Indians Football Falls To Sandy Creek in Playoffs

The Stephens County football season comes to a close.

Friday night, the Indians lost in the second round of the AAA state playoffs to Sandy Creek by a score of 20-7.

Stephens County Head Coach Wesley Tankersley said it is a tough way to end a successful season.

“They played hard but we just didn’t make enough plays and we made too many mistakes to win against another really good team,” he said. “That’s unfortunate because we had a good team too and it was great to see the kids battle the way they did and give everything they had. I’m thankful for the seniors and how they helped get our program going back in the right direction.”

Sandy Creek jumped out with an early touchdown in the first quarter, scoring on a nine-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead. That was the only touchdown in the first half.

However, the Indians tied the game at 7 halfway through the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ben Stowe to Cam Lacy.

Sandy Creek took the lead for good on a tipped ball caught in the end zone late in the third quarter, taking a 14-7 lead. The Patriots added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to end the scoring.

Stephens County ends its season with a record of 9-3, winning the Region 8-AAA championship. Sandy Creek will advance to the state quarterfinals this coming Friday night with the win, where they will face Savannah Christian.

In other action involving Region 8-AAA teams, Monroe Area and Hebron Christian both lost and were eliminated from the playoffs, but Oconee County beat Adairsville and will advance to this coming week’s quarterfinals.

Player Awards
Georgia Farm Bureau Player of the Game – Tyson Everett
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game – Raven Wilson
Highway 17 Diner Sub of the Game – Tripp Underwood
First Baptist Church Spirit Award – Nathan Lewallen