Ty Lee ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass as No. 4 Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) survived Tift County’s upset bid, 41-33, Friday.
The biggest hurdle for the Packers (9-0) was stopping the strong left arm of Blue Devils sophomore quarterback Griffin Collier, who threw for 411 yards and four second-half touchdown passes.
Lee gave Colquitt a lead it never relinquished against Tift County (Tifton) when he went 32 yards off a pitch from Chase Parrish to put the Packers up 7-3 in the first quarter. His next score, off a 16-yard pass from Parrish, put the Packers up 14-3. When Colquitt’s Rafael Merritt ran 30 yards for a touchdown, the Packers led 21-3 in the first quarter.
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Shaun Bonner hauled in a Parrish pass with one hand for a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Luis Martinez hit a 39-yarder as the half expired and the Packers led 31-6.
That’s went Collier went to work for Tift County (5-4). He connected with R.J. Merriweather for a 77-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, then found Merriweather again a few moments later for an 11-yard strike to cut Colquitt’s lead to 38-20. On his next series, Collier connected on a 96-yard touchdown pass to Merriweather and Colquitt led only 38-26.
A 37-yard field goal by Martinez gave the Packers some breathing room, but in the waning moments of the game, Collier struck again, finding Fred Lloyd for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Fortunately for Colquitt, the Packers recovered the Blue Devils’ onside kick to end the threat.