In a rematch of last year's Class AAAAA second-round showdown, Colquitt County will once again travel to the Atlanta area to face North Gwinnett. Last season, the Packers defeated the Bulldogs 17-7 before advancing to the semifinals. Colquitt County is hoping to once again take down North Gwinnett, and this time go even further in the playoffs.
The Packers are led offensively by Cole Segraves at quarterback, though junior backup Daniel Mobley has also seen plenty of action this summer after playing some last season. Segraves will be the starter for Rush Propst, and look for the senior to throw the ball all over the field as is typical of a Propst offense. He will be looking for Bobby Hill as well as Kishaun Taylor and junior tight end Colby Reneker. Up front, Octavious Jackson blows people off the ball. The Colquitt County staff is hoping to play much faster this season.
Defensively, look for Jackson to get in on a few plays to rush the passer while Hill will be out at cornerback, a position he will play at Ole Miss.
North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire has weathered a "critical" offseason where coaches have left the program to take head coaching jobs. He is also trying to replace several key pieces of his offense including the quarterback position. Scotty Hosch is now in the Ivy League, leaving quarterbacks Michael Haynes and Hayden Sphire to battle it out all summer for the job. Whichever quarterback is under center will benefit from a dominating offense line anchored by Alex Stoehr and Devondre Seymour.
Defensively, look for Donnie Miles to once again play like a monster in the secondary. Miles saw time on offense the last two seasons, but he is more of a threat to the opponent at safety.
The two coaches bring excellent pedigrees to the Corky Kell Classic with each finding great success outside of Georgia in addition to great success coaching in the Peach State. Both are after their first GHSA state title, so expect both coaches to go hard after a win in hopes it triggers a successful season.