MOULTRIE, Ga. — Surrounding Friday night’s matchup between Roswell and Colquitt County were concerns of whether the game should even be played. With Hurricane Irma rapidly approaching Florida, many parents voiced that the game should be cancelled given traffic and possible gas and resource shortages as the Hornets travelled to South Georgia Friday morning.
In the end, the Hornets made the trip without with no issues, but it was a long night with the team not returning home until after 3 A.M. It was also a long night on the field.
The Hornets (1-2) were held scoreless and fell 28-0 to the Packers (4-0). It was the first shutout loss for Roswell since 1998 when they fell to North Cobb by the same score.
The Packers rushed for nearly 300 yards, powering them to two touchdowns in each half. Meanwhile, Roswell’s offense struggled to sustain drives and finished the night with under 200 yards of total offense.
Both teams couldn’t put points on the board early with Roswell forcing two turnovers on downs. Colquitt also missed a field goal.
Roswell was unable to break the stalemate with stalled drives and an interception thrown by quarterback Cordel Littlejohn.
With under four minutes remaining in the half, the Packers used rushes of 44 and 24-yards to strike first.
Colquitt extended its lead to 14-0 with 26 seconds left on a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Roswell continued to be shut down by the Packers sizeable and fast defense in the second half and struggled to move the ball beyond midfield.
Already leading by two scores, the Packers added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter and a 6-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth for added insurance.
The game marked the third straight year the two teams faced off. Colquitt County ousted Roswell in the Class 6A championship in 2015 before the Hornets dominated at home in last season’s 34-3 win.
Roswell has its final bye this week before closing out non-region play against Archer (3-0) and Milton (2-1). The Hornets won both games by a combined score of 64-0 last season.