Stephens County starts the 2013 football season off with a win.
The Indians forced seven Franklin County turnovers and ran for well over 200 yards as a team on their way to a 21-13 win over the Lions at the Reservation Friday night.
Stephens County Head Coach Travis Noland said that while there are areas to improve, it is still good to start the season with a win.
“I thought the kids played hard,” said Noland. “They played with a lot of effort. It’s a great night to be a Stephens County Indian.”
Micah Oglesby had two interceptions, while Brandon Ballenger and Deion Crawford both had fourth-quarter picks for the Indians.
In addition to that, Desmond Wheeler recovered a fumbled snap on a punt in the endzone for a touchdown for Stephens County.
The Indians also recovered two other fumbles during the game.
Offensively, Sapario Reese ran for about 150 yards and a touchdown to lead the Indians, while Micah Oglesby caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Zeb Noland for Stephens County.
Running back Bud Woods led Franklin County with more than 90 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Ben Cheek threw for nearly 200 yards despite the four picks.
Franklin County also scored when Kendrick Teasley returned a blocked punt for a score.
The Indians are now 1-0 on the season, while the Lions are 0-1.
Stephens County travels to MountAiry next Friday to take on Habersham Central, while FranklinCounty will travel to take on Madison County.
In other area action, Habersham Central lost to White County 35-14 and Hart County beat Cedar Shoals 39-14.
Stephens Co. vs. Franklin Co. Awards
Arby’s Player of the Game — Micah Oglesby
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game — Gary Walker
Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic Sub of the Game — Sapario Reese
First Baptist Church Spirit Award — Tyreik Cunningham