Men’s basketball comes up short in Gainesville

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The atmosphere was electric for the basketball season opener at Chestatee High School on Tuesday night. Unfortunately that spark fizzled out for the Lumpkin County Men’s basketball team, who found themselves playing catch up to the War Eagles in the fourth period.

The War Eagles ultimately edged past the Indians 74-68, with Brenton Nicholson sinking eight three point shots throughout the game. Two of those were early in the fourth period to give the War Eagles a lead they refused to relinquish.

Lumpkin County’s Pat Jackson led the way in points for the Indians with twenty overall, as well as five assists. Peyton Polk and Jacob Cumbie contributed seventeen points each, and Gus Faulkner put up eleven.

The Men’s basketball team will be on the road again Friday night against rival White County. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.

Check out pictures from the game here on TeamFYNSports Facebook page!

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TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week- Tucker Kirk, No. 7

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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!

Tucker

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Lumpkin County Indians defeated by longtime rivals White County

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It was the fiftieth time the Lumpkin County Indians and the White County Warriors have met up on the gridiron. In what has developed over time as a big rivalry game for the two schools, the Warriors jumped ahead with an early lead and ultimately won 49-6.

The Indians were the first to receive, and a fumble on second down turned possession over to the Warriors on the Indians 41 yard line. In a matter of three plays the Warriors had carried for a first down and a touchdown to take an early lead 7-0.

The Indians offense couldn’t get anything past the Warriors defense during their next possession and were forced to punt. The Warriors took over at their 44 yard line, and a combination of passing and rushing game scored the Warriors their second touchdown of the night. The Warriors led 14-0 with plenty of playing time still in the first quarter.

Lumpkin County again struggled to move the ball past the Warriors defense. With no gain of yardage the Indians were again forced to punt from their 18 yard line. White County took over and carried in for another touchdown to extend their lead 21-0.

Quarterback Tucker Kirk completed several passes for gain of yardage during the game. He also filled in as the punter for the Indians.

The Indians took over at their 20 yard line, and this time were able to gain some yardage with a completed pass from quarterback Tucker Kirk to Roy Bennett. Kirk carried for a gain of 5 yards on second down, followed by a carry by Drew Allison for the Indians first down. Kirk threw a pass to Allison for another first down, and BoJack Dowdy carried the ball for a gain of one yard. Unfortunately the Indians couldn’t make it any further into Warrior territory, and punted on fourth down from the Warriors 49 yard line.

The Warriors ended the first quarter on a high note- a huge 45 yard pass from quarterback J.Ben Haynes. The Warriors would ultimately score again on that drive and put another seven points on the board for a 28-0 lead.

Lumpkin County took over on their 35 yard line and drove for a few yards before being forced to punt again on fourth down. The Indians defense came to life to force the Warriors back for a loss of 5 yards to prevent another touchdown, and the Warriors kicked a field goal for a 31-0 lead.

Although neither team put anymore points on the board before halftime, Lumpkin County had several highlights for their offense. A big pass from Kirk to Aaron Hopkins resulted in a gain of 16 yards and a first down during the Indians next possession, and just before halftime Dowdy carried for a gain of 19 yards.

Coming out of halftime the Warriors scored again for their fifth touchdown of the night and a lead of 38-0. Lumpkin County took over at their 23 yard line, but a snap that was recovered in the endzone resulted in a safety. The Warriors were stopped in by the Indians in four plays, and Lumpkin County took over at their 35 yard line.

Although the Indians couldn’t get much movement in their next possession, a fumble by the Warriors during their next possession was recovered by Bennett. Unfortunately for the Indians, the Warriors regained possession after a snap was over the head of Kirk.

The Indians defense again fought to push back the Warriors offense from another touchdown. A great play by the Indians Jason Chamblee helped prevent the Warriors from scoring from their position at the two yard line. The Warriors went for a field goal on fourth down, and got it to make the score 43-0.

The Indians Drew Allison carried multiple times for gain of yardage.

The Indians first and only touchdown of the night came during their next possession. Kirk found Brian Cunane along the sideline for an incredible pass and gain of 12 yards. After Allison carried for a gain of four yards, Kirk completed a 16 yard pass to Cunane for the Indians touchdown. The score was still 43-6, but the Indians had a reason to celebrate as the third quarter came to a close.

The Warriors scored their final touchdown of the night during their next possession, but the extra point attempt was blocked by the Indians J.T. Thomas. The Warriors led 49-6 early in the fourth quarter, and neither team scored the remainder of the game.

The Indians are 0-2 on the season, but with plenty of football left to play. They will travel to Jackson County to take on the Black Panthers next Friday night. The Warriors are 1-0 as this game was their season opener. They will travel to face Habersham Central next Friday.

 

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Future Indians gather for Lumpkin Youth Football camp

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Coach Caleb Sorrells and the seniors of the Indians football team had planned to host last night’s youth football camp on the football field. But the event was moved indoors after about ten minutes when a storm hit.

Fortunately the Lumpkin County Indians are blessed with an indoor practice facility, and all in attendance didn’t mind running through the rain if it meant they got to continue camp.

Future Indians in elementary through middle school spent the next two hours rotating between several stations that focused on football basics such as blocking, passing and catching. They finished up the night with a little fun by practicing diving catches onto a wrestling mat and an obstacle course competition.

One of the camp attendees celebrates a diving catch during the Lumpkin County Indians Youth Football camp on Thursday.

 

Seniors on the Lumpkin County High School team assisted with the camp and guiding campers through each of the stations.

“It’s awesome to see these guys come out here and to see our seniors kind of pass the torch to the next generation,” said Coach Sorrells. “One of the last things that they’ll do is to say, ‘look, I’m gonna give back to the next group of guys, the kids that are gonna wear this purple jersey and rep Lumpkin County’.”

Pictures of the event can be found on the Team FYN Sports Facebook page!

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Pre-season football follow-up interview with Indians new head coach Caleb Sorrells

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It’s a new season, and for the Lumpkin County Indians it’s a new beginning under the direction of head coach Caleb Sorrells. But even with the recent hire of Sorrells in May, the team has had no problem buying in.

“There’s two ways that it can go when a new coach takes over and most of it has to do with how the seniors buy in,” said Sorrells. “To their credit they said, ‘Coach, we’re in!’ and they have been in since day one and truly it’s been great.”

Sorrells coached previously at Stephens County High, along with Cartersville High in offensive coaching positions.

Sorrells said about the coaches he has worked and played under, “I’m just trying to live up to a really, really great legacy that I’ve been able to watch and hopefully mold myself after.”

The full interview with Coach Caleb Sorrells can be viewed below, here on Team FYN Sports!

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Pre-season football interview with Lumpkin County Head Coach Caleb Sorrells

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As the summer is nearly halfway over and football season is rapidly approaching, Lumpkin County football fans are no doubt curious to see what new head coach Caleb Sorrells has planned.

“We’re gonna be as simple as we can on both sides [offense and defense],” said Sorrells. “It’s just a matter of learning what to do.”

In the interview below, Sorrells talks about everything from coaching staff, where the team is at from their summer practices so far and what they will continue to work on as the regular season gets closer.

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Lumpkin Co. football welcomes new head coach Monday night at meet and greet

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Many members of the Lumpkin County High School football team and their families attended a meet and greet event Monday night to welcome new head coach Caleb Sorrells.

After a brief introduction from Principal Billy Kirk, which included a presentation of a new Lumpkin County Indians football jersey, Sorrells addressed the players and their families. He told parents that he not only wants to be a football coach to their sons, but also wants to teach them how to be great men in the future.

“I love what football can teach and the influence that it gives me and our coaching staff to influence them and to impact them for far beyond Friday nights and the fall,” said Sorrells.

Head Coach Caleb Sorrells addresses players and families at meet and greet event

Sorrells also laid out the three values that he plans to build the program around: family, tempo and discipline.

He added, “Eventually they’re gonna be husbands and they’re gonna be dads and they’re gonna be employees and they’re gonna be in some community…I want their experience as a football player to inform and to improve and to make better those roles that they play.”

As far as game strategy goes, Sorrells said that he is anxious to get started and see what the players can do both offensively and defensively.

“You can’t stick square pegs in round holes, you gotta take what you got and do what they can do well.”

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Union County handles business, defeats Lumpkin varsity teams

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Friday Jan 4, the Panthers faced off in a region matchup against the Lumpkin County Indians. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7pm, the Lady Panthers got off to a hot start, taking a 12-3 lead as the first quarter came to a close.

The Lady Panthers continued to impress in the second quarter, led by sophomore center Kait Mccarter.  Mccarter nearly had a double-double in the first half, with 10 points scored and eight boards collected before the end of the first two quarters of play.

After halftime, the Lady Panthers showed no signs of letting up.  They went on a 10-3 run to end the third quarter with a score of 34-19 going into the fourth, a somewhat comfortable 15-pt lead.

The fourth quarter was a duplication of the previous three, demonstrated with an 11-2 run by the Lady Panthers, who at one point led by as many as 24.

The Lady Panthers top scorers were senior guard Bailey Daniel who had 19 (she is 7 points away from 1000!) and sophomore forward Kait Mccarter with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Panthers improve to 10-4 and 3-1 in 7-AAA.  The next game will be Saturday, Jan 5, at Andrews (NC) at 5:30pm.

Varsity boys dominate in 76-54 win over Lumpkin County
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers, tipping off at 8:30pm Friday night.
The varsity boys got off to a hot start, with starting forward Sawyer Drake scoring 12 straight points to put Union County up 23-17 after the first quarter of regulation.
Early in the second, however, tragedy struck as the super sophomore was forced to limp off the court in pain.  Preliminary reports speculate Drake suffered a torn meniscus, an injury that would certainly leave some large shoes to fill for the Panthers.
As the team regrouped, they continued to keep the momentum in their favor and led by as many as 17 in before heading to the locker room at halftime, leading by 13, 40-27.
The third quarter was much of the same, as the Panthers came out and went back to work.  They managed the ball well offensively, avoided unnecessary fouls,  and continued to apply pressure defensively; extending their lead at the end of the third by a score of 64-39. A large part of that effort offensively came from senior forward Crawford Colwell, who had produced 21 points going into the final quarter of play.
Union (12-2, 3-1) finished the game with a final score of 76-54. They traveled to Andrews (NC) on Saturday, full story to follow.
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