Colquitt can't hold late lead, falls in second straight state title game, 14-13

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
December 12, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Colquitt County Packers led the Milton Eagles heading into the fourth quarter, but an Eagles touchdown 18 seconds in proved to be the difference as Milton beat Colquitt, 14-13, to win their first state title in school history.

For the second straight year, Colquitt's season ends as state runners up to a school who has won their first ever title after falling to North Gwinnnett a year ago.

After converting on fourth down two previous times in the drive, the game winning touchdown was scored on an 11-yard touchdown rush from Milton's Joshua Edwards, who was trying to pick up a yard for a third fourth-down conversion, giving the Eagles a 14-10 lead.

Colquitt had two possessions after the Milton score to retake a lead and the Packers got a field goal on their first possession to pull within 14-13, but turned the ball over on downs with less than 90 seconds to play to all but seal the Eagle win.

Colquitt and Milton traded turnovers to open the game, with Packer quarterback Jaycee Harden being picked off at the one yard line by Jeremy Olagoke to end a nice opening drive but the Packers got the ball right back on the ensuing series, as Jay Ward put his helmet on the ball to force a fumble that he recovered.

The Packers turned the fumble recovery into points on a 30-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

On the following drive, the Eagles took a lead on a beautiful 66-yard pass from Jordan Yates to Jordan Cox to give Milton a 7-3 advantage.

In the second quarter, Milton threatened to score a field goal to go up by a touchdown, but Colquitt blocked the kick and turned it into a touchdown of their own on the heels of a Ty Leggett 10-yard run to retake the lead, at 10-7.

Colquitt was set up for a field goal to extend their lead at the end of the first half but it was blocked by the Eagles and the Packers' three-point lead was taken into the halftime locker room.

All told, Milton outgained Colquitt, 300-239, but the Packers out performed the Eagles on the ground (137-123) on seven less carries.

Harden completed 11 of his 21 pass attempts for 102 yards for the Packers, while Daijun Edwards was the workhorse for CCHS, totaling 101 yards on 17 carries.

Leggett was dangerous in the return game for the Packers, returning three kicks for a total of 114 yards, including nice returns of 40 and 60 yards in the first half.

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