The Lumpkin Co. Indians (2-4) fell to the Lakeview Academy Lions (1-2) 3-2 on Monday night in Dahlonega. The Lions scored with only five minutes remaining to take the lead and win the game.
Lakeview scored first with a goal only five minutes into the game. The Indians were able to respond by scoring off a corner kick from #1 Joe Froggatt that was scored off a header from #10 Dylan Bodney. However, the Lions scored another goal with only eight seconds left in the half to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.
It took 31 minutes, but Lumpkin scored first in the second half. #5 Ricky Limehouse scored on a header after a corner kick from Froggatt with nine minutes left in the game. However, the Lions scored again with only five minutes remaining to take a 3-2 lead. They ended up holding onto that lead to win the game.
Lumpkin Co. plays again on Wednesday as they host West Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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!
Noah Adams stepped up for his Lumpkin County team in a tough game against North Hall.
Noah made at least three solo tackles throughout the night. One of those tackles was a sack for a loss of five yards against the Trojans. Another was to prevent any gain of yards. He also blocked an extra point attempt, which prevented North Hall from breaking the 60-point mark.
Congratulations to Noah Adams, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians!
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.
Despite hard effort and an early touchdown, the Lumpkin County Indians football team was unable to get past region opponent Cherokee Bluff and lost 45-14.
The Indians defense kicked in early on, holding Cherokee Bluff to a field goal during their first drive. A turnover during the Indians first possession lead into a touchdown for the Bears, but Lumpkin County wasn’t backing down.
A combination of completed passes from quarterback Tucker Kirk and scampers from running back BoJack Dowdy led the Indians next drive. It was capped off by an 18 yard touchdown pass from Kirk to Brian Cunane, and the Indians closed the gap on the Bears 10-7.
Kirk finished the night off with an increased passing game- eight completions for 11 attempts. One of those was the first touchdown pass to Cunane, and several others accounted for first downs. Kirk also showed his skills off on the ground with a total of 64 yards rushing.
Dowdy accounted for 87 of the Indians’ rushing yards over 18 carries.
Cherokee Bluff was able to answer Lumpkin County’s touchdown with one of their own and extend their lead 17-7 going into the second quarter. The Bears running game was led by sophomore running back Jayquan Smith, who racked up yards and touchdowns.
Lumpkin County’s defense struggled to keep up with Smith, but had their fair share of stops. Tanner Barber and Ethan Kline led the way with three solo tackles. Tate Reinhardt, Ryan Burkhart and Aaron Hopkins added to the total with two each.
The two teams went into the half with Cherokee Bluff ahead 31-7. The Bears would score twice more in the second half- but the Indians would have the last word for their homecoming.
The Indians spent their last possession driving down the field and winding down the clock. Kirk completed a 13 yard pass to Burkhart for a first down. Dowdy scampered down the field into Bears territory, and with a mere three minutes left punched it in for an eight yard touchdown. Final score Cherokee Bluff 45, Lumpkin County 14.
As is a new tradition for Lumpkin County this year, the football team took a moment after the game to thank the band and cheerleaders for their support. Undoubtedly the same support will follow the football team as they travel to Greater Atlanta Christian next Friday night.
Brian Cunane is this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians! Although Brian typically plays in a receiver/safety role, this week he played a key part as the punter.
Many of Brian’s punt returns forced Dawson County to start their next drive from deep in their own territory. This position gave the Indians more opportunity to put a stop to the Tigers’ drives.
Even though Dawson County ended up winning, Brian’s role as the punter helped his fellow teammates on defense. Brian even made two solo tackles. Congratulations to Brian Cunane- this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week!
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to week 4 TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians– runningback BoJack Dowdy!
BoJack played a huge role in the Indians first season win on Friday night. He ran for 166 yards over 22 carries and scored three of the four touchdowns for the Indians. After the game he was all smiles as he celebrated with his teammates and family.
Congratulations to BoJack for being named this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week!
Congratulations go out to Ethan Kline, no. 16 for the Lumpkin County Indians, for being named this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week!
Ethan played a key role in the Indians’ game against Jackson County on Friday night. He made multiple great tackles throughout the second half that prevented the Panthers from being able to score any more points. Ethan was one of the top few on the team for most tackles throughout the night.
Congratulations again to Ethan Kline, no. 16 for the Lumpkin County Indians, for being named this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week!
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.
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.
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.
In a tough game against the White County Warriors on Friday night, Jason Chamblee played a key role on defense. Jason helped to prevent the Warriors from scoring any more touchdowns late into the game. The Warriors were ahead 38-0 in the third quarter, and in scoring position again on the two yard line. Chamblee helped to prevent the Warriors from moving any further- during the next play the Warriors were pushed back two yards to the four yard line.
Head coach Caleb Sorrells said of Jason, “He has been more of a LB/RB type in the past, and when we asked him to play OL/DL, he didn’t even blink. He’s poured himself into that role w/o a single complaint and has emerged as a key component of our trench warriors on both sides of the ball.”
Congratulations to Jason Chamblee, no. 51, for being named this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week!
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.
Team FYN Sports is excited to announce the first Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians- tight end/defensive end Aaron Hopkins! Hopkins is an exceptional athlete who stood out on the field Friday night in the Lumpkin season opener against East Jackson.
Hopkins sacked the East Jackson quarterback twice during their first possession for a total loss of 19 yards. This loss of yardage forced East Jackson to punt on fourth down. After one of Hopkins’s teammates blocked the punt, Hopkins recovered the ball in the endzone for Lumpkin County’s first touchdown of the night. Hopkins also made several other great tackles throughout the game to help push the Eagles back.
Hopkins is an example of an athlete who is passionate about his sport. Over the summer he attended multiple football camps at colleges across the country including University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Harvard. As a senior also focused on graduation, he has received five scholarship offers. He is a scholar athlete with a GPA of 3.9. Congratulations to Aaron for being selected as the first Team FYN Sports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians!
The Lumpkin County Indians football team may not have played a perfect game on Friday night, but they still defeated Towns County 41-7 in their scrimmage at home.
Lumpkin started off strong when they recovered a Towns County fumble to take over on their 32 yard line. With great field position it didn’t take long for Lumpkin County to get in the end zone. Unfortunately a touchdown by Lumpkin County’s Drew Allison was overturned after a penalty call on Lumpkin, and a field goal attempt was no good.
During their next possession Lumpkin County’s BoJack Dowdy carried for a first down, and a 22 yard pass from quarterback Tucker Kirk to Trey Wilkes gained the Indians their first touchdown of the night. Shortly after Allison carried the ball another 22 yards for Lumpkin and drove in their second touchdown of the night.
Towns County fumbled again on their 25 yard line, setting Lumpkin County up for yet another touchdown. Roy Bennett rushed for twenty yards and gained Lumpkin a first down. Another completed pass from Kirk to Brian Cunane landed the Indians their third touchdown and a lead of 21-0.
The Lumpkin Indians scored their fourth touchdown of the night after Bennett carried 44 yards to gain the Indians a big first down. On the next play, Tanner Barber ran the ball in from the one yard line for Lumpkin County’s fourth touchdown of the night.
Towns County managed to get a first down during their next possession, but were pushed back by the Lumpkin County defense and an off-side penalty. Lumpkin County finished up the half with a big gain of twenty yards and another touchdown- this time from a two yard carry from Dowdy.
Coming out of the half, Lumpkin County was unable to get anything in the end zone during their first possession. Towns County scored their first and only touchdown of the night after a 23 yard pass from Kyle Oakes to Garrett Oakes.
Lumpkin County had a short celebration after an interception in the third quarter. Unfortunately a fumble gave possession right back to Towns County, which then gained two more first downs before fumbling again on their own 48 yard line.
Freshman Caden Gibson carried the ball twenty yards during Lumpkin’s next possession for their last touchdown of the night. Lumpkin kept Towns pushed back during their last possession of the night, and when buzzer sounded Lumpkin finished the game ahead 41-7.
The Lumpkin County Indians will take on East Jackson at home next week. Watch the post-game interview with head coach Caleb Sorrells below!
Lumpkin Indians football is officially underway for the 2019 season- and so is the beginning of a new style of offense for the team.
Under the direction of new head football coach Caleb Sorrells, the Indians are upping their passing game. Fans got a glimpse of what this new offense will look like at the annual Meet the Indians event Friday night.
The event started with an introduction to the 2019 Indians team, immediately followed by the Purple and Gold scrimmage game. The game was divided into the normal four quarters, but with a shortened time of ten minutes per quarter.
Starting quarterback Tucker Kirk threw a total of seven completions over the course of the game- a testament to the Indians rechanneled offense. Backup quarterback Roy Bennett also threw a total of four out of five attempts. The Indians offense also scored a total of two touchdowns, both in the first quarter.
Coach Caleb Sorrells said of the passing game, “We threw the ball well. It’s a building process and so we’re still pretty simple, and we’ll just get good at what we can do and then begin to build once we master the basics.”
The Meet the Indians event also featured an introduction to the seniors on the Lumpkin Indians cheer squad in between the first and second quarters. The Lumpkin County Band of Gold performed a shortened version of their halftime show, and the Dahlonega Nugget Challenge saw three of the local newspaper’s reporters take on three Indians in a pass, punt and kick competition.
“The kids were excited, it was a good atmosphere [and] a lot of people came out,” said Coach Sorrells. “It’ll be good to go back and really evaluate where we are moving into our scrimmage week.”
The Indians will face Towns County in their scrimmage next Friday. Watch the full post-game interview with Coach Sorrells by using the link below!
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!