The North Cobb Warrior varsity football team (7-4, 3-2) entered into the first round of the 7A GHSA first round playoffs against the nationally 16th ranked Colquitt County Packers (9-2, 2-1) on Friday, November 15 at Colquitt County stadium.
Coming off a 35-24 win over the Hillgrove Hawks in the previous week, the Warriors started off strong but ultimately fell 35-7. Freshman quarterback Malachi Singleton received the start over junior quarterback Trevor Lovett for the second week in a row.
“Our Warriors had a great season, but came up a little short in this game. It’s disappointing they lost in the first round but we continue to improve each season” sophomore triathlete Bentley Huff said.
The Warriors appeared dominant the first half of play, posting 36 plays and over 100 yards in rushing. Unlike the Warriors 5 touchdown performance a week prior, the Packers allowed 0 scores throughout the first half, taking a 7-0 lead before halftime began. Colquitt County quarterback Jaycee Harden, one of the top five passers in the yardage category for the state, went 12-for-17 passing with 256 yards and three touchdowns. Colquitt County running back Daijun Edwards, the Packers all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, rushed eight times for 87 yards and one touchdown.
Despite a fairly close first half, the Packer offense proved their true prestigious rank, rallying off 28 additional points to North Cobb’s one modest touchdown. The Packer defense shut down the young Warrior offense, limiting Singleton to 99 yards of total offense in the second half, and 5 yards from other players. Junior Warrior running back Cam Cunningham contributed only 2 rushing yards in the second half, finishing the night with 30 yards. Senior middle-linebacker Grant Wooten earned the Warriors only touchdown of the night off a blocked punt.
“Last night’s game was in our hands. Having the 16th best team in the nation to only score once at half, (and then) we were able to settle and come back in the second half, but they took advantage. For next season, it isn’t nothing but bright. There’s so much to be said, but you will have to come see,” North Cobb sophomore leading wide receiver Sam Mbake said.
With a great regular season and first round performance, the Packers move onto the second round of the GHSA 7A playoffs. As for the Warriors, their season comes to a close, leaving the 2019 season as a special year with plenty of memorable moments.
Be sure to keep up with the Warriors during the offseason and in their spring game at Emory Sewell stadium in 2020.