By Ricky Dimon
In a Class AAAAAA quarterfinal, Colquitt County surged to a 28-3 lead at halftime and had a 35-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter before Dacula scored two late touchdowns with a running clock. The visiting Packers amassed 402 yards of total offense and Daniel Mobley passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Mobley opened the scoring early and often in the first quarter with touchdown passes to Todd Boyd and Kiel Pollard. He hit Boyd from 29 yards out and Pollard for a 54-yard scoring strike. Sihiem King had a 53-yard touchdown run for Colquitt County and appeared to score on a 44-yarder only to have it called back. King eventually tacked on his second scoring jaunt from 36 yards away just prior to halftime after the Packers had extended their drive with a successful fake punt.
Tim Sanders plunged into the endzone from two yards away early in the fourth quarter before Dacula mounted its inconsequential fourth-quarter charge. The Falcons, who first got on the scoreboard with a field goal in the second quarter after Colquitt County scored the game’s first 21 points, tried to make things interesting in the fourth by scoring off consecutive turnovers. Nick Mollica returned an interception 72 yards before Aaron Grove threw a touchdown pass to Kelan Fraise. Bryce Bartlett returned an interception 27 yards for a score on the Colquitt County’s first play of its ensuing possession. However, the Packers safely recovered an onside kick and Mobley rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to account for the final margin.
The Packers are through to the state semifinals for a fifth consecutive season. They are now set for a rematch with Norcross, which won a 2012 semifinal showdown between the two teams 41-27 on its way to the Class AAAAAA title.