SCHS Football Headed Back to State Playoffs

The Stephens County High School football team is headed back to the state playoffs.

Friday night, the Indians overcame a slow start to beat East Jackson on the road, 24-0.

“I was apprehensive about the game because we beat them by so much last year,” said SCHS Head Coach Wesley Tankersley. “I feel like the kids came out in the second half and showed their will to win and get back into the playoffs.”

Javon Gordon started the scoring for Stephens County early in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run after a scoreless first quarter.

That touchdown represented the only points of the first half as the Indians took a 7-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, a long Cam Lacy kickoff return set up a six-yard touchdown run by TJ Everett. Gordon then added a two-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0, Indians, heading into the fourth.

Stephens County added three more points in the final quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Colton Bartmas.

With the win, Stephens County moves to 7-3 overall and 2-3 in the region. East Jackson ends its season 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.

The Indians enter this coming week’s state AAA football playoffs as the fourth seed out of Region 8 and will play Region 6 champion Rockmart on the road Friday.

Meanwhile, Monroe Area won the region championship, 35-21, over Hart County and Oconee County beat Franklin County, 48-6, to wrap up the second seed.

This coming week, Monroe Area will host North Murray, Oconee County will host Adairsville, and Hart County will travel to Ringgold, while the season ends for Franklin County. Habersham Central’s season also ended Friday with a 43-28 loss to Shiloh.


Player Awards

First Baptist Church Spirit Award – Walker Thomason

X-Factor Sub of the Game – Jasec Smith

Hart EMC Lineman of the Game – Jayden Gragg

Stephens County Farm Bureau Player of the Game – Armand Cunningham