Colquitt County soccer clinched its 5th region championship in program history, and first since 2014.
With stellar defensive play and ten seniors leading the way, 2018 is shaping up to be their year.
After 18 games played, just 12 goals allowed. Those have been the numbers that define the Packers as they head into the first round of the state playoffs.
The defense will need to remain stingy next week if they want to keep their season alive.
“This is it for a lot of us," said senior goalkeeper Blayton Duncan. "So we’re going in with big smiles and a lot of confidence.”
But thanks to his superb play, even a loss won’t end Duncan’s playing career. Head coach Jimbo Jarvis has dawned him the best goalie in the state, and that didn’t get past college coaches, the same way balls don’t get past Duncan.
“He’s going to go somewhere and play this year, he’s got several colleges that are looking at him, he just hasn’t made his mind up yet where he’s heading," said Jarvis who is in his 6th season leading the Pack.
"But you add those five players, the goalie and the back four line and we’ll sometimes play with a holding mid in front of that line and there’s six defenders there that are just outstanding, and that’s been the difference for us.”
Directly in front of Duncan, another key to success: twin brothers Peniel and Emanuel Rodriguez.
The center backs have played with Duncan since they were 4-years-old. Chemistry is no issue.
“We’re always hanging out," said Peniel. "We’re walking each other to classes we hang out at lunch and everywhere we go.”
“Experience with each other helps us a lot and that communication is strong in the back," said Emanuel.
Each of the last three seasons the Packers have been bounced in the first round.
These seniors refuse to end their career with a playoff record of 0-4, and it starts with keeping the ball out of the net.
For the third straight year, the Packers will be home for the first round.
They host East Coweta in Moultrie on Wednesday, April 25th.
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