COLQUITT COUNTY PACKERS WIN LIONS 7-ON-7 TOURNAMENT
July 10, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
STANHOPE ELMORE DEFEAT LIONS THREE TIMES ELIMINATING PRATTVILLE FROM CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Former Hoover High school football coach Rush Probst had an enjoyable return to his home state of Alabama over the weekend. Probst now head coach at Colquitt County High School located in Moultrie, Georgia brought his Packer’s seven-on-seven team to Prattville to participate in the Lions annual seven-on-seven Tournament.
Prattville hosted one of the qualifying tournaments for the Mel Kiper, Jr. National 7-on-7 Tournament to be held in Washington, D. C. next month.
The Packers won 12 of 13 games to win the championship title which featured a check for $5,000.
“It’s the most I’ve won at a tournament,” Probst said following the game. “It was a big time tournament with some outstanding teams. I was very pleased with the play of our kids, especially with Chase Perry (junior) making his first start. We also are developing some secondary players."
Colquitt County’s only setback came in the 12th game when they were knocked out of the undefeated bracket by Stanhope Elmore, 20-12. This forced a final game for the tournament’s championship and the big purse.
The Packers built up an early 16-0 lead in the championship tussle; only to see the Mustangs roar back and close the gap to 22-20 with less than a minute to play in the 22-minute game. Parrish completed a clutch pass with 35 seconds left giving the Packers a first down. Colquitt County was then able to run out the clock.
Stanhope Elmore finished second with a sparkling 11-2 record, both defeats at the hands of the Packers. The Mustangs defeated host Prattville in the semi final round holding off a late drive by the Lions. Stanhope Elmore’s defensive back intercepted Prattville QB Keith Washington's pass in the end zone with less than ten seconds left in the game. The pass was a two-point attempt for the win by the Lions. Stanhope Elmore prevailed, 21-20.
Three of the Mustangs wins were over the Lions. Stanhope Elmore used two quarterbacks during the tournament; both were sharp, especially senior Bishop Frazier.
The Mustangs will open their season August 23 with a home date with the Spanish Fort Toros. Spanish Fort is the defending state class 5A champions having won two straight.
Prattville opens its 2014 season a week later at Foshee-Henderson Stadium against the Mustangs.
Colquitt County will open its season August 23 with an 11:45 AM kickoff against Mill Creek High School. The game will be played at McEachern High School at Powder Springs and is a part of the annual Corky Kell Classic. It is normally played at the Georgia Dome; however this year’s date clashes with the Atlanta Falcons’ schedule.
The Packers keep a taste of Alabama high school football with a home date with the Hoover Buccaneers on August 29. The Pack will also travel to Enterprise on September 12 to play the Wildcats.
Hoover High School will host a familiar name to Prattville fans. Miami’s Central High will journey to Birmingham on August 23 to tackle the Bucs. Also Blackman High School of Murfreesboro, Tennessee will journey to Birmingham to play Hoover on October 31.