The Packers hurt themselves throughout via penalties at inopportune times. Not to mention fumbling it over to Warner Robins on its opening possession - when it was driving at time - as well as losing one on the Demons’ 11 with the game pretty much on the line at the time; and having gained a train’s worth of momentum at the time.
It also had the ball intercepted deep within Warner Robins territory near the end of the first half that killed a drive.
But having said that, the Packers found the Demons’ defense to be a formidable foe. Even when it gained good ground it found the home squad only willing to stretch – not snap.
As far as Warner Robins’ offense, it lost the ball to an interception on its first drive. But in quarterback Ty Odom’s defense, it was tipped a mile high by the receiver before being grabbed by a defender. The Demons punted on their second drive but on the third they found paydirt.
The drive began on their own 27. Odom found Akeem Taylor with a pass for nine to get things started. Workhorse – all night long – Brian Sutton picked up the first down as he carried it to the 40.
He ran it for six more before Odom found Taylor again for another first down to the 26. Dede Wright ran it to the 14 and picked up another first down. A flag for an ineligible receiver pushed it back five and then Odom hit Red Collins in the back part of the endzone.
Unfortunately he was ruled out of bounds but Sutton ran it to the 4. Then, on a third-and-one Michael Lee put it on the half-yard line. Lee’s number got called again on the next play and he punched it in.
Kyle Floyd made it 7-0 with 32 seconds remaining in the (first) quarter.
A ton of punts followed. Colquitt did get it deep inside Warner Robins territory – aided by a long pass in which the defender tripped over the receiver even before the pass was thrown – but that was negated when Jalen Rountree intercepted a pass.
The Packers did cut it to 7-6 when they converted after a short punt gave them great field position – on the Demons’ 37. That came with 28 seconds showing.
But Floyd kicked a 38-yarder with one second showing to make it 10-6. That was another case of Colquitt hurting itself as Floyd originally lined up to try it from the 36 – a 53-yarder. But the Packers roughed him up on the attempt. The ball was moved in and he was perfect.
Both offenses worked hard in the third – Colquitt picked up a couple of first downs on its opener, Warner Robins one on its; then it was a three-and-out for both, et cetera – but had nothing to show for it.
The Packers’ next points came on a safety early in the fourth and it came not when they tackled a Demon in the endzone – although they did pin Warner Robins on the five leading up to that – but when the punter stepped on the chalk at the back of the endzone.
Colquitt also had some momentum going by then and in fact it took the ensuing kickoff and pushed deep into Demons territory. That’s where the second of those aforementioned fumbles came into play.
Warner Robins couldn’t do much with it that time and were forced to punt. See: “willing to stretch – not snap”, the Demons also held Colquitt to a first down and then made them punt.
That’s where the finale came into play.
The Packers punted and it was not a good one. Warner Robins took it on the visitors’ 28 and with about three minutes to play. DeAnthony Mack ran it for eight yards and Sutton enough for the first down. A personal foul was also tacked onto that. That put the ball on the 5, first-and-goal. Wright pushed it to the 3, Sutton to the 1 before getting his number called again. He scored.
The PAT failed but it didn’t really matter, as Colquitt was unable to pull off any sort of a miracle as time expired a short time later.