MOULTRIE, Ga. - When Colquitt County football coach Mike Singletary huddled with his players for the traditional post-game prayer, his request was that he be given the strength to enjoy his team's 7-0 victory over Aiken (S.C.) High School on Friday night.
The Packers struggled mightily against the Hornets and needed a third-quarter, 13-yard touchdown pass from Renoto Wright to Keith Troupe to get the victory.
It was a game the Packers appeared at times to try to give away, only to make several big defensive plays and get the clutch catch from Troupe for the second week in a row.
"It seems like we have the mindset that we play just enough to win," said Singletary, whose team is now 2-0 as it heads into its Region 1-AAAAA opener against Lee County next Friday at home.
"We had a chance to get some points, but didn't do it. And we didn't play defense until they were inside our 20."
"But a win is a win. We're 2-0 and that's better than 1-1 like we were last year," Singletary said.
Last season, the Hornets pulled out a 6-0 victory on a fourth-quarter touchdown while holding the Packers' offense scoreless.
While this year's Aiken team apparently lacks the experience of last year's, it played just as hard.
Colquitt now holds a 3-1 edge in the four meetings with the Hornets since 1998, but Singletary continues to be impressed with Aiken's determination.
"If they had 22 players instead of nine or 10, they'd be something else," Singletary said of the 0-2 Hornets, who had a number of players playing on both sides of the football.
For the second week in a row the Packers were outgained, but managed to pull out the victory with some timely defense and getting some key turnovers. Aiken had 197 yards of offense, including 87 on the ground by senior fullback Josh Nicholson, who also played defensive tackle.
Colquitt had just 175, including 40 yards on the eight-play touchdown drive.
The scoring possession was the Packers' first of the second half after following a 22-yard punt on their own 40.