Red Raiders Edge Indians in Final Seconds, 35-33

Stephens County will wrap up the football regular season this coming week at home still looking for a region win.

The Indians couldn’t hold on Friday night in Danielsville, giving up a touchdown with 21 seconds left to lose 35-33 to Madison County.

Head Coach Wesley Tankersley said it’s a disappointing result for Stephens County.

“I’m proud of the kids for battling,” he said. “This has not been a good season for us, but they showed a lot of resilience and resolve tonight and I think that’s something Stephens County can be proud of.”

Madison County scored first on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dayton Gresham, but the Indians tied at seven on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Colwell to Gamarian Carter.

The teams continued to trade touchdowns in the second quarter, with Martavian Cooper and Gresham scoring for Madison County. Meanwhile, MJ Jones and Hudson Spurlock scored on runs of 13 and 24 yards respectively to make it 21-21 at halftime.

Cooper gave Madison County the lead in the third quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run, but the Indians scored twice in the fourth quarter on a Colwell one-yard touchdown run and 24-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Trimier to make it 33-28, as the Indians missed an extra point and two-point conversion attempt.

However, Cooper caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Colby Smith on third down with 21 seconds left to give the Red Raiders the win.

Madison County moves to 4-5 overall with the win and 1-2 in the region. Stephens County is now 1-8 overall and 0-3 in region play.

The Indians end the regular season Friday night at home against St. Pius.

Stephens County Farm Bureau Player of the Game: Kenny Colwell
Hart EMC Lineman of the Game: William Rudeseal
X-Factor Grill Sub of the Game: Gamarian Carter
First Baptist Church Spirit Award: Trey Eades