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ATLANTA - Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee quarterback Zach Mettenberger did his damage quickly and early Friday night. He led the Warriors into their third game looking for their first win, and they got it in a big way. The class of 2009 Rivals100 to watch signal caller was sharp in limited action.
Mettenberger he passes the eye test with flying colors. Standing 6 feet 4 and weighing 215 pounds at only 16 years old, he still has a lot of room to grow physically and mentally.
Last season, he came on to start the final two games for Oconee and he is the man under center this year. He also has a young group of guys around him.
"We are mainly a sophomore and junior team," said Oconee Head Coach Nick Saltaformaggio. "This is a year we are really working to improve and to get experience. We think the playoffs are within the reach, but we have a lot of work to do."
The Warriors fell short last week after a solid 200-yard plus performance by Mettenberger. This week Oconee rolled and Mettenberger made the most of his opportunities.
The defense got the Warriors on the board first with an interception return for a touchdown. Mettenberger had his chance to showcase his talents later in the first quarter and his first throw was for a 17-yard touchdown.
He went on to show his arm strength with a 12-yard out pass and then he later threw a beautiful 31-yard touch pass on the run outside of the pocket. The junior quarterback only threw the ball six times and he had four completions for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
His best ball of the night could have been his first incompletion and that was pass number five when he hit his receiver in the chest on a square route, but the ball was knocked out by a defensive back.
At the half, it was 34-0 Oconee, so Coach Saltaformaggio sat his starters the second half. It was a short night, but a successful one for Mettenberger.
"Overall, I think I had a pretty good game," said Mettenberger. "I am getting a lot better with my accuracy and consistency too. I think I did those well tonight. My footwork has gotten better, my arm strength has gotten better and I think I had a solid game tonight."
His play was strong Friday night and he showed why he is getting the attention he is getting. Going into the night, we knew Mettenberger had offers from Boston College, Ole Miss and Florida State, but the Oconee Head Coach said more could be on the way.
"He is getting letters from everyone," said Coach Saltaformaggio. "He is getting interest from everyone. Michigan, Stanford, Clemson, Florida and more are showing a lot of interest. His size stands out and his arm, but they haven't seen the best yet.
"We are just a young team and he will continue to get better throughout this year and all of next year too. People just don't know how talented this young man is. His numbers won't show how talented he is this year, but we think he will put up some good ones next year."
The offer list is likely to grow throughout the fall. Mettenberger is clearly one of the top 2009 prospects in Georgia. The scary thing is, he is still so raw, but he has boundless potential. The future looks to be very bright for this Watkinsville talent.