Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Cats-Pack Not for Timid

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Cats-Pack Not for Timid

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Most old-timers around South Georgia will tell you that the

Valdosta-Moultrie football rivalry has been around for ages. But

only in the last few years has it escalated into a war.

The next chapter in the series will be written tonight at Mack

Tharpe Stadium in Moultrie, where the undefeated Wildcats and

the ninth-ranked Colquitt County Packers clash. The past few

years have featured low-scoring, defensive battles with a key

mistake or a big play making the difference. The combatants

expect more of the same tonight.

"Traditionally, the games have been low-scoring," said Packers

coach Jim Hughes. "But our defense didn't play real well against

Bainbridge last week. If we don't play better against the run,

we won't be competitive against Valdosta. Unless we correct that

problem, we'll be in trouble because Valdosta's backs are much

stronger than the others we've seen."

Indeed, like most years, the Wildcats are winning games with a

productive rushing attack and a stingy defense. Junior fullback

Karl Walker is the leading rusher in 1-AAAA with 540 yards and

five touchdowns, while quarterback Carlos Gatlin is also a

threat. He has 253 yards and five touchdowns on the ground to

his credit.

Colquitt counters with a comparable stable of runners. Through

the first half of the season, Johnny Wallace and Delacy Rushing

got most of the carried but in a 39-21 win at Bainbridge last

week, Packers sophomore Tyran Robinson made his bid for more

time. Robinson scored three touchdowns and used his speed for

128 yards on only seven carries.

The Packer quarterback combination of Luke James and Terrence

Jones has been less successful. Despite an outstanding group of

receivers led by Division I prospect Lerenzo Banks, Colquitt has

yet to establish a passing attack that flourished with Super 11

quarterback Reggie Stancil for the past two years. …

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