A strong second half ground game propels the Stephens County Indian football team to a win on Homecoming.
Stephens County scored three touchdowns in the second half to pull away on its way to a 35-13 win over Madison County.
Indians’ Head Coach Travis Noland said the team did a great job in the second half to bounce back with a win after last week.
“We made just a couple of adjustments at halftime on offense and defense and the kids really locked in,” said Noland. “We just challenged them. We were in a dogfight and it was in their hands as to how they wanted to respond to it and I think they responded really well.”
Stephens County jumped out early on first-quarter touchdown runs of five yards from Mason Long and eight yards from Jai Brown.
Madison County moved within a missed extra point at halftime after getting touchdowns on an 85-yard run from quarterback Ethan South and a 23-yard pass from Cade Hancock to Malik Freeman.
After halftime, Stephens County ran the ball on all but one play, with Long scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Brown scoring on runs of four and 40 yards in the fourth quarter to put away the Red Raiders.
Meanwhile, the Indian defense held Madison County to just two first downs in the second half.
Both Brown and Sapario Reese had 100-yard rushing games for the Indians.
The win moves Stephens County to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in Region 8-AAAA.
Meanwhile, Madison County falls to 3-4 on the year and 1-3 in the region.
At halftime, Chandler Alligood, daughter of Steve and Lanie Alligood, was named 2013 Stephens County High School Homecoming Queen.
This week, StephensCounty heads on the road to face Lanier in another Region 8-AAAA showdown.
In other region action from Friday night, Chestatee beat Lanier 20-17 in double overtime, Monroe Area shut out Walnut Grove 75-0, and Eastside beat Lumpkin County 28-12.
Looking at other area games, Hart County beat Jackson County 54-14, Habersham Central fell to North Gwinnett 41-0, and Franklin County lost to Oconee County 45-29.
Arby’s Player of the Game: Mason Long
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: Ben Cleveland
Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic Sub of the Game: Jai Brown
First Baptist Church Spirit Award: T’omas Martin