August 7, 2002
In their first season in the wing-T offense, the Colquitt County Packers had the top ground attack in the region.
One reason why is an offensive line that was led by tackles Kenneth Bailey and Curtis Jackson who were both all region selections as sophomores.
Coach Mike Singletary said "We went to the wing-t because of the personnel we had on the offensive line.
You are an "I" team or you are a throwing team then you have got to have those big, old tall offensive lineman and we don't have that."
In addition to the all region tackles, The Packers also return Paul Herndon and center C.A. Sanders on the offensive front.
And this unit is ready to open holes for tailback Bryan Knighton who was the second leading rusher last season.
Senior lineman Paul Herndon said "Last year, we were the leading rushing team in the region and we've one of the better running backs in the region. He will help us produce if we help him produce."
Even with the talented line, the Packers know in order to run the football they have make opposing defenses respect the pass.
The bad news is Colquitt County is not loaded with receivers but the Pack believe quarterback Montgomery Slaughter will find someone to throw the football.
Coach Singletary added " In the wing-T offense, if you are not careful you will run the same three players all the time and if you ever get behind you are in trouble.
We want to be able to throw the football and our running backs when you split them out become pretty good receivers."
Colquitt County will rely on their offense this season because the defense returns just two starters.
Coach Mike Singletary has concerns about the secondary but isn't worried about the front line that features senior Isaac Anderson.
Defensive lineman Isaac Anderson said "We are not as heavy as we used to be but we have got the players that can fill the positions.
Coach Singletary added "If we are going to be successful, our offense has got to keep us in it early and let our people over on defense grow up and learn how to play football in our region."
The good news for Colquitt County is the young defense has five games to grow up before their first region game.