M.L. King rallies past Harrison
November 15, 2010Colquitt 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.