The Stephens County Indian football team is off to a winning start in 2012.
Stephens County defeated Franklin County in Carnesville Friday night 28-7 in the season opener for both teams.
T’omas Colbert led the Indians with five catches for 168 yards and a touchdown. Chaz Thornton added a 100-plus yard rushing effort with two touchdowns.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said the Indians have room for improvement.
“We are thankful and fortunate to get a win,” said Noland. “They say the most improvement comes between Week 1 and Week 2. We have a lot of things to improve on.”
After stopping Franklin County on its first drive on a fourth down deep in Indian territory, Stephens County went 93 yards to score first as Thornton took it in for a 7-0 lead.
The Indians caught a break for their second touchdown as a fumbled snap on fourth-and-one rolled back to Thornton, who ran it more than 40 yards for another touchdown.
Stephens County added to its lead late in the first half with a 74-yard touchdown strike from Dionte Mayfield to Colbert.
Franklin County scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter, when Ben Cheek hit Q.T. Blackwell for a three-yard touchdown toss to make it a 21-7.
A 2-yard touchdown run by Jabacus Wiley capped out the scoring for Stephens County.
The Indians are now 1-0 on the season, while the Lions are 0-1.
Stephens County returns to the Reservation Friday for its home opener against arch rival Habersham Central, who was shut out by White County Friday 31-0.
In another game of note, Hart County lost to Cedar Shoals 21-0.
Player of the Game: T’omas Colbert
Lineman of the Game: Kenneth Brock
Sub of the Game: Chris Mayweather
Spirit Award: Tefrem Thornton