Stephens County Closes the Door With Big 2nd Half

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Both teams came out of the gate ready for a fight as the two combined for 24 points in the opening frame, however it would be the Indians of Stephens County that would prevail thanks to a big 28-point third quarter. The Warriors fought hard in the first half as the score was 21-20 at the break, but the Indians could not be stopped in the second half and would go on to win 56-26. White County now falls to 2-2 as they wrap their non-region schedule. They have a +28-point differential despite sitting at .500 on the year, which is a good sign as they look to be competitive in region play this season.

Team Notes

The defense did its job in the first half for White County before sputtering and becoming nonexistent in the second half of the game. Same can be said for the offense as the unit came out firing on all cylinders but did nothing in the back half of this one. The Warriors would go on to finish with 298 total yards of offense and QB Tripp Nix threw two interceptions. The QB struggled in this one completing just 19 of his 41 attempts for 185 yards, a touchdown, and two INTs. He would also add another touchdown on the ground. RB Ryan Fowler had some success in this one as the senior finished with 103 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Junior WR John Phillips was the recipient of Nix’s lone passing touchdown while Gaines Clark led the team with 50 receiving yards on five receptions. Cade and Bryce Dockery would lead the way for the Warriors defense as they finished with a combined 14 tackles and 3 TFLs.

As for Stephens County, QB Tripp Underwood finished 9/17 for 243 yards and three touchdowns. RB Javin Gordon got a load of carries as the junior finished with 89 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The stud RB would also be the recipient of a big 82-yard touchdown pass from his QB and he would return a punt for six. Senior WR Jasec Smith would lead the Indians with 87 yards on four catches and a touchdown, while Brock Tankersley would haul in three passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Stephens County finished with 10 sacks on defense, led by Sr. Dawson Childs who finished with four.

Looking Ahead

Stephens County now sits at 5-0 and will head into their Bye Week after a dominant start to their season. Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to get above .500 on the year in two weeks as they travel to Dawson County on 09/29.

Warriors Use a Big 2nd Half to Stomp the Raiders

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The Warriors secured their first win of the year after a big 27-point 2nd half to run away from Habersham Central 34-6. Tripp Nix connected with WR Vondre Nelson on a big 54-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring, but outside of that big play, neither team could find their footing on offense. White County took a 7-3 lead into the half. Nix would find his stride in the third quarter as passing for two more touchdowns and RB Ryan Fowler would lead the way in the fourth quarter with two rushing touchdowns, one for 25 yards and one of 69. The Raiders would fail to cross the endzone in this one.

Team Notes

The Warriors displayed their balanced offense on Friday night as they finished with 198 yards in the ground game and 207 yards in the air. Nix had himself a night as he lit up the Raiders secondary. He finished 9/16 for 207 yards and three touchdowns. Fowler led the ground game for the Warriors finishing with 160 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, averaging 10.7 YPC. Senior WR Cam Wilson finished with 103 receiving yards and a touchdown. Nelson would finish with 68 yards and a touchdown, while Isaiah Whitlow also caught a touchdown pass from Nix. Junior John Scott led the defense in tackles as he finished with 16, while Alex Johnson, Bryce Dockery, and Noah Williams also recorded double digit tackles. Scott also led the defense with two sacks.

As for Habersham Central, not a lot went right for them on either side of the ball. The Raiders recorded four sacks on Friday night and senior SS Carter Barnett led the team with 12 tackles. Habersham Central did not have offensive stats posted on Hudl or Maxpreps at the time of this posting.

Looking Ahead

White County is headed to Gainesville to take on the 0-1 Chestatee War Eagles. As for Habersham Central, they will be headed to Lawrenceville to face the 2-0 Central Gwinnett Black Knights.

Lumpkin Uses 35-point 2nd Q to Win Shootout  

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If you like offense, then hopefully you were in attendance for the Indians and Warriors game last Friday night. Lumpkin scored five touchdowns in the second quarter to give themselves enough space to win this game, 56-35. There were 899 combined yards in Friday nights barnburner. Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was Nix’s interception, in the second that resulted in a Pick 6, that turned the tide of the game. Warrior’s fans have seen this story before as Nix’s multiple turnovers were a big factor in this one.

Team Notes

For the victorious Indians, their fans were able to witness another similar story from their quarterback. After a seven TD performance last week, Cooper Scott carried his momentum into this week by adding five more TDs. Scott finished 13/19 for 185 yards and a touchdown in the air and added 229 yards on the ground on 23 carries and four more touchdowns. Mason Sullens finished with 75 yards on 19 carries for two touchdowns and caught two passes for 50 yards and the Scott TD pass. Cal Faulkner led the way in receiving yards with 69 yards on six catches. Senior Cam Stringer led the defense with nine total tackles. While Caleb Norrell finished with five tackles and the crucial Pick 6. Tavion Lawrence had the other interception for the Indians.

As for White County, their season is really in jeopardy after this loss. QB Tripp Nix finished 11/17 for 209 yards, two TDs, two INTs, and 40 yards on the ground. RB Ryan Fowler fell just short of his third straight 100-yard performance as he finished with 92 yards and one TD on the ground. He did however, led the Warriors in receiving with 128 yards on five catches and a TD. Junior Cam Wilson added 65 yards on the ground and two TDs while WR Kane Lowery brought in the other Nix TD pass.

Look Ahead

Lumpkin will finally return home, for their biggest game of the year against the Dawson Tigers as the winner claims the region title. Be sure to tune in to FYN TV to watch Noah Johnson and I call the game. As for the Warriors, their season hangs in the balance as they will need to win out and get some help. They will travel to Pickens County next Friday.

Warriors Dominate the Spartans, get 1st Region Win

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The Warriors used a 49-point first half to dominate West Hall, 56-14. Fowler has now put together back-to-back +100-yard performances and Tripp Nix found his stride as he added 4 TDs of his own. White County had 405 yards on 40 plays while West Hall managed just 319 yards on 45 plays. White County quickly took control of this one with a 28-point first quarter and if that wasn’t enough, they added another 21 points in the 2nd quarter to head into the half up 49-0. West Hall was able to add two 4th quarter scores in garbage time.

Wins have been hard to come by for West Hall this season as they now fall to 1-6 (0-3) on the year and have a -133-point differential in just 3 regions games. As for White County, they were able to pick up a much-needed win in region play as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are now 3-4 (1-2) on the year and find themselves tied 5th with Pickens in the region standings.

Game Notes

White County dominated every aspect of the game. The offense accumulated over 400 yards while the defense forced 4 turnovers and shut out West Hall in the first 3 quarters of the game. As mentioned, QB Tripp Nix was finally able to produce like he did before region play, as he added 4 total TDs. Nix was 4/4 for 153 yards and 2 TDs in the air while he also added 61 yards on three runs and another 2 TDs. Ryan Fowler added 121 yards on 6 attempts and 2 TDs and Braxton Anderson added another TD on the ground. Fowler now has over 300 yards in his last two games. Caysen Duvall was able to get it done on special teams as he took it to the house on a 61-yard punt return TD. Vondre Nelson led the team in receiving with 75 yards on two catches and a TD and Colton Turner was able to haul in a big 50-yard TD pass from Nix in the third quarter.

West Hall has now lost their last 5 games and perhaps players and fans alike are ready for the season to be over. The Spartans have a -189-point differential in their 7 games this season. The defense has not been able to find their footing and it appears West Hall is destined to finish at the bottom of this tough region. Neither Maxpreps nor Hudl had individual stats posted for West Hall.

Look Ahead

West Hall will host Pickens County in what appears to be their best chance at a region win. Pickens County is now 2-5 (1-2) after a shocking region upset over Gilmer. As for the Warriors, they will host the Lumpkin County Indians who are 6-1 (2-1) and are fresh off a Bye Week.

Wesleyan Escapes with a Win

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Wesleyan goes to White County and leaves with a big region win as they knock off the Warriors 22-17. White County has now lost back-to-back home region games putting them in desperation mode going forward. Wesleyan held the Warriors to just 7 points in the second half as the Wolves were able to win in back-to-back week for the first time this season. White County actually outgained the Wolves by 54 yards, but their three turnovers and poor second half performance kept them from mounting a comeback. White County now falls to 0-2 in region play and 2-4 overall. As for Wesleyan they move to 3-4 (2-1) on the season.

Team Notes

Wesleyan QB Ben Brown had a decent showing throwing for 286 yards and 2 TDs, but he did throw 2 INTs. The defense did a good job in the second half as they held off a White County comeback as well as forcing 3 turnovers. Neither Maxpreps nor Hudl had individual stats posted for the Wesleyan Wolves.

As for White County, they hang their heads low once again after two disappointing region games. QB Tripp Nix struggled with the turnovers again, throwing 2 interceptions and fumbling the ball on Friday night. He was only 13/26 for 121 yards though he was able to connect with Vondre Nelson for a 18-yard touchdown as well as run for 90 yards on 12 attempts. Ryan Fowler had a huge game for the Warriors as he ran for 142 yards and a touchdown on 25 carriers, leading the offense. WR Kane Lowery caught the ball 5 times for 62 yards yards leading the team in receiving. On defense, Jacob Holbrook led the team in tackles with 17 as well as adding 2 TFL and Noah Williams totaled 10 tackles and led the defense with 3 TFL. Kane Lowery also made his presence felt on defense as he brought in 2 interceptions.

Look Ahead

Wesleyan will host the Dawson Tigers who sit atop the region at 3-0 and are 5-2 overall this season and White County will now turn their attention to West Hall as they travel to Oakwood to take on the 1-5 (0-2) Spartans who are coming off their Bye Week.

Stephens County Dominates the Warriors

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Tripp Nix still managed to be productive, but ultimately the Indians would work their way to a big win, 53-14. This one was over in the first half as the Indians took a 44-7 lead into halftime. The crazy stat on this game is according to Maxpreps, Stephens County scored 53 points on just 270 yards and no defensive TDs. White County turned the ball over 5 times in this one and Stephens County forced two safeties.

Team Notes

Nix worked in this one again, leading this offense. He had 111 yards in the air and added another 43 yards on the ground, leading the rushing attack. He did however, throw 2 INT and fumbled the ball away. Kane Lowery led the team in receiving yards with 63, but he also fumbled the ball away. On the defensive side, they did force one fumble and limited the dynamic Indians offense to just 270 yards.

As for Stephens County, Ben Stowe had a decent game throwing 10/20 for 213 yards and 3 TDs. Javin Gordon added 4 rushing TDs and 56 yards on the ground. Senior Cam’ron Lacy hauled in all three TD passes from Stowe and finished with 4 receptions and 96 yards. The defense did its job really limiting Nix and the rest of thee Warriors offense.

Look Ahead

Stephens County will head into their Bye Week sitting at 4-1 and then will open up region play at Monroe on 09/30. As for White County, they will also enter their Bye Week with a huge region game with Dawson County on the horizon.

Despite a solid game from Tripp Nix, the Warriors fall to the Raiders

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After a solid win in Week 1 over North Hall, the Warriors defense failed to keep the Raiders off the board as Habersham Central won the game 42-28. QB Tripp Nix had the offense rolling, but it was the defense who failed to come up with stops to keep White County in the game. The Warrior’s secondary was getting scorched play after play as they allowed over 300 yards in the air. White County also racked up 114 penalty yards in this one.

Team Notes

Nix was the real bright spot for the Warriors on Friday night as he accounted for 81% of the yards by himself. Going 14/22 for 162 yards and adding 156 yards on 27 attempts and a TD on the ground, Nix was the MVP for the Warriors. Unfortunately, the defense allowed 496 total yards and failed to come up with the necessary second half stops. RB Noah Williams and Ryan Fowler were each able to pick up rushing TDs, while Caysen Duvall added a 78-yard punt return TD.

Habersham Central was rolling all game and the Warriors had no answer. The key to their win on Friday night was their second half defense as they held White County to just one TD in the half. Neither Maxpreps nor Hudl had individual stats posted for Habersham Central.

Look Ahead

The Warriors will return home for a matchup against the Chestatee War Eagles (0-1). The War Eagles defense allowed 61 points in their first matchup so look for Tripp Nix to have another big game on Friday night. For the Raiders they will take their win into a Bye Week as they prepare to host the Central Gwinnett Black Knights (2-0) on 09/09.

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