Colquitt County Packers ready for the next step

The Colquitt County Packers getting ready to rush the field to start the 2013 season. / Jon Benson

During the 2012 season and the 2013 season the Colquitt County Packers football team managed to make it to the playoffs only to fall short of the state championship game. The Packers finished in 2012 with an overall record of 10-4 when they lost to Norcross in the semifinals game. Then in 2013 Colquitt County finished with an overall record of 11-3 before falling once again to Norcross in the semifinals game. Senior running back Sihiem King still thinks about both of nights.

King said, "We are hungry for that state title and for the last two seasons we were so close, but this year is it for me and we are ready to bring home the title."

The Packers open up their season on the road in the Corky Kell Classic on Saturday against Mill Creek. The biggest test for Colquitt County entering the game is seeing how the defensive secondary responds to Mill Creek's offense. The Packers lost all four starting secondary players to graduation, so they will be looking for their strong returning linebacker core to step up.

On offense Head Coach Rush Propst will be taking over the play calling and the man running the plays will be junior quarterback Chase Parrish. This is Parrish's first year starting under center for the Packers but he was able to get in some heavy reps last year behind starter Daniel Mobley.

Parrish said, "We have been working on being explosive and we are going to be a fast pace offense, and I am just ready to get the season started on Saturday."

The team leaves on Friday to head up to McEachern High School in Atlanta to play against Mill Creek High School on Saturday.

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