Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Packers Look to Continue Success Colquitt County Has Won 9 of 10 against Valdosta

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Packers Look to Continue Success Colquitt County Has Won 9 of 10 against Valdosta

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The streak. Or is it the jinx?

Any football coach at any level will tell anyone anytime they'll listen that there's no such thing as one team having another's number, of being a jinx for a traditional opponent.

But there's no denying that when Valdosta plays Colquitt County in a key Region 1-AAAAA game in Moultrie tonight, history -- recent history, at least -- is on the Packers' side.

Since 1993, the two teams have played 10 times. Colquitt has won nine times.

That includes streaks of five wins in a row from 1993-96, and four in a row going into tonight's game. A 31-7 Valdosta playoff win interrupted the string in 1996.

Only one other team has ever beaten the Wildcats more than twice in a row since the storied program began in 1913 -- Macon's old Willingham High won three consecutive games in 1963-65.

"What about the overall streak?" Wildcats coach Mike O'Brien said, referring to Valdosta's 59-22-4 margin going back to the first year the teams played, 1913.

Colquitt coach Mike Singletary, who'll be facing the Wildcats for the first time as head coach after 12 years as defensive coordinator for the retired Jim Hughes, thinks there might be a reason for the Packers' recent success.

"I think until 1993, our kids, like a lot of others, believed that no matter how well they played, Valdosta was going to get a break and win the game somehow," he said. "You could be playing great all night, and then when the first bad thing happened," you'd say, 'Uh, oh.'

"I think the shoe's on the other foot now. I think their kids may press a little harder because of the streak. I think our kids believe now they can play with them. But other than that, I can't explain it."

Singletary said there are other streaks that are hard to explain, too.

"For some reason, we can't seem to win at Martin Stadium," he said, referring to the home of the Lowndes Vikings, where the Packers have lost three games in a row.

"It's a new game," O'Brien said of the game that matches the Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press state poll, against the unranked Packers. "We're going to play four quarters."

Valdosta (3-2 overall, 2-0 in the region) had an open date last week, while Colquitt (3-2, 2-1) bounced back from a 13-12 fourth-quarter loss to Lowndes with a 35-12 victory over Bainbridge. …

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