MOULTRIE, Ga. -- On its trip to Moultrie, Carver High ran into a team that could match its size, speed and athleticism, and it was unable to keep up.
Facing an onslaught from two talented Colquitt County passers and a relentless defense, the Tigers (2-1) fell 33-0 on the road for their first loss of the young season.
"Defensively, we played decent," Carver coach Dell McGee said. "They made a couple plays, and we had a few chances. We dropped a couple interceptions and didn't execute on certain downs.
"Offensively, we've still got a lot of work to do to find our identity."
The offensive struggles began early for the Tigers, when Packers defenders Cleyber Matos and Jamal Phillips busted through the line to bring down quarterback Torrance McGee in the end zone for a safety less than six minutes into the game.
Colquitt County, a Class 6A school that is 3-1, added a touchdown just four minutes later, when backup quarterback Daniel Mobley ran 8 yards for a touchdown, ending a 42 yard drive and giving the Packers a 9-0 lead.
Carver, Class AAA school, combined for 52 yards on its next four drives to close the first half. The Packers, meanwhile, added two more touchdowns and a field goal to go up by 26 when the bands took the field.
"It starts with me and the rest of the coaching staff," McGee said in regards to how his offense can improve. "We need to do a better job as coaches, finding the right guys and the right chemistry."
Colquitt County also kept the Tigers defense on its heels the majority of the first half, thanks to its talented quarterbacks Mobley and starter Cole Segraves, as well as a stable of runners and wide receivers.
For the game, Segraves finished 9 of 16 for 146 and a touchdown, and Mobley was 7 of 11 for 148 and a touchdown. Todd Boyd led the way at receiver, catching six pass for 101 yards and a touchdown. Bobby Hill added three catches for 82 yards, and Javonta Woods caught two for 30, including a touchdown from Segraves with 7:59 left in the second.
In the game, seven different receivers caught passes.
By comparison, the Carver offense managed just 115 yards of total offense in the game.
The Tigers did begin to come to life early in the second half, with Tailik Quarterman intercepting a pass by Segraves inside the 20-yard line. The defense, after allowing 26 points in the first half, allowed just seven in the second.
Despite the loss, McGee said the game was important to the team. While the loss doesn't count against Carver in region standings, it did let them travel to play one of the better teams in the state, helping them see weaknesses and strengths before entering region play.
"We're always trying to compete and win," he said. "Tonight, the other team was a lot better, but we wanted this game on our schedule for that reason. We wanted to learn to fight through adversity and get used to playing a tough team on the road.
"I do applaud our guys' effort."
Carver will have another difficult test next week when it travels to take on Tri-Cities. It will be another opportunity to prepare for Region 2 play, which begins on Sept. 18 at home against Pike County.
Friday at Colquitt County
Carver 0 0 0 0 --0
Colquitt 9 17 7 0 --33
CC--Mobley 8 run (Bannister kick); 2:16
CC--Woods 6 pass from Segraves (Bannister kick); 7:59
CC--Boatright 6 run (Bannister kick); 4:48
CC--Vega 34 kick; 1:29
CC--Boyd 40 pass from Mobley (Bannister kick); 3:31
Team record: Carver 2-1; Colquitt County 3-1 Next: Carver, Friday at Tri-Cities; Colquitt County, Sept. 28 vs. Lowndes