The Stephens County Indians start off region play with a big win on Homecoming.
Scoring on its first nine possessions, Stephens County beat Walnut Grove 61-20 Friday at the Reservation.
The Indians scored every time it had the ball, except for its final possession where it took a knee four straight times inside the Warrior 10-yard line.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said it was good to get such a convincing win.
“Our offense did execute well,” said Noland. “We really did not think they would play the coverage that they did, but they did and we had to take advantage of it and we were able to execute. It is nice to get a lot of kids in the game tonight and have a big win here for Homecoming.”
Tomas Colbert scored four touchdowns for the Indians, catching three touchdown passes from quarterback Dionte Mayfield and returning a punt for another score.
Mayfield was perfect on the night, completing his only three passes for touchdowns to Colbert for a total of 205 yards through the air.
Chaz Thornton added 103 yards rushing and two scores on nine carries, while Indian back-up quarterback Mason Long carried the ball four times in the second half for 126 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown scamper.
An Andrew Randall interception set up Thornton’s first touchdown run from one yard out, giving the Indians a 7-0 lead less than three minutes later.
After Mayfield found Colbert for an 80-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0, Walnut Grove quarterback Joey March found Ron Harris for an 11-yard pass to cut the Indians’ lead to 14-7.
Thornton’s second touchdown run, from 61 yards out, gave the Indians a 20-7 lead after the missed extra point late in the first.
In the second, Colbert caught touchdown passes of 70 and 55 yards from Mayfield and returned a punt 55 yards for another touchdown to give the Indians a 41-7 halftime lead.
Touchdown runs of 1 yard by Josh Tate and 10 yards by Jai Brown gave the Indians a 55-14 lead in the third.
Demarjay Conner returned a kick-off for a touchdown 90 yards to make it 55-14 late in the third, before Long’s touchdown run capped the Indians’ scoring.
Walnut Grove scored the final points in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass of 11 yards from March to Hamill Stewart.
During halftime, Stephens County High School named Harley Palmer homecoming queen for 2012. She is the daughter of Richard and Heather Palmer and Joshua and Lisa Smith.
The Indians are 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the region. Walnut Grove falls to 0-1 in the region and 1-3 overall.
Next up for the Indians is Chestatee at home next Friday night. Chestatee won its first region game over Eastside Friday night in double overtime 57-56.
In other action from Region 8-AAAA, Monroe Area beat Lumpkin County 54-13 and Lanier beat Madison County 14-7.
Elsewhere, Habersham Central fell to Mountain View 24-14.
Player of the Game – DK Dooley
Lineman of the Game – Ben Cleveland
Sub of the Game – Aahlijah Drinkard
Spirit Award – Mason Long