Imagine losing to your biggest rival in the Winnersville Classic then having to hit the road to face a team that started the season ranked No. 1 and coming off of a finals appearance. Lowndes must put its loss to Valdosta into the rear view mirror ASAP because Colquitt County is looking to stay atop Region 1-AAAAA. The Packers, who lost their only game earlier this season on GPB.org to Warner Robins, are nearly unbeatable at home. Rush Propst’s squad has won all six of its home games this year and a reason for the improvement comes on the defensive side of the ball. Propst is known for his offensive play-calling, but new defensive coordinator Travis Pearson has the Packers allowing just 12 points per game.
The Packers offense is led by 24 2Look4 quarterback Cole Seagraves and running back Willie Woodyard. Seagraves has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 scores while splitting time with Daniel Mobley (316 yards, three TDs). Bryce Giddens is back from an earlier injury to anchor the offensive line that will be attacked all night long.
Lowndes’ strength comes from its defense as Score 44 LB Josh Harvey-Clemons and 24 2Look4 CB Tiquan Lang bring the thunder. Harvey-Clemons has 65.5 tackles, four TFL and three interceptions. Lang has 39.5 tackles from his spot in the secondary. Tre Jackson, James Mathis, Justin Evans and Matt Frazier are all contributors in the Lowndes defensive attack.
With a loss, Lowndes could have to hit the road to face the loser of the ML King/Stephenson game in the first round of the playoffs. The Vikings finish up the season at home against Coffee and at Tift County. Colquitt County has an off week next week before finishing the season at Coffee and at Valdosta.
Fletcher Proctor is Assistant Managing Director at Score Atlanta, a full service Atlanta-based sports marketing company and media partner with GPB Sports.