Game of the Week: Stephens County vs Habersham Central
Our Game of the Week sends us to The Reservation for a rivalry as rich and old as any around.
The Indians have been a great surprise, going 3-1 on the season. What’s surprising is the leap from the Week One 44-6 loss to White County to where they are now. With three straight wins, this team’s confidence is as strong as it’s been in years. The emergence of sophomore QB Ben Stowe has been absolutely pivotal. Gamarion Carter has been the weapon we all know he is. Aside from Stowe, the biggest impact player we didn’t see coming is defensive lineman Jahari Burns.
Habersham Central is coming off a very tough loss to #5-ranked White County that came down to a final drive. The Raiders (2-1) are run-heavy as we’ve learned already, but Joshua Pickett does have an arm that he’ll use when he has to. The defense, as we’ve said before, has been fantastic, and leaps and bounds better than years past.
BY THE NUMBERS (2020)
- 3-1 (0-0)
- Region Standings: 3rd
- 27.0 OFFENSE AVG
- 16.75 DEFENSE AVG
- N/A State Ranking
- 2-1 (0-0)
- Region Standings: T-2nd
- 34.67 OFFENSE AVG
- 23.0 DEFENSE AVG
- N/A State Ranking
Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 5. Highlights will also be shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show tonight. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (WiFi pending).
This matchup is intense, to be certain. To add some extra sauce on this one, it marks both team’s final tune-ups prior to region play. OUR PICK: FAN VOTE
DO WE BRING LUCK?
Not for the Raiders. We’ve captured 45 games for the Raiders (most out of all local programs), and they’ve gone 13-32 in those contests. That track record is a little better for Stephens County, as they have gone 8-8 in 16 games we’ve documented for them.
DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP
TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Stephens County HS / Toccoa, GA / The Reservation
LAST MEETING: Habersham 27, White 21 (2019)
ALL-TIME RECORD: Stephens 30, Habersham 12, 1 Tie
RECORDS: Stephens County Indians (3-1; 0-0 in 8-AAA); Habersham Central Raiders (2-1; 0-0 in 8-AAAAAA)
This rivalry has some DEEP roots! Stephens owns this series all-time, 30-12-1. It dates back to 1970 to be exact, and both teams traded wins and losses pretty evenly until 1985. That’s when the pendulum really swung in the Indians’ favor. Stephens won 9 of the next 12 in the series heading into 1996. That season marked the last time in quite awhile that Habersham won. The streak began, as the Indians won the versions in 1997-01, 2004-07, 2012-13, and 2016-18. That marked 14 in a row for Stephens over a 23-year span. Last year, the tides turned with a Raider victory. Who’s got this one? Below is the full six-pack of BLITZ versions of this rivalry we have captured.
TEAM LEADERS (2020 PLAYER STATS)
Ben Stowe (522 pass yds, 4 TD, 4 INT; 52% completion)
Corey Ibrahim (253 yds, 4 TD, 5.5 YPC)
Zach Feaster (142 yds, 2 TD, 3.4 YPC)
KP Hayes (78 yds, 1 TD, 4.9 YPC)
Ben Stowe (62 yds, 3 TD, 2.0 YPC)
Gamarion Carter (332 yds, 3 TD, 14 rec)
Cam’ron Lacy (146 yds, 0 TD, 16 rec)
Zhy Perry (40 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec)
Jahari Burns (27 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 Sack, 2 Forced Fum)
Kyle Watson (24 TKL, 2 Fum Rec)
Vadole Fleming (23 TKL, 3 TFL, 2 Forced Fum, 2 Fum Rec)
Joshua Pickett (340 pass yds, 5 TD, 0 INT; 40% completion)
Jackson Clouatre (508 yds, 4 TD, 10.8 YPC)
Joshua Pickett (487 yds, 5 TD, 11.3 YPC)
Simarcus Burney (18 yds, 1 TD, 2.6 YPC)
Austin Wood (128 yds, 3 TD, 6 rec)
Patrick Tedder (81 yds, 1 TD, 9 rec)
Azzi Cervantes (59 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec)
Grayson Taylor (44 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec)
Garrett Heaton (27 TKL, 4 TFL)
Grayson Taylor (24 TKL, 1 TFL)
Sutton Dover (23 TKL)
Patrick Tedder (22 TKL, 0.5 TFL, 2 INT)
Tanner Wade (21 TKL, 4.5 TFL, 2 Sacks)
Caleb Wade (19 TKL, 4 TFL)
Tanner Wade (16 TKL, 1 INT)