ATLANTA -- Jones County’s magical season came to an end in the most heartbreaking of ways Friday.
Julius Whitehead’s 17-yard reception of an Asahina Aderhold pass as time expired gave Mays a 44-41 victory in the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs at Lakewood Stadium.
Jones County (10-3) had Mays on the ropes, facing fourth-and-22 at its own 33 with a minute to go. But Mays barely made the first down, fueling a drive that culminated with a third-and-10 play at Jones County’s 17.
Four seconds were on the clock when the play started. Aderhold broke through a couple of would-be tacklers before finding Whitehead in the end zone.
Prior to the final drive, Mays gave Jones County a big gift. Mays botched a punt snap, and Jones County took over on Mays’ 2. The Greyhounds’ Davin Price scored immediately thereafter, and Jones County had a 41-38 lead with 2:11 to go.
Jones County led most of the way, but two plays came back to haunt the Greyhounds.
With Jones County looking to take a nine-point lead into halftime, Aderhold let loose on a 49-yard desperation pass, connecting with Tyshawn Brown in the end zone as time ran out to bring Mays to within two, 27-25.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jones County went on a 12-play, 42-yard drive, leading 34-32. But place-kicker Wade Carr, who made field goals of 46 and 47 yards, missed wide left on a 39-yard attempt with seven minutes to go when the hold was bobbled.
Mays flipped the field after that, with Rowmartis Bell scoring from 20 yards out to give the Raiders a 38-34 lead with 4:14 remaining.