Colquitt County accumulated 431 total rushing yards, and Sihiem King led the rushing assault with 162 yards on 18 carries — all in the first half. He also scored three touchdowns to help the Packers come away with a one-sided 52-6 victory Friday in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs at Emory Sewell Stadium.
It was North Cobb’s most lopsided loss since 1999.
Timothy Sanders tacked on 101 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns for Colquitt (10-2), which will face Dacula next week in the state quarterfinals. Rafael Merritt added 93 yards on four carries and capped the Packers’ scoring early in the fourth quarter.
While Colquitt County displayed an effective running attack, North Cobb’s offensive line struggled to create holes for its ground game and managed just 5 yards the entire contest. The lack of rushing yards by the Warriors was a big reason they trailed by three touchdowns after the first quarter and had to resort to the passing game.
“I just think physicality was the difference in the game and our running game,” Colquitt County coach Rush Propst said. “We challenged the offensive line all week long and had to run the football to be successful. We ran the ball pretty well, but I think physicality was the difference.”
North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen completed 15 of 30 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, but this would not go down as one of his better games. He had three interceptions in the first half, two of which deflected off the hands of Torrance McGee and in to the hands of a Colquitt County defender.
Queen’s only touchdown came in the final drive of the fourth quarter, allowing the Warriors to avoid being shut out.
He completed a 21-yard pass to Cam Albright and a 36-yard pass to Deon Dodd before hitting Dodd again for a 9-yard touchdown.
Based on the first three drives of the game — each going three-and-out — it appeared it was going to be a defensive showcse.
North Cobb forced Colquitt to punt on its first drive after stuffing King for a 4-yard loss.
Once the Packers got the ball back, King tried running around the edge instead of up the middle and was more successful. His first carry to the left side resulted in a 34-yard gain, and four plays later, he swept right for a 40-yard touchdown to begin Colquitt’s scoring.
Colquitt County took advantage of a short field on its next drive to take a 14-0 lead. An interception by Zay Lewis led to a 40-yard pass from Daniel Mobley to Keil Pollard.
In the second quarter, Queen’s second interception led to a 21-yard touchdown by King to give Colquitt a 31-0 lead. Sanders added to it with a 4-yard run with 3:49 left in the half.
“You don’t ever expect that. We watched film and obviously we came in here and think we got a chance,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “It got away from us early. They just big-played us. We didn’t tackle well in the first half and we had turnovers early that they turned into points.”
A 51-yard burst by Sanders on Colquitt’s first drive of the third quarter resulted in a 45-0 lead.