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Peach County repays the favor with Dougherty

December 3, 2005

Albany -  Eight years after Dougherty beat Peach County for the AAA state title in Fort Valley,  Peach County returned the favor with a 35-14 win over Dougherty in the 2005 AAA state championship game.

A standing room only crowd was at Hugh Mills Stadium to watch the first state championship game in Albany involving a public high school since 1939.

The home Trojans from Dougherty got on the scoreboard first with an 85 yard touchdown pass from Ronnye Nelson to LaValle Parker to give Dougherty 6-0 lead.

Peach County then drove down the field led by the passing combination of Antonio Henton to Chris Slaughter.

The drive ended with Henton's three yard touichdown run and 7-6 Peach County lead.

A fumbled Dougherty punt set up Henton's second touchdown run of the game and Peach County lead 14-6 in the second quarter.

Dougherty's Xavier Cheevers pulled the Trojans to within two with a two yard plunge and then Ronnye Nelson converted the two point conversion with one of the most spectacular runs any fan will ever see.

Nelson rolled to his right but  was cut off by the Peach County defense.

He then turned and ran back to the other side of the field just crossing the goal line as he was knocked out of bounds by a Peach County defender.

The game did not stay tied long as Antonio Henton hit Duranzo Brown on the next play for a long touchdown and Peach County lead 21-14 at halftime.

Henton went looking deep in the opening minute of the second half with a touchdown pass to Chris Slaughter giving Peach County a two touchdown lead.

Dougherty's chances of a comeback were hurt when senior quarterback Ronnye Nelson left the game with a leg injury.

Duranzo Brown's touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the final scoring.

Peach County, which was 0-3 in state title games, finally wins their first state championship.

Dougherty finishes 13-2 and head coach Carror Wright says what hurts most is losing 32 talented seniors who turned in such an outstanding season.