Indians Fall To Spartans in Football

Stephens County will return home this week looking to break a two-game football losing streak.

Friday night, the Indians traveled to Athens and lost to Athens Academy, one of the top teams in Class A, 49-19.

“We made way too many errors tonight,” said Indians’ Head Coach Wesley Tankersley. “We just coupled that with too many mistakes, especially on special teams. Sometimes that is what you find out when you play really good teams. They expose some things, and we have to look at the film and find out what those are and get better at them each week.”

Athens Academy jumped out early on the Indians, taking a 21-0 lead after the first quarter on touchdown passes of 31 and 37 yards from Palmer Bush to Deion Colzie and a five-yard touchdown run by Len’neth Whitehead.

The Spartans made it 28-0 early in the second quarter on a Kurt Knisely 15-yard touchdown run, before Stephens County got on the board thanks to a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Colwell to Gamarion Carter.

Athens Academy added one more score before the half on a 48-yard touchdown scamper by Knisely to make it 35-6 at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Spartans scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Palmer Bush to Colzie and a fumble recovery by the Athens Academy defense.

Stephens County cut it to 49-13 in the third quarter on a 24-yard touchdown run by Mardy Lanier and ended the scoring in the final minute of the fourth quarter on a two-yard touchdown by Hudson Spurlock.

The loss drops Stephens County to 1-2 on the season, while Athens Academy moves to 2-0 with the win.

This Friday, the Indians are back at the Reservation to host Rabun County for homecoming.

Stephens County Farm Bureau Player of the Game: Gamarion Carter
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: Ethan Westmoreland
X-Factor Sub of the Game: Mardy Lanier
First Baptist Church Spirit Award: Bryson Trimier