The Stephens County Indian football team finishes the regular season with a convincing win.
Stephens County scored on its first five possessions of the game on their way to a 42-3 win over Lumpkin County in Dahlonega Friday night in a battle of the Indians.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said he is proud of his team’s effort.
“We talked all week about not taking a step backward and they did not,” said Noland. “They came out ready to play, played hard, and did some good things. We know we have a huge challenge next week going to Carrollton. I hope our Stephens County fans get back behind us, get in their cars, and make the trip. It ought to be a really good football game.”
After forcing a three-and-out on Lumpkin County’s opening possession, Stephens County scored first on a Dionte Mayfield 53-yard touchdown pass to Tomas Colbert with 9:22 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0.
Less than four minutes later, Chaz Thornton scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to extend the Stephens County lead to 14-0.
After a third straight Lumpkin punt, Mayfield found Elijah Barnes for a 41-yard touchdown pass to give Stephens County a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Lumpkin County finally got on the board on the second play of the second quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Chase Slocumb.
Stephens County answered right back, however, as Thornton ran it in from 15 yards out to make it 28-3 in favor of Stephens County with 9:09 left in the second quarter.
On the first play following a Lumpkin County missed 50-yard field goal, Chaz Thornton fumbled, but the ball went right to Tomas Colbert and he ran about 65 yards for a touchdown to give Stephens County a 35-3 lead that the Indians would take to halftime.
Playing under a running clock in the second half, Mason Long capped the Stephens County scoring for the night with a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
Stephens County finishes the regular season 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the region, while Lumpkin County ends its season 2-8 overall and 2-5 in the region.
Stephens County will head into the state AAAA playoffs this coming week as the third seed out of Region 8 and will play at Carrollton, the second seed out of Region 5.
Elsewhere in Region 8-AAAA Friday night, Eastside beat region champ Monroe Area 35-0, Chestatee beat Madison County 48-7, and Lanier beat Walnut Grove 42-0.
In other games from around northeast Georgia, Franklin County lost to Elbert County 34-13 and Hart County lost to North Oconee 42-14.
Player of the Game: Matt Moon
Lineman of the Game: Matt Hicks
Sub of the Game: Tai Walker
Spirit Award: Zeb Noland