A big first-half propels the Stephens County Indian football team to a 2-0 start on the season.
The Indians scored 35 first-half points on their way to a 49-14 win over Habersham Central Friday night at Raider Stadium in Mount Airy.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said he felt the team took a big step forward from the season opener to the second week.
“We are pleased with how we played,” said Noland. “We missed a lot of scoring opportunities last week. (I am) real proud of the effort our kids played with from start to finish and I feel good about the progress we made from last week to this week.”
Indian running back Sapario Reese ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Mason Long added two touchdown runs for StephensCounty. Jai Brown and Zeb Noland also each had touchdown runs for Stephens County.
Long also completed 3 of 5 passes for 43 yards, while Zeb Noland completed his only pass attempt for 24 yards.
Isaiah Mighell had two catches for 33 yards to lead the Indian receiving corps.
In addition to the offense, the Stephens County defense also stepped up again, forcing three turnovers, including an interception that Davis McCall returned for a touchdown.
Sydnee Mulligan led Habersham Central’s offense with 28 carries for 177 yards, while Brandon Moore had two running touchdowns for the Raiders in the second half.
Raider quarterback Logan Gosnell completed 8 of 22 passes for 115 yards, but was intercepted twice. John David Herrin caught five of Gosnell’s passes for 80 yards.
The win moves Stephens County to 2-0 on the season, while Habersham Central falls to 0-2.
This week, Stephens County returns home to host the Hart County Bulldogs, who are also 2-0 after defeating Blessed Trinity 28-16 Friday night.
Habersham’s next opponent is Collins Hill.
In other action from Friday night, Franklin County fell to Madison County 28-14.
Meanwhile in JV football, Stephens County beat Cedar Shoals 36-16 in its season opener.
STEPHENS VS. HABERSHAM AWARDS
Arby’s Player of the Game: Davis McCall
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: Thomas Lowery
Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic Sub of the Game: Will Smith
First Baptist Church Spirit Award: Zachary Pittman