Indians Handle Habersham in Scrimmage

The Stephens County Indian football team will now turn its attention to the regular season.

Friday, the Indians defeated Habersham Central 35-28 in a pre-season scrimmage game in Mt. Airy.

Stephens County Head Coach Frank Barden said the Indians did a lot of good things, especially coming out after halftime, and can take a lot away from the scrimmage.

“We got some young guys some good reps,” said Barden. “A lot of linemen rolled in there. I am proud of Mason, the way he handled the offense and ran the offense. He is a perfect fit for what we want to do in our offense and he is going to do nothing but get better. Our wide outs did well. Defensively, we just have to keep getting better. I think that is going to be as we get to know our defensive players better and our defensive players get to know our defensive coaches. It is all about chemistry. We have to have to have great chemistry. If we can do that and grow and go through the process, hopefully we will get better each week.

Stephens County did its damage with the ground game, getting all five of its touchdowns on running plays.

Quarterback Mason Long led the way for the Indians, running for nearly 150 yards and scoring twice on runs of 25 and 15 yards.

Tyreik Cunningham also scored on touchdown runs of 14 and 2 yards, while Desmond Wheeler had a 4-yard touchdown run.

The Raiders, meanwhile, had most of their offensive success through the air.

Habersham quarterback Bennett Black threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns on the night.

John David Herrin, Marcus Wilbanks, and De’Cellis Outlaw all caught touchdown passes from Black for the Raiders.

Black also scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

The Indians and Raiders are both off next week.

Habersham Central opens its season in two weeks on the road at Rabun County.

Meanwhile, Stephens County will also be on the road for its season opener in two weeks as the Indians will face the Franklin County Lions in Carnesville.