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November 18, 2010
Colquitt County Sr High School

By Wayne Grandy of 'The Moultrie Observer'

MOULTRIE - Not only will Colquitt County fans have a long drive to and from this Friday's state playoff game against M.L. King, they could be in their Hallford Stadium seats for a long time too.

The game will feature two spread offenses that are expected to fill Clarkston air with footballs.

Each one that falls incomplete or scores a touchdown will stop the clock. A two-hour game is unlikely.

Each team is capable of shorting out the scoreboard.

The Packers have scored 392 points in 11 games this season, an average of 35.6 a game.

Colquitt has scored 40 or more points three times, including 63 at Tift County and 50 last week at Jenkins.

The Lions have scored 372 points and scored 40 or more in each of their first four games.

That haven't reached that plateau since, but they are plenty potent.

Both teams feature record-setting quarterback and receivers.

Colquitt County's Tyler Brown completed 14-of-17 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the 50-21 victory over Jenkins last Friday.

Brown has now completed 70.4 percent of his passes this season for a school-record 2,514 yards and now has 5,350 for his career, also a school record.

His three scoring passes give him 20 for the season and 36 for his career. He has thrown just four interceptions this season.

M.L. King has its own record-setter in Jonquel Dawson.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior hit 15-of-25 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown in the Lions come-from-behind victory over Harrison last Friday.

Dawson now has completed 171-of-276 for 3,084 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.

The 35 touchdown passes have broken the previous DeKalb County record of 30 set by Mike Brinkley of Druid Hills in 1985.

He has thrown just six interceptions.

Dawson, who played his first two seasons at Avondale High, now has thrown for 4,856 yards in his career and has broken DeKalb County's 27-year-old record of 4,614 yards set by Peachtree's Todd Rampley from 1981-1983.

In 32 career games, Dawson has thrown 48 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions.

Both Brown and Dawson have outstanding go-to receivers.

M.L. King's Demarco Robinson has 63 receptions for 1,408 yards and 22 touchdowns.

His receiving yards broke a DeKalb County record set by Lakeside's Dick Conn in 1968.

The county's previous record for touchdown catches in a season was 15 held by Rodney Lane of Druid Hills since 1985.

Dawson, like Brown, has other capable receivers.

Blake Tibbs has 50 catches for 875 yards and eight touchdowns and Kevin Byard has 31 receptions for 632 yards and five scores.

Brown's primary target this season has been senior Tommy Hudson, who now has a school-record 71 catches for 938 yards and nine touchdowns.

Running back Tevin King has 37 receptions for 524 yards and five touchdowns and Ty Smith has 33 for 461 yards.

Blake Stamps, expected back this Friday after missing the last two games with a concussion, has 21 catches 282 yards.

The Packers appear to have an edge in the running game, with King having rushed for 1,282 yards and averaging seven yards a carry.

Even D'Amonte Ridley, the Packers second-leading rusher with 621 yards, has more than the Lions leading rusher.

Byard has carried just 27 times for 293 yards, but is averaging 10.9 yards a carry.

Samed Obeng is the Lions second-leading rusher with 251 yards and Dawson is the third-leading rusher with 198 yards.

PACKERS NOTES: To get to Hallford Stadium, take I-75 north to I-675. Take I-675 to I-285 East. Take I-285 to Memorial Drive. Turn right on Memorial Drive and go about a mile and turn left on Memorial College Drive. An Office Depot will be on the corner. Visitor parking is about 100 yards on left past Office Depot after turning on to Memorial College Drive.

Admission is $8.

James R. Hallford Stadium, former DeKalb Memorial Stadium was built in 1968 and has a capacity of 15,680. It is located on the campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

For those unable to go to the game, it will be broadcast on WMTM-FM Cruisin' 94 on 93.9 FM.

WMTM also will have its broadcast available on its Web site at www.cruisin94.com.

There will be no pre-sale of tickets for the Colquitt County-M.L. King game.

The visitor side ticket booth will be open around 4 p.m. for fans to purchase tickets early.

The Packers still hold out hope of playing host to a state playoff game in the third round.

If the Packers, a No. 3 seed, can win and Mill Creek, a No. 4 seed, can upset 9-2 South Gwinnett on Friday, the quarterfinal game between Colquitt County and Mill Creek would be at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

Mill Creek, now 6-5, upset Region 5 champion Etowah in the first round last Friday.

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