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The Oconee County High School football team saw its season end last Friday.

The Warriors traveled to Crisp County and dropped a second-round Class AAA state playoff game, 26-10. That loss eliminated the Warriors from the playoffs after they had reached the previous two state championship rounds.

Last week’s game was contentious throughout the contest.

Crisp County got on the board first thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run. That put the Cougars ahead 7-0.

Oconee County fought back soon thereafter, though, with kicker Gabe Valdez pushing across a 34-yard field goal. That cut the lead to 7-3.

The score held until Crisp County scored via an interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. The pick-six improved the Cougars’ lead to 13-3 after a failed extra point attempt.

That’s the deficit the Warriors faced through halftime.

In the third quarter, Crisp County inched further ahead of Oconee County by scoring on a 29-yard field goal. That increased the deficit to 16-3.

The Cougars notched their third touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run. That moved the score to 23-3.

But the Warriors did not go away quietly.

Oconee County broke out a special play, getting the ball to receiver Darius Johnson Jr., who threw it to Dylan Manders for a 60-yard touchdown. That exciting play cut the score to 23-10 and gave the Warriors new life.

Unfortunately for Oconee County, Crisp County put the finishing touches on the game with a 38-yard field goal later in the game. That made it a 26-10 game, which wound up being the final score.

Warriors quarterback Jacob Wright finished 7-for-13 with 75 yards passing and two interceptions. Johnson’s 60-yard pass to Manders was his only throw.

C.J. Jones carried the ball 24 times for 71 yards.

Whit Weeks led the defense with 14 total tackles including one tackle for loss. Cam Eldridge and Mikey Massicot also notched one tackle for loss apiece.

Samson Stearns (12 total tackles) and Manders (eight total tackles) were other defensive standouts for Oconee County. Billy Lewis had four total tackles and an interception in the game.

Last week’s loss ended the Warriors’ season at 10-2. They went 4-1 in Region 8-AAA, losing only to region champion Monroe Area in a close one, 17-14.

The Warriors notched a few highlight victories during the season.

They topped rival North Oconee High School in the season opener and, soon after, they beat Clarke Central High School, Thomasville High School and Veterans High School before beginning region play.

Oconee County’s final home game of the year was a thrilling 29-22 victory over Adairsville High School two weeks ago in the first round of the playoffs.

On Sunday, the football team’s official Twitter account shared some statistics on this year’s senior class.

The class of 2022 at Oconee County won 44 games, including 24 wins at Warrior Stadium. The seniors had nine playoff victories to their credit.

They recorded three seasons with 10 victories or more, they won two region championships and they reached the state finals twice.

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