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The Warriors overcame an early deficit to score their fifth win of the season last Friday.

Oconee County High School’s team traveled south to face Veterans High School and won 35-16, improving their record to 5-0.

Veterans started out strong against the Warriors.

The Warhawks scored a touchdown in the first quarter before tacking on a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter. That put Oconee County in a 10-0 hole – the worst deficit the Warriors had faced all year.

But then the Warriors’ passing game found a rhythm.

Oconee County senior quarterback Jacob Wright completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Jake Johnson to cut the lead down to 10-7. That score came at the 3:32 mark of the second quarter.

The 10-7 score held through halftime. The Warriors took control after intermission.

C.J. Jones, a junior running back at Oconee County, gave the Warriors the lead with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 6:39 mark of the third quarter. Jones’ touchdown gave the Warriors a 14-10 edge.

They added onto it at the 6:13 mark of the third quarter when junior wide receiver Jack Ward caught a 22-yard pass from Wright, making it a 21-10 game.

Oconee County poured it on during the fourth quarter.

Wright connected with Johnson on an 18-yard touchdown at the 11:53 mark. The duo combined again for their third touchdown hook-up of the night with 8:51 to play, giving the Warriors a 35-10 lead.

Veterans scored a late touchdown before failing a 2-point conversion attempt, making it 35-16 before the game ended.

The Warriors’ 35-point effort tied their season best. They previously scored 35 points during their victory at North Oconee High School in the season opener.

Wright finished 16-for-21 with 210 yards passing and four touchdowns against one interception.

Johnson caught nine of those passes for 139 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Ward caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Darius Johnson Jr. finished with 38 yards receiving on three receptions, one of which saw the senior make an acrobatic play to haul in the pass and touch his toes inbounds.

Jones totaled 69 yards rushing and one touchdown on 19 carries. Peyton Broadnax ran five times for 43 yards and Whit Weeks had three carries for 40 yards.

Weeks had eight total tackles, as did Dylan Manders. Billy Lewis finished with seven total tackles and Drew Mitchell had six. Kyle Strickland notched a tackle for loss.

Lewis picked off a pass and Weeks recovered a fumble.

Oconee County begins region play this Friday.

East Jackson High School, one of the Warriors’ Region 8-AAA foes, will come to Watkinsville carrying a 2-3 record.

The Eagles dropped a close one to West Hall in the season opener before getting shut out by Jackson County in week two. The blanked Banks County 28-0 in week three, lost to Gilmer 41-34 in week four and topped East Hall 56-27 in week five before enjoying a bye week last Friday.

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