The Stephens County High School Indian varsity football team kicks off its 2013 season tonight.
Franklin County will visit the Reservation to take on the Indians in tonight’s regular season opener.
Stephens County will look to follow up on last year’s 8-3 season that ended in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs with a loss to Carrollton. Meanwhile, FranklinCounty is looking to improve on last year’s 2-8 season.
Last year, the Indians beat Franklin County 28-7 in Carnesville as Chaz Thornton ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns, while Tomas Colbert added over 150 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Stephens County Defensive Line Coach Brad Whitfield said that StephensCounty is a young team looking to replace a lot of seniors.
However, he said that provides a lot of opportunities as well.
“There are a lot of holes to fill,” said Whitfield. “We feel like the strenght of the team will be on the offensive and defensive line where we do have some returning starters. There are some young guys that have played on the JV team the past couple of years and been successful. It is their time to step up and shine.”
As for Franklin County, Whitfield pointed to the Lions’ quarterback and offensive line as strong areas, adding that the Indian defensive line will have to do a good job up front to contain the quarterback and win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Kick-off tonight from the Reservation is set for 7:30 p.m.
Coverage on AM 630 WNEG begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Indian Tailgate Show. Coach’s Corner airs at 7 p.m. and the pre-game show starts at 7:15 p.m.
In other area football action tonight, Habersham Central travels to Cleveland to face WhiteCounty and HartCounty is home to face Cedar Shoals.