Indians Win 30-10 on Homecoming

The Stephens County Indians pick up another region win on Homecoming at the Reservation.

Stephens County fell behind early in the game, but stormed back and beat White County 30-10 on Friday night in Toccoa.

Indians’ Head Coach Frank Barden said the win was a complete team effort.

“We are trying to form that team bond and team chemistry,” said Barden. “They are great kids. They are working hard and doing what they need to do on Monday through Thursday to prepare. I thought our defensive coaches and players did a great job and preparing the plan and executing the plan. We played great defense and offensively, we did a great job to come back and take control of the game. That is what we have to do. That was a big field goal for Jacob, big points right before the half.”

Defensively, Stephens County held White County to less than 60 rushing yards, under 150 total yards, and only six first downs for the entire game.

Meanwhile, quarterback Mason Long led the Indian offensive attack, accounting for three total touchdowns.

Long ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 21 and 37 yards.

He also threw for over 100 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Ballenger.

Stephens County also got a 4-yard touchdown run from Desmond Wheeler and a 35-yard field goal from kicker Jacob Oliver.

White County got its only touchdown on a 67-yard pass from A.J. Vandiver to Tucker Cook.

Bradley Hurst also connected on a 26-yard field goal for the Warriors.

The win moves Stephens County to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 8-AAAA play.

Also during halftime, Adjai Howard, daughter of Avero Howard and Carissa Curry, was named Stephens County High School Homecoming Queen.

White County drops to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the region with the loss.

This week, the Indians head on the road to face Chestatee.

In other Region 8-AAAA action from Friday night, Buford shut out North Hall 56-0, North Oconee beat Monroe Area 35-17, and Madison County beat Chestatee 49-28.

Elsewhere in the area, Franklin County lost to Dawson County 25-7, Habersham Central fell to Lambert 51-6, and Hart County beat East Jackson 48-7.

Player Awards
VanMinos Insurance Agency Player of the Game: Tyrik Combs
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: Ben Sizemore
X-Factor Sub of the Game: Cole Beitzel
First Baptist Church Spirit Award: Bronson Andrews