December 14, 2002
(Atlanta-AP) -- Chad Bryant passed for 180 yards and four touchdowns as Dooly County beat Metter 24-to-20 in a Class A semifinal today. Dooly County (8-and-6), which lost six of its first seven games, advances to next week's state championship game against Clinch County.
Antonio Lester caught three passes for 79 yards for Dooly, which built a 24-to-8 lead and held off Metter's fourth-quarter rally. The Tigers (12-and-2) got a one-yard touchdown run from Zach Stanford with midway in the final quarter, and a 68-yard halfback pass from Antoine Byrd to Octavian Henderson pulled them to within 24-20.
Dooly stopped Metter twice in the final two minutes and 25 seconds to preserve the win. Stanford, who passed for 147 yards, had two shots at the end zone in the final ten seconds, and both went incomplete.
The loss ended the Tigers' 11-game winning streak. The Bobcats converted 4-of-6 fourth-down tries, including Bryant's 22-yard TD pass to Dentris Mathis in the third quarter, which increased the Bobcats' lead to 18-to-8.