Indians Off, Looking Towards Start of Regular Season

The Stephens County Indian football team is off this week after last week’s scrimmage game against Habersham Central, turning its attention now to the regular season.

Stephens County opens its season a week from tonight on the road in Carnesville against Franklin County.

Indians’ Head Coach Frank Barden said there are a number of benefits to having the week off between the scrimmage game and the first regular season game.

“That gives you two weeks to prepare for your first game and another reason is it gives you time to evaluate your own team,” said Barden.

Stephens County will play three non-region games before entering region play in a reconfigured Region 8-AAAA that features a number of new teams, including defending AAA state champion Buford, as well as North Hall, North Oconee, and White County.

Barden said the Indians’ schedule is very tough through the whole regular season.

“We have basically 10 games and eight or nine were playoff teams,” said Barden. “In our region, out of eight teams, seven went to the playoffs last year.”

He also noted Franklin County would be much improved and could be a playoff team from its region this year.

While Stephens County and most of Region 8-AAAA is off until next week, there are some games this week.

Madison County hosts Johnson of Gainesville, a region member playing a non-region schedule, tonight.

Meanwhile, North Oconee plays Coffee Saturday at Georiga Southern and Buford will host defending Florida AAA state champion Trinity Christian Academy out of Jacksonville, Florida in a nationally televised game on Saturday night.