a football season,’’ said Propst, who cited the Packers’ centennial, his own personal health (nearly two years as a cancer survivor) and the daunting schedule. “We’re playing the toughest schedule in the state of Georgia. I don’t think there’s any question about that. It’s a challenging year for everybody with the games of that magnitude on our schedule, but it’s special for me, special for our school. There’s a lot of energy surrounding all that.’’

Colquitt has reached the semifinals or better each of the past four seasons, losing to four eventual state champions. Propst has the personnel to make another run at the title.

With spring practice coming next month, there are two major areas to address.

One is the coaching staff. Propst lost both of his coordinators – Jeff Hammond on offense to Foley (Ala.) and Travis Pearson on defense to the University of South Alabama. Propst promoted offensive line and strength coach Shawn Sutton as offensive coordinator and safeties coach Tracy Bukhannon as defensive coordinator.

Sutton had worked with Propst back in the days at Hoover. Buckhannon worked under Pearson as defensive coordinator when Pearson was a head coach in Alabama. Propst still has three or four hires to make.

The other issue is the offensive line. Center Gabe Mobley is an all-state candidate, and Cade Blackburn  started three games in 2012, but the Packers must  find three other lineman among a cast without little experience. Colquitt’s offensive line has been perhaps the most underrated aspect of the program’s recent success as there have been five Division I signees since 2009, and Mobley would make six.

The quarterback will be rising senior Daniel Mobley. He started three games in 2012 and had beaten out a pretty good incumbent in Cole Segraves (2,230 yards passing in 2013), but Mobley was injured late in the regular season and Segraves got hot.

But Propst remarkably high praise for a rising senior with only three starts. Mobley was 68-of-103 passing for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

‘’I’ve had a lot of good quarterbacks [including John Parker Wilson, who is in the NFL], but I wouldn’t trade any of them for Daniel Mobley,’’ Propst said. “He just has the it factor. He has a tremendous ability to throw with high accuracy, and he’s a winner.’’

Colquitt will graduate receiver Bobby Hill (84 catches, 1,115 yards), but three who are returning caught 25 or more balls including Todd Boyd (46-839).

Nine are back on defense. Mike Parrish and Jamiyus Pittman (offers from Florida, Ole Miss) are as good a pair of defensive lineman in the state. Propst considers safety Tim Sanders, linebacker Brandon Key and cornerback Quan Patillo potential D-1 recruits.

Colquitt County set a record last year with a fourth straight semifinal appearance in the highest class. No school has made five straight.

“We’ve stirred the pot every year,’’ Propst said. “We would like to tip it over one time.’’

22 comments Add your comment

Bill Cosby

April 15th, 2013
10:59 am

Mr.MTV hasn’t won anything in Georgia. Cold-Quit are wanna be winners. All those 22 year old transfer kids from the state of Alabama, And he still can’t win A Region title or State Title.

HSFAN

April 15th, 2013
11:32 am

Colquitt has done well. I think most teams would love to be considered want to be winners if they could have Colquitt.s record every year. If they keep knocking on the door, they will eventually win it all, I wish my team was knocking on the door every year or every once in a while. I think I remember reading they have less transfers than any team in 1-AAAAAA and are not even near the top team in 1-AAAAAA for transfers much less the state of Ga. Our metro Atlanta teams are far and away guiltier of recruiting and transfers. Sounds as though you are bitter toward Colquitt Bill, say what you want RP has been very successful in Ga so far…

Jefferson

April 15th, 2013
12:05 pm

They too can’t win the big one.

All that glitters ain't gold

April 15th, 2013
1:45 pm

Overrated!!!

Colquitt Fan

April 15th, 2013
7:07 pm

Some mad people posting in these comments. Haters gonna hate

FootballTopFan

April 15th, 2013
9:58 pm

FootballTopFan(c) would like to congratulate the Colquitt County Packers and Head Coach Rush Propst on a terrific high school program !!!

Celebrating their 100th year of football is quite an honor.

Coach Propst has been there for 25 years.

Colquitt will be a force in Class AAAAAA

Football Top Fan loves high school football.

coffeec100

April 16th, 2013
3:48 am

Bad mouth all you want folks. I don’t hear anyone inviting Colquitt for late supper on Friday night. Anyone who truly believes the Packers have not fielded a program capable of winning it all the last couple of years is either igorant, jealous or bitter.

coffeec100

April 16th, 2013
3:51 am

‘Igorant’ is a new word the essentially means the same as the word ‘ignorant’. Not many folks use it since its usage is often misinterpreted as ignorance

Metro Fan

April 16th, 2013
7:44 am

Winners never cheat, and cheaters never win… Dirtiest football program with the most unethical coach in the state! Coach Propst is interviewing assistants that can bring transfers with them like spouse-abuse Seagraves right now. I wouldn’t even mind the 22 year old transfers from Alabama since everyone recruits, but these kids don’t even attend class and end up back in Alabama with no credit after a wasted semester on Moultrie’s plantation/campus… Your program is a mockery! You have done nothing to earn haters, either, Colquitt Fan. Win some hardware before getting defensive when people tell you how it is.

TJ4pres

April 16th, 2013
11:29 am

Hate them or love them…got to take notice this season. They will make it deep in the playoffs. It all starts with Grayson in the dome and will probably end season there as well.

GoPackGo

April 16th, 2013
11:36 am

It’s nice to be hated. It means you are doing something right. They New York Yankees are hated. The Florida Gators are hated. Win and you are hated. GO PACK GO!

Colquitt Fan

April 16th, 2013
2:08 pm

Cheating metro? You sound like a fan of a team we’ve sent home in the playoffs. There’s not a player that has come to Colquitt that wasn’t approved by ghsa, an they hate Propst. So get over it. You sound like a crybaby. C’mon man. There’s not many programs better than colquitts right now. Knocking on the door EVERY single year.

WildHawg2012

April 16th, 2013
4:45 pm

Man i think the hating would start this early but hey we will take it.All i know is that its going to be a long night for every team we play this year but then again everyone in Ga already knows this.The only thing that might be able to stop the pack this year is the injury bug.If we can avoid this then the pack will start and end at the dome.I do understand that the game is played and won on the field and Hoover will be a strong test as well as some teams in our region but this has to be our year but we shall see.GoPackGo!!

SnakeW84

April 16th, 2013
8:14 pm

A great coach who put his team in the right situation every year. As a former Colquitt player on the 2011 team the toughest schedules help us in the playoffs bc we believe in the system he preach to us everyday. We not super human but we always a pretty good damn team but we cant help it wen we’re tired with a bulls eye on our back. That’s where people fail to realized they’re all just kids who just enjoying a sport they love

Ed Pilcher

April 17th, 2013
12:13 am

Colquitt……..The arrogance of Valdosta, but with the trophy case of…..well, Colquitt! Seriously, nobody builds a museum for the football program with one (1) state title in 100 years of football. Only at Colquitt Co.

DOSTA DAWG

April 17th, 2013
1:52 pm

Colquitt coach claims the regular season doesn’t mean anything and it’s just a practice for the playoffs. However, I have to believe he would surely like to beat Valdosta and Lowndes in the same season. 1-4 against both teams in his Colquitt career.

the truth

April 17th, 2013
10:54 pm

Ah Valdosta, where the slogan now is We Used to Be Winnersville. Ed Pilcher, you need to clean the tarnish and dust off of the trophy case in Valdosta because those trophies are pretty old. I guess those trophies are good for remembering the good old days now that Valdosta can not even get out of the first round of the playoffs. There is not a lot of difference between Colquitt’s last championship in ‘94 and Valdosta’s in ‘98. They were both a long time ago.
I am not a fan of Rush Propst but you can not argue with the success. District is nice and it is good to get the home games, but the ultimate goal is the state championship. Propst is closer to succeeding on the road, where Valdosta and Lowndes are failing on their home fields.

Fred

April 18th, 2013
7:39 am

Ignore Colquitt at your peril! They are a good strong team with an explosive offense. Propst has not won in Ga but he will most likely break through sometime. I am amused by the Packer fans that claim a region title means nothing and then complain because the Packers are always on the road in the playoffs.

jess

April 18th, 2013
6:39 pm

Coach Propst, can get them fired up even though he might import athelets from other states. He might have temper tandrums and cost the bd.of ed.$ 10,000.00, for the mess he made in the dressing room at the dome but if you want a winner turn your back and shut up.

sportsnut

April 19th, 2013
7:20 am

Here we go. Until your team is capable of stopping Colquit, HUSH ! Much has been said and much more will be said about the coach, transfers or what ever, truth is, they play ball. This sounds like a banner year for them with all the returning talent. For me, Sept. 7th will show what they have. I will again make the trip to see the game played in the city park field.

Welcome back to The Show-Me Show.

sportsnut

April 19th, 2013
7:33 am

From GPB: 1) Norcross
2) Colquit
3)N. Cobb
4) N. Gwinnett
5) McEachern
6) Lowndes
7) Peachtree Ridge
8) Walton
9)Hillgrove
10) Wheeler

Catdoc

April 21st, 2013
4:34 pm

Propst is a cheat. Always has been and always will be. You folks are crazy to have him around your children.