The Stephens County Indian football team is now 2-0 on the season.
The Indians defeated the Habersham Central Raiders Friday night at the Reservation 44-8. It was the home opener for Stephens County and the first time the Indians and Raiders have played in the regular season since 2007.
Stephens County amassed 482 total yards, 313 of those on the ground. Indian running back Chaz Thornton gained 191 yards and scored three touchdowns, while receiver T’omas Colbert had 125 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said the big win was the end of a great week for the team.
“I am really proud of the whole team effort from start to finish,” said Noland. “I felt like they had good focus all week and feel like Tuesday’s practice was the best practice we had all year.”
Noland went on to say he also was pleased to see the younger players execute a scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
The Indians scored on their opening possession on an 83-yard drive, most of that yardage coming on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Dionte Mayfield to T’omas Colbert. Stephens County took a 14-0 lead with 1:31 left in the first quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Chaz Thornton.
After the Indians sacked the Habersham punter, Stephens County would score two plays later on a 7-yard Chaz Thornton run.
Indian kicker Matt Moon would kick a 22-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
Stephens County would extend the lead by halftime to 31-0 on a long 72-yard touchdown run by Chaz Thornton.
The Indians would keep the offensive show going by scoring on their first possession of the second half, a 48-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Colbert.
Stephens County would score its final points early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Desmond Wheeler.
Habersham would score their only points with 6:01 left in the game on a 5-yard run by Sydnee Mulligan.
Stephens County improved to 2-0 on the season, and will travel down to Hart County Friday to take on the Bulldogs. Habersham Central falls to 0-2, and will be home to host Collins Hill.
Player of the Game – Chaz Thornton
Lineman – Thad Teasley
Sub – Mason Long
Spirit – Sapario Reese