Lumpkin County earns first win of season in defeat of Chestatee

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The Lumpkin County Boys played a complete game in their 67-43 win over Chestatee on Tuesday night in Dahlonega. They won every quarter and only allowed six points in the second quarter. Their defense stifled the War Eagles with plenty of blocked shots and an excellent effort on the boards.

Patrick Jackson shoots the corner 3.

Patrick Jackson was all over the court for Lumpkin Tuesday night with 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jacob Cumbie put up 16 points and five rebounds, and Peyton Polk had 11 points, six boards, and a plethora of blocks.

The Indians opened the game on an 8-2 run to get the quick lead. After Chestatee ended the run with a 3-pointer, Chandler Pulley responded with a 3-pointer of his own. Lumpkin had a 20-12 lead after one quarter of play.

The defense of the Indians clamped up the Chestatee offense in the second. They outscored them 15-6 in the quarter to take a commanding 35-18 lead into the half.

Lumpkin County opened the second half with a dunk by Polk, and they never looked back. The scoring in the quarter was fairly even, but the Indians had all the momentum. They led 52-29 at the end of the third.

Chandler Pulley handles the ball at the top of the key.

The Indians won the fourth quarter 15-14 in an almost equal quarter of play. The game started to get physical, but Lumpkin County played strong and won the game 67-43.

Their next game is Friday against Banks County at 8:30 PM.

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Lumpkin County girls take down Chestatee, move to 3-0

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The first half was close, but the Lumpkin County girls outscored the Lady War Eagles 13-3 in the third quarter to pull away and win the game 48-27 Tuesday night in Dahlonega. Kate Jackson lead the way for the Lady Indians with 17 points in the game. Lexi Pierce also chipped in 12 points as the two girls outscored the entire Chestatee team.

Madisyn Echols sets up the offense.

The first quarter was a defensive battle, with Chestatee coming out with a 5-4 lead. Makenzie Caldwell and Madisyn Echols each scored to keep the Lady Indians in the game.

The offenses shook off the rust in the second quarter. Lumpkin took an 11-8 lead before the Lady War Eagles went on a quick 6-0 run to take a 14-11 lead. The Lumpkin County girls responded well with two buckets to take the lead into the half. Pierce stole the ball and got a layup to end the half, giving her team the 15-14 halftime lead.

The second half was all Indians, as they scored the first five and last eight points of the third quarter to take a 28-17 lead into the final quarter.

Kate Jackson shoots a free throw in the fourth quarter.

Chestatee tried throwing a press defense at the Lumpkin girls, but they broke it with ease. The Indians put up 20 points in the final quarter to extend their lead to a comfortable margin. They scored the last six points of the game and won their home-opener 48-27 over Chestatee.

The Indians’ next game is Friday as they play host to Banks County at 7:00 PM.

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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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Indians battle cold and Rebels; fall short 35-14

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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.

BoJack Dowdy (No. 35) hands off to Trey Wilkes (No. 15) for the “Philly Special” play.

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.

Trey Wilkes (No. 15) receives a pass from Tucker Kirk for the second Lumpkin County touchdown.

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.

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Dahlonega man faces charges of aggravated child molestation

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — A 36-year-old Dahlonega man is in the Lumpkin County Detention Center today, facing charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation.

A female student at Lumpkin County High School told Alan Hogan, a counselor and tennis coach at the school, that Jason Bittinger had molested her and her sister for years, starting when they were five years old until the time they reached the age of 13.

The counselor brought the information to School Resource Officer Nichols Parrish who conducted an interview. The girl said Bittinger lived in the same home and that when she told her mother, they argued about it.

She said she didn’t come forward because she feared retaliation. Hogan also made a referral to the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

The incident was turned over to Lumpkin County CID and after an investigation, Bittinger was arrested Sept. 29.

 

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Indians fall to Tigers in region opener 45-0

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The Lumpkin County Indians got off to a rough start in region play Friday night. Despite all their best efforts, the Indians fell to the Dawson County Tigers 45-0.

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Quarterback Tucker Kirk hands off to running back BoJack Dowdy.

The Indians held the Tigers to a field goal during their first possession. Then Dawson County scored after picking up a live ball from a punt and running it in for a touchdown. The Tigers would go on to score five more touchdowns- three passing and two rushing.

Despite going into the half behind 38-0, the Indians continued to play hard.

BoJack Dowdy led the rushing game for the Indians with 44 yards over 12 carries. Dowdy also had one catch for 15 yards. Quarterback Tucker Kirk added 11 yards over five carries and two completions- one a 6 yard pass to Roy Bennett and another for 15 yards to Dowdy.

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Jarod Hoch during an assisted tackle with teammate Trey Wilkes.

On defense, the Indians Tanner Kirk made four tackles over the course of the game. Ethan Kline, Jarod Hoch and Aaron Hopkins followed shortly behind with three tackles each.

Even though opening week in region play was hard for Lumpkin County, they are going into another bye week. That means they will have two weeks to prepare before hosting Cherokee Bluff in their second region matchup.

The Indians won the game against the Bears last year in Flowery Branch by a final score of 42-19. It was Cherokee Bluff’s first year as a team. Kickoff is scheduled for this year at 7:30 p.m.

 

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LCHS announces upcoming REACH Adult Field Day event

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2019 and Lumpkin County High School will host the second annual REACH Adult Field Day event on March 28, 2020.

Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2019, partnered with Lumpkin County Schools, hosts the event and according to LLC’s social media page, “The mission of the Leadership Lumpkin County Class of 2019 is to have an indelible and positive impact on the Lumpkin County community by advancing the post-secondary educational opportunities for these local students…We believe that by seeking collaboration with local businesses, community members, and sponsors, we will have a progressive impact on the future of our children. held each year to raise money in order to help underprivileged Lumpkin County students excel academically and reach their future goals.”

Last year, over 53% of  LC students received free or reduced lunches, 150 students were homeless, and Lumpkin County had approximately 25% of their students receive a college or technical college post-secondary education. LCHS assistant principal, Jason Lemley, told FYN, “We have a goal to raise $20,000 this year!  We raised over $15,000 last year, and we are confident we can get to 20K.  We already have our first sponsor, and we will be reaching out to many others soon.  Last year was a great first year, and we want this to grow year after year.  Even if you don’t participate on a team, come out and enjoy the hilarious “talent” and join us for a day of fun!”

The event will be at the Lumpkin County High School. For more information, contact Mr. Lemley at LCHS.

 

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Tough loss for Indians in road game against Jackson

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The Lumpkin County Indians football team fell in a tough loss to the Jackson County Panthers on Friday night. But there was one bright spot. In a game that was hosted at Jackson County, a hour away from the Indians home in Dahlonega, the stands were filled with loyal Indians fans. No matter what, the Lumpkin County football team will always have family and friends there to support them.

The Lumpkin County offense lining up for a play.

Lumpkin County started the game on a high note- a fumble by the Panthers recovered by the Indians. A combination of carries by Drew Allison and BoJack Dowdy, along with a completed pass from Tucker Kirk to Brian Cunane, almost got the Indians into Panther territory until a fumble was recovered by the Panthers. Jackson County was set up in scoring position in Indian territory, which they took advantage of for their first touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt was no good, but during the Indians next drive a snap was recovered in the endzone to score a safety for the Panthers. With 4:37 left in the first, the Panthers held a lead of 8-0.

Jackson County scored again during their next drive to extend their lead 14-0. The Indians were able to gain some yardage on their next drive, but another bad snap forced them to punt on fourth down.

The Indians defense was able to hold the Panthers offense for the remainder of the first quarter, but the Panthers scored again to open the second quarter. Jackson County scored again on their next drive, but a penalty for an ineligible receiver down field negated their touchdown. The Indians Roy Bennett helped to further prevent a Panther touchdown for his coverage of the receiver on third down.

Jackson County scored once more to finish the half with a 28-0 lead.

The Lumpkin County defense with a stop.

Coming out of the half, the Indians were ready to play harder. They were forced to punt after their next drive, but the ball was fumbled by the Panthers receiver and recovered by Jared Hoch for an Indians first down. Unfortunately the Indians offense was unable to move the ball very far before an interception by the Panthers.

The Lumpkin County defense played a great game in the second half; they held the Panthers to a field goal in their drive after the interception. Furthermore the Panthers were unable to score for the remainder of the game up against the Indians defense.

At the final buzzer, the Panthers were ahead 31-0. After a tough series on the road, the Indians will have the home field advantage during next week’s game against Gilmer County.

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