Gridiron Preview 2020: Stephens County
The Indians have been gearing up for what they expect to be a season in which they compete well and win. Here’s the rundown of Stephens County, who is moving down into Class 3A this season:
Head Coach: Wesley Tankersley, 3rd season
2019 Record: 1-9
Wesley Tankersley enters his third year at Stephens, and looking for huge growth.
AUG 28 (SCRIMMAGE) – vs self
SEP 4 – @ White County
SEP 11 – vs North Hall
SEP 18 – @ Jackson County
SEP 25 – vs Madison County
OCT 2 – vs Habersham Central
OCT 9 – BYE
OCT 16 – @ Monroe Area*
OCT 23 – @ Franklin County*
OCT 30 – BYE
NOV 6 – vs Hart County*
NOV 13 – @ Oconee County*
NOV 20 – vs East Jackson*
*8-AAA region game ^schedule edited to reflect recent GHSA decision to delay season 2 weeks
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: Hudson Spurlock, MJ Jones, Chris Sinclair
Key Returning Players: Gamarion Carter, Kenny Colwell, Kelton Cade
Replacing the offense of Spurlock and Jones amounts to over 2,000 rushing yards. However, returning seniors Carter at WR and Colwell at QB gives the Indians some options. With the offense not being run almost exclusively through Spurlock, it will be interesting to see what the offense can do.
Up & Coming Players: Get used to these names – Cam’ron Lacy and Ben Stowe. They’ll be getting it done on both sides of the ball, according to Tankersley. He also feels that both of those upcoming sophomores, along with many other guys in that class, will be contributing in great ways this season.
Offense: Stephens will have a 2-QB system led by senior Colwell and Stowe. Carter will be the go-to playmaker, as the receiver is set for a monster year. Multiple backs will split the load in 2020.
Defense: Jahari Burns and Kalik Sullivan on the D-line will be counted on to contain the run and get after the quarterback.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: The trenches, both O-Line and D-Line, have the bulk of the players back. This provides Stephens plenty of depth there this year.
Focusing On: The Indians have spent the most time addressing relationships during this time. “I mean until the last few weeks we haven’t been able to be around the kids for a long time,” says Tankersley. “So we are focused during this Covid time on our relationships with each other. Helping each other get through this time of uncertainty. Creating a bond, creating trust.”