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M.L. King rallies past Harrison

November 15, 2010
Colquitt County Sr High School

By Wayne Grandy of 'The Moultrie Observer'

MOULTRIE - After an 0-3 start to the season, the Colquitt County High football team has won six of its last eight - including Friday's 50-21 victory over Jenkins in Savannah - as it prepares to travel to Clarkston to meet M.L. King at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The game will mark the second time in two years that the Packers have traveled to play at Hallford Stadium.

Colquitt County upset Stephenson 22-21 there last year in a second-round game and would like to duplicate that effort on Friday.

M.L. King, which is located in Lithonia, is a DeKalb County school that also plays its home games at Hallford Stadium.

Friday's game will be the first meeting between M.L. King and Colquitt County.

M.L. King, under first-year coach Michael Carson, won the Region 2 championship when it defeated Stephenson 28-26 in the final week of the regular season.

But even after the emotional victory that gave them the region title, the Lions still had enough for the come-from-behind victory over Harrison on Friday to raise its record to 8-3.

The Hoyas led by five points midway through the third quarter, giving Colquitt County fans hope of a home playoff game this Friday.

Brandon Robinson, who rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, gave the Hoyas a 17-12 lead with 4:45 left in the third quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run.

But Lions quarterback Jonquel Dawson threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Demarco Robinson to put M.L. King up 18-17 with 9:32 remaining in the game.

Harrison then fumbled the next kickoff and the Lions recovered on their own 47.

Five plays later, Dawson scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run to put the Lions up 25-17 with 8:49 remaining.

Harrison turned the ball over on downs on its next two possessions and the Lions came away with the victory.

Harrison finishes 5-6.

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