Indians Drop Football Opener

A strong White County football team hands Stephens County a loss in the season opener.

Warrior quarterback J. Ben Haynes ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more as White County defeated the Indians in Cleveland Friday night, 44-6.

Haynes started quickly, throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Turner and then running for a five-yard score to give White County a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Warriors extended the lead to 20-0 on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Haynes to Kane Lowery before Stephens County got on the board with its lone touchdown courtesy of a Ben Stowe three-yard touchdown run.

White County scored two more touchdowns before halftime on a Haynes two-yard run and 25-yard pass to Reece Dockery to make it 34-6 in favor of the Warriors at the half.

Andrew Pierce kicked a 23-yard field goal and Darius Cannon scored on a 26-yard run for White County in the second half to close out the scoring.

For the Indians, Zhy Perry had an interception defensively.

Stephens County falls to 0-1 on the season with the loss, while White County moves to 1-0 with the win.

In other area games …

  • Franklin County beat Lumpkin County 33-3
  • Habersham Central beat Madison County 27-6
  • Hart County lost to Wayne County 29-13
  • Rabun County beat Ridgeland 35-0
  • Oconee County beat North Oconee 27-7

The Indians return home Friday night to host North Hall at the Reservation. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. with coverage on WNEG and starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Indian Tailgate Show.

Player Awards

  • Stephens County Farm Bureau Player of the Game: Zach Feaster
  • Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: Quanah Martin
  • X-Factor Sub of the Game: Bryson Trimier
  • Toccoa First Baptist Church Spirit Award: Jahari Burns