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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin County High School this past Saturday to take on the Rebels. Both teams were coming from losses and hungry for a win.
It started off as a low scoring quarter. Rebel, Chandler Kendall, led Fannin in scoring with sixteen points by driving the lane. Indian, Chandler Pulley, led Lumpkin in scoring with ten points by making outside shots. With Lumpkin’s full court press, it made it difficult for Fannin to get to the basket in the first quarter. The Indians finished the first quarter with a 11-4 lead over the Rebels.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Fannin began to find ways to get past the press and score more points. The Rebels started to look up the court and find open teammates. Rebel, Jack Gobble, had a great game above the key and contributed four points for his team. Payton Holt got after it with his hustle and put thirteen points on the board for Fannin. The Rebels kept fighting for the lead at the end of the second quarter with the Indians still ahead 27-18.
The third quarter was filled with fouls from both teams. Rebel Post, Joel Kinser, contributed one point for his team from a foul shot. Jalen Ingram got aggressive down low and added two more points to Fannin’s score from the foul line. Cohutta Hyde drew fouls by driving inside and put one more point on the board for Fannin. With Fannin getting more aggressive on offense, their score got closer and closer to Lumpkin’s. At the end of the third, the Indians were still in the lead with a score of 36-30 over the Rebels.
The Rebels started to make a comeback during the fourth quarter. Fannin started to have good looks and passes inside which allowed Nathaniel Garrison to put six more points on the board. Joe Satchell played hard and got snatches on defense which resulted in him scoring seven points overall for Fannin. Two of Satchell’s seven points were made from a rebound on defense that he ran back for a layup, putting Fannin only two points behind the Indians. With the Rebels having a chance of winning the ball game, they applied heavy defensive pressure to the Indians. With the tension being high, the Rebels began to foul. As the Rebels kept fouling, the Indians score increased. Fannin hustled down the court and managed to once again be two points behind the Indians as time on the clock ran out. The Fannin Rebels endured a tough 52-50 loss to the Lumpkin Indians.
The Rebels loss puts their overall record at 2-12 while the Indians also stand at 2-12. Catch the Rebels next game on January 9 at 7:30 as they take on East Hall at home!
The game was close from the beginning to the end. Both teams were coming from a loss prior to the matchup and were determined to get a win. The Lumpkin County Lady Indians traveled to Fannin County this past Saturday to take on the Lady Rebels.
The Lady Rebels started off with the ball from tip-off. Rebel, Savada Collins, led Fannin in scoring with eleven points due to her drive to win. Lady Indians, Maddie Self and Mackenzie Pulley, led Lumpkin in scoring by each putting seven points on the board. The Lady Indians played in a zone defense which put the Rebels relying on passes to get open shots. Lumpkin double teamed Fannin and trapped them in the corner to keep them from scoring which proved to be effective in the first quarter. At the end of the first, the Lady Indians had a 6-2 lead over the Rebels.
With the second quarter starting, the Lady Rebels began to come up with ways to get to the basket past the Indians defense. Fannin started to drive the lane through the defense and draw fouls. The Rebels also started to run plays up top made for a zone defense. The plays moved the defense around with the ball and left Rebel posts wide open. Lady Rebel, Hope Franklin, had a good game from the block where she contributed seven points for Fannin. Makenzie McClure had grit down low which allowed her to put four more points on the board for the Rebels. Another Rebel post, Bailey Whitener, had rebounds that resulted in her scoring two more points for her team. The Rebels went into halftime only one point behind the Indians with a score of 17-16.
The intensity came alive at the beginning of the third quarter. With Lumpkin finding new ways to score, so did Fannin. The Lady Indians saw that the Rebels had a weak offside defense and took advantage of it. Lumpkin would draw Fannin to one side, leaving an open backdoor where the Lady Indians would come in and make wide open layups. With the Lady Indians adding onto their score, the Rebels did the same. Fannin started to take and make outside shots. Lady Rebel, Maleah Stepp, contributed five points for her team with her hustle and ability to make outside shots. Morgan Patton also added five points to Fannin’s score with her ankle-breaking moves. Out of Patton’s five points, three of them were from the three point shot that put Fannin in the lead for the first time in the game. Fannin finally took the lead at the end of the third with a score of 25-23.
Both teams fought until the end. Lumpkin would have the ball one second and then Fannin would have it the next. Each team wanted to win and you could tell by their performance on the court. Despite Lumpkin’s attempt to take their lead back, Fannin kept it and had a 34-31 victory over the Lady Indians.
The Lady Rebels win puts their overall record at 8-8 while the Lady Indians stand at 6-8. Catch the Lady Rebels next game on January 9 as they take on East Hall at home starting at 6!