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MOULTRIE —  while discussing how difficult it is likely to be for Colquitt County to solve the Lowndes defense when the two teams meet tonight at Martin Stadium, Colquitt County offensive coordinator Jeff Hammond said, “Look at this,” and booted up his computer. Moments later he was looking at a chart of plays against the Vikings defense this season. Counting with his index finger on the screen, Hammond came up with must be discouraging total for the Packer offensive staff. “They have given up just 23 plays of more than 10 yards all year long,” he said. That’s just over three a game for the 6-1 Vikings. “I think they are better than they were last year,” Hammond said of the 2009 defense, which held the Packers to just one touchdown in a 31-6 Vikings win. “And they were very good last year. They are the best defense we’ve played this year. They are fast and physical and they are the best tackling team we’ve seen.” the secondary has four returning starters, including Division I propects Tyler Hunter, Kenneth Durden and Geraldo Orta. Hammond said Vikings linebacker Josh Clemons reminds him of Telvin Smith, a former Viking now playing at Florida State. And while the Packers have been able to use their team speed to their advantage this season, the Vikings defense can match it. “We’ll just have to execute our offense,” Hammond said. “We’ll need to convert our third downs and when we get into the red zone, we’ll have to be highly efficent. we can’t afford to get down there and come away with no points.” Hammond is counting on  Tyler Brown having another outstanding game. the senior quarterback threw for a school-record 335 yards and four touchdowns in the 63-28 victory over Tift County last Friday. Brown threw three interceptions against the Vikings last year. “He has a much better understanding of what we’re trying to do now,” Hammond said. “He’s playing with a lot more confidence.” Hammond said he is eager to see how his team will respond to difficult situations in the game. “we are going to have some adversity,” Hammond said. “it will be interesting to see how our team plays when things don’t go our way.” Hammond said the game will come down to whether the Packers “can win more battles than they do.” “We’ve just to keep on improving and play to our potential,” Hammond said. “we just have to play hard whistle-to-whistle.” PACKERS NOTES: the Colquitt County football team was fed by the My-T-Fine Barbecue and Catering team at first Methodist Church on Thursday. doing the cooking were Charles Bannister, Billy Howell and Rod Howell.

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