Congratulations to QB1 of the Lumpkin County Indians- Tucker Kirk! He is the Player of the Week for the last game of the 2019 season!
Tucker completed passes to gain yards all throughout the game against East Hall. Many of these passes were also for first downs. He proved his ability to run the ball as well with carries to gain yards.
Tucker was also responsible for several of the scores during the game with one passing touchdown and two rushing. After the scores he completed passes for two point conversions.
Congratulations again to Tucker!
Head coach Caleb Sorrells of the Lumpkin County Indians may have summarized the game against East Hall and the 2019 season as a whole with a few simple words during the post-game huddle. He said, “it’s okay to fight even when you don’t feel like it.”
Without a doubt, this season has been a tough one for the Indians. They started off with an entirely new coaching staff to adjust to, and a stacked region schedule. There were moments where it might have been tempting for the team to stop caring- but they never did.
Instead, even though the final score read 40-31 Friday night, the season ended with perhaps one of the best games Lumpkin County has played all season.
The Vikings started out with an early lead after a score during their first possession, but the Indians went to work putting drives together that paid off. Indians quarterback Tucker Kirk hit Trey Wilkes with one of many completed passes for a touchdown early in the second quarter. The two-point conversion was successful, and the Indians had the lead at 8-6.
The speed and athleticism of East Hall proved to be a struggle for Lumpkin County as they worked to stop the running game and block the passing. Both teams were also hit with numerous penalties throughout the game that would cost them necessary yards.
East Hall scored again with about half of the second quarter remaining to regain the lead 14-8. A two-point conversion was successful, and these attempts would continue to be important to both teams throughout the night.
Lumpkin County answered with just over a minute remaining in the half. Tavion Lawrence returned a kick nearly to the endzone, and Kirk drove it in for a 9 yard carry to close in on the Vikings 20-15. East Hall scored once more before the half to maintain their lead 26-15.
The second half of the game got off to a slow start with each team holding the other to three and out. Lumpkin County made the first conversion when Drew Allison carried for a first down and Kirk carried for another.
By the start of the fourth quarter, the Vikings were up 40-15 after two more touchdown passes. But they wouldn’t score for the rest of the game, and the Indians offense was ready to take over.
For their next possession the Indians put together a drive that started off with a 10 yard pass from Kirk to Allison for a first down. Kirk then gave a hand off to Trey Wilkes, who pitched it to Allison to convert on fourth down. It was all the distance Kirk needed to punch the ball in for a touchdown on the next play.
From that point on it was all Indians offense as the clock wound down. Kirk continued to complete passes to Allison, Wilkes and Caleb Norrell to gain yards. All of those passes moved Lumpkin County closer to the goal line, and it was BoJack Dowdy that ran in the final touchdown of the night for the Indians.
To finish things off, the Indians recovered an onside kick to stay on offense the remainder of the game.
Coach Sorrells gave his thoughts on the season by saying, “These kids right here continue to fight, they continue to show up, they continue to try and learn what it means to give best effort and best focus. I hope that [they learned] how to push through and how to try hard no matter what the conditions may be.”
Congratulations to the Lumpkin County Indians football team on their 2019 season!
The Lumpkin County Indians football team faced a battle with several factors working against them on Friday night. First of all, the temperature dropped to a bitter cold. Second, the game was located a hour north in Blue Ridge. Finally, the opponent in Blue Ridge was the Fannin County Rebels football team, who had a playoff shot and several other records on the line.
But despite the uphill battle, the Indians ran onto the field Friday night with the same determined look they wear each Friday night. And although the scoreboard read 35-14 Fannin at the end, the Indians still had plenty of reasons to celebrate.
It took a bit for the Indians offense to warm up, but the momentum shifted when Drew Allison crossed the line for a first down. Tucker Kirk completed a pair of passes to Caleb Norrell and Ryan Burkhardt to inch closer to the goal line. Then came the trick play, the “Philly Special”, that has become common for the Indians. Except for this time, different people were responsible.
The three players were BoJack Dowdy, Trey Wilkes and Tucker Kirk. Dowdy handed off to Wilkes, who passed to Kirk in the endzone. Before anyone really knew what happened, the Indians had shortened the Rebels’ lead 14-7.
As the Rebels regained possession and drove down the field, the Indians worked hard to make stops. Ethan Kline and Luke Mundy did just that, before a chop block call on the Indians led into another Rebel touchdown.
Lumpkin County came out of the half firing on all cylinders. Between Dowdy’s rushing and the Kirk to Norrell connection, the Indians were picking up first downs left and right. Unfortunately it ended with a fumble recovered by the Rebels.
The Indians struggled against a high-powered Rebel offense and defense, but continued to battle nonetheless. For one of their last possessions, Drew Allison carried and picked up yards for first downs. Kirk threw to Wilkes for a first down, then again for one more touchdown. The game ended shortly after, and the Indians had gotten the last word.
For their final game of the regular season, Lumpkin County will battle East Hall. The two teams have the same overall record of 1-8, and 0-5 in the region. East Hall is coming off of a loss to North Hall. Game time is 7:30 p.m. on November 8th.
Drew Allison came off of an injury ready to play Friday night against Fannin County. He was responsible for the majority of the carries for the Indians, and picked up yards and first downs.
Drew has also played on both sides of the ball throughout the season. He started out on defense as a safety, but transitioned into a more of a running back role. This change proves he is willing to step up and go where needed.
Congratulations to Drew Allison, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for Lumpkin County!
The scoreboard said North Hall 59 Lumpkin County 0 at the end of the game. What it didn’t reflect was the gritty determination on the face of each player for Lumpkin County as they ran from the sideline back onto the field.
This determination was apparent at the very beginning of the game. Running back BoJack Dowdy carried for a third down conversion, and the Indians defense held North Hall to a field goal for their first possession.
From there the Lumpkin County defense had their work cut out for them to stop the Trojans’ running game. They were assisted by numerous penalties on the North Hall offense throughout the game, but still struggled to get make a play on their Gainesville-based opponents. Part of this struggle was due to the loss of key starters because of injuries, including starting tight end/defensive end Aaron Hopkins.
Although the Trojans were able to put together drives to gain yards, there were plenty of Indian stops. Indian Noah Adams got a sack for a loss of five yards just before the half. Adams, Ethan Kline and Andrew Adams tied for the most solo tackles during the game with three each.
Lumpkin County also had some great moments on offense to prove they weren’t completely out of the game. Along with the usual carries for gain by Dowdy and Trey Wilkes, some younger players stepped up to fill in for injured starters. One of those players was Caleb Norrell, who played in the wide receiver role for most of the night.
Norrell was on the receiving end for the play that gained the Indians the most yards of the night- an incredible 30 yard pass from quarterback Tucker Kirk. Immediately after, the Lumpkin County switched it up a bit with a handoff from Kirk to Dowdy, who then completed a pass for nine yards to Kline.
The Indians will be looking for some plays to gain yards when they head to Blue Ridge next week to face the Fannin County Rebels. Defense will play an important factor as well against a Rebel offense that can pass, run and block. Fannin County lost to region 7 opponent Dawson County on Friday night, and fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the region.
After tonight’s loss, Lumpkin County fell to 1-7 overall, and 0-4 in the region.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. next Friday, November 1.
Jackson Root earned this week’s nomination for Player of the Week for stepping up in a big game against the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans. He played a key role in the play that scored the lone touchdown for the Indians.
After a handoff from quarterback Tucker Kirk, Jackson dropped back and completed a pass to Brian Cunane, who then ran it into the endzone. A celebration ensued as the Indians, players and fans alike, were thrilled over scoring against one of the toughest teams in the region.
Congratulations to Jackson Root, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians!
The Lumpkin County Indians football team proved on Friday night that it’s not always about what the scoreboard says.
Although the Indians lost to Greater Atlanta Christian by a final score of 49-6, numerous great moments displayed the improvements the team has made over the course of the season- and all against one of the toughest teams in the region.
“We’ve been talking all season, but really just in the last couple of weeks about how we need to be defined by our effort,” said head coach Caleb Sorrells. “We had a lot of fun, we competed and that’s what you’re supposed to do!”
With starting players Aaron Hopkins, Drew Allison and Ryan Burkhart out with injuries the Indians were forced to switch around in positions to make do. But instead of shrinking away, those in different positions stepped up to make great plays.
Lumpkin County’s defense started off on a strong note by holding the Spartans to three and out for their first possession.
The Indians defense provided great coverage of the Spartans receivers throughout the night. Jared Hoch broke up several passes to prevent first downs, and Joseph Allison broke through the line for a sack early into the game. Ethan Kline made several tackles, and even BoJack Dowdy, playing on the other side of the ball, stopped receivers with solid tackles in the second half.
The Lumpkin County offense struggled to convert a first down against the GAC starting defense, but came to life in the second quarter. A nine yard rush by Dowdy set up a play to get a first down, and then a pass from Tucker Kirk to Brian Cunane converted another.
Lumpkin County was able to convert another first down during their next possession, when Cunane carried on a fake punt. The play payed off- as the highlight of the night for the Indians came shortly after.
On second down, Kirk started the play with a handoff to Jackson Root, who then dropped back to complete a pass to Cunane for a touchdown.
The Indians offense would go on to convert several more first downs throughout the second half of the game.
Quarterback Tucker Kirk finished the night going 8 for 20 with 71 yards. BoJack Dowdy finished the night with 21 yards rushing over 12 carries. Tanner Barber also rushed for 21 yards later in the game over four carries.
On the receiving end, Cunane was Kirk’s go-to guy for several pass completions, but Ethan Kline also had a couple long catches for 37 yards.
Looking ahead, Lumpkin County will be back at home Friday night, October 25th, for their next region game against the North Hall Trojans. The Trojans are 4-3 overall in the season and 2-1 in the region.
Tucker Kirk is the starting quarterback for the Lumpkin County Indians, and he displayed his abilities in this role during the game against Cherokee Bluff.
Indians fans got to see more of the passing game they’d heard about- Kirk completed eight passes out of 11 attempts. One of those was an early 13 yard touchdown to Brian Cunane. Kirk also showed his rushing skills, keeping numerous times throughout the night for a total of 64 yards.
Undoubtedly Kirk is also a leader on the field, as he can be spotted communicating plays with coaches on the sidelines before doing the same for his teammates on the field.
Congratulations to Tucker Kirk, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for Lumpkin County!