November 17, 2008

Mettenberger's confident after 2008 season

Georgia commitment Zach Mettenberger has put a lot of extra time in over the past year and it showed this fall. He showed many tools that attracted colleges to him mid way through his high school career and his last game at Oconee County is one he can really build on.

"We played a pretty good game at Gainesville, but I think we finished with four turnovers inside the 20 yard line," said Mettenberger.

Oconee County jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Gainesville came back and took a 21-14 lead into the half before pulling away over the final two quarters. The final score was 49-21, but Mettenberger played arguably his best game of his career.

"Yardage wise, that was my best game. I finished 30-43 for 326 yards and three touchdowns. I had two passing touchdowns and I ran for one too."

With those numbers, he made a mistake or two as well in his high school finale.

"I threw two interceptions - one was inside the redzone and then the other was on a hail mary right before the half. Turnovers really hurt us in this game. The game could have been closer."

Even though it was a loss for the Warriors and their season is done, he feels the team can use this for next year.

"Our record was 4-7, but it really did not reflect how our team played this year. To get to the playoffs means a lot to our program and doing it under a new coach is something they can really build on."

Yes, Oconee County lost to Gainesville and Mettenberger's high school career is over, but his final game can only help him as he gets set to be a Georgia Bulldog.

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