December 8, 2005
Albany - The sting from Saturday's state championship game loss to Peach County is still there for the Dougherty High Trojans.
But in time the players will realize what we already know.
The 2005 Dougherty High Trojans are still champions after a 13-2 season.
The heart and soul of the Dougherty football team was quarterback Ronnye Nelson.
That is one of the reasons Ronnye Nelson is our Orthopaedic Associates High School Football Player of the Year.
Nelson threw for over 2000 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 57% of his passes.
And on the ground, he ran for more than 830 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.
The only numbers that matter to Ronnye Nelson are wins and he still wishes he could have finished his high school career with a victory in the state championship game.
Ronnye Nelson said "If we could take the game back and play it over we would and do even better. Peach County was a great team and they just came out ready to play."
Dougherty head coach Carror Wright said "For a small guy. He brought some toughness to the team. He couldn't help but inspire kids."
Unfortunately, Ronnye Nelson will need surgery after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's state championship game.
That means the starting point guard will miss the entire basketball season.
Dougherty will be presented with their GHSA state runner-up trophy at a ceremony at the school on Tuesday afternoon.