Towns County Basks In Afterglow Of State Championship [VIDEO]

Towns County lived the dream in 2020-21. The Indians did it all – 25-3 overall record, #1 state ranking, Region Championship, and of course….a 1A State Championship, the first in school history.

“Periodically, I watch a little bit of the game, makes it even more real seeing some of those moments,” says coach Rob Benson. “You watch those moments, it brings it back, and makes it more real.”

The players echo that sentiment, especially senior star Kolby Moss.

“It feels pretty good, not many people get to go out on top in their last year,” says Moss, who was recently named BLITZ Player of the Year, Region 8-A Player of the Year, All-State Guard, and on March 26 inked his letter of intent to play at Young Harris. “It definitely means a lot, and we’ve always dreamed of it as a kid. It didn’t really feel real until we get back to the locker room and we start saying ‘we’re state champs.’ You really can’t put it into words, you just have to experience it.”

The Indians were surrounded by hype all season and even leading up to it. They certainly embraced it and were bigger than the hype. Coach Benson pinpoints when he knew something special was unfolding.

“When we had that inter-squad scrimmage…you’re talking 10, maybe 11 or 12 players going at each other, and a final score of 107-102 or somewhere in that range, that was a real moment,” says Benson. “The competition that we had at practice every day…it was pretty heated, it was pretty fun to watch. When you’re that deep, it’s going to make you better.”

One big step for an already formidable group was the addition of North Carolina star players such as Jake McTaggart (All-State Forward), Kabe Ellis, and Hayden McClure, which helped push this team over the top.

Once the team successfully rolled through the regular season and won a region title, and even got to the Elite 8, a new hurdle had to be cleared – winning big games on the road. And that they did. The Indians reeled off wins over Irwin County (61-55) on the road in the Elite 8, Chattahoochee County 59-45 on the road in the Final 4, and over defending state champs Hancock Central 64-60 in Macon.

“Those are probably my three favorite games of the year,” says McTaggart. “They were exciting, they made us get more focused before, because it’s hard to win on the road. You have to be probably be 10 or 15 points better to win a road playoff game. But I feel like we were built for it…we played athletic, tough teams in our region. We had had some close games, so I felt like we were mentally tough enough to get through it.”

“It’s been the same memo since my freshman year,” says Moss about the plan going into the title game. “That was our same game plan for that title game. Go out and do our thing and everything else will fall into place.”

The ripple effects of this dream season will not be able to be measured for quite some time. Little kids in the stands will be inspired by this team and the likes of Kolby Moss, Jake McTaggart, Collin Crowder, Aidan Berrong, Kyle Oakes, Hayden McClure, and others.

“One thing you know that’s going to happen is those younger kids will believe that it can really be done,” states Benson, who also noted that kids will notice and take after the work ethic of guys like Moss.

Kolby Moss signs his LOI with Young Harris // Photo Credit: Heather Nichols

Digital Copy of Interview – Kolby Moss & Jake McTaggart

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Digital Copy of Interview – Rob Benson

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