THOMASVILLE -- Yes, that really was the Colquitt County Packers and Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets who combined for 72 points and 882 yards of total offense Friday night. Those are shocking totals for a rivalry that usually produces scores like 13-12 and 10-7.

"Defensively, we've got some things to fix," said Packers head coach Mike Singletary, whose team won 42-30.

Singletary, whose defense did not allow a score in a 34-7 win over Meadowcreek on Aug. 20, credited the depleted Yellow Jackets and head coach Ed Pilcher for some of their problems. Central linemen Jermel Daniels (Achilles tendon) and Kendrick Sipplen (knee) are hindered by injuries.

"Coach Pilcher -- when he gets all of his offensive line back -- he's not going to be bad on offense," he said

Singletary was especially impressed with quarterback Doug Pilcher, who connected on 16 of 26 passes for 225 yards and two scores. He also rushed 41 yards and a touchdown.

"Everybody says Doug is not (graduated all-state quarterback Erik) Walden, but he doesn't hurt them," Singletary said. "He puts the ball where it needs to be and makes good reads. He is an excellent, excellent option quarterback."

Coach Pilcher was pleased with his quarterback and his entire offensive unit, which racked up 22 first downs and punted just twice.

"Our kids just kept battling," he said. "I know we have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas, but, offensively, we didn't give up."

Central led 17-13 late in the second quarter and was on the verge of scoring again when it fumbled in Colquitt County territory. The miscue set up a score, as did a third-quarter interception.

"The only interception Doug threw, he got hit as he released it," coach Pilcher said. "He's just got to check off a little bit quicker and make that throw into that coverage. That will come with experience.

"He'll know next time."



n This and that

l Nic Dodson was Doug Pilcher's favorite target, catching seven passes for 107 yards and a score. Most of his damage came via tunnel screens.

l Backup quarterback Donatavia Bogan also caught a screen pass for a considerable gain. He finished with five grabs for 63 yards.

l Central lost at home for the first time since 2001.

l The Yellow Jackets have lost two straight, including last year's Class AAAA semifinal against Marist, for the first time since that season.

l Central is 0-1 for the first time since its opened 2001 with a 13-12 setback to Colquitt County.

l The Yellow Jackets allowed the most points since their 41-27 loss to Thomson in the 2002 Class AAAA final.

l Since 1998, Central was 15-0 when scoring at least 30 points.

l The Packers are 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

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