Game Of The Week: North Hall vs Stephens County

Originally, we had Union against Commerce for this Friday Game of the Week. But with a Union cancellation due to COVID issues, we pivot to going to The Brickyard to see the Stephens County Indians battle the North Hall Trojans.

NORTH HALL

The Trojans won a 17-14 thriller at Paulding County. It took a 4th quarter comeback, something North Hall is used to doing. Kevin Rochester is the guy to look out for more than any other on this team.

STEPHENS COUNTY

Stephens County needed a second half comeback to take care of White County at The Reservation in the opener. The Indians are riding high after that win, but now must go take on a pesky North Hall team at The Brickyard.

BY THE NUMBERS (2021)

NORTH HALL

  • 1-0 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 17.00 OFFENSE AVG
  • 14.00 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

STEPHENS COUNTY

  • 1-0 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 34.0 OFFENSE AVG
  • 20.0 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping Week 2. Highlights are shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show throughout the regular season. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (WiFi pending).

OUR PREDICTION

This should be a great game. North Hall runs the wishbone option better than nearly any team in the state. Kevin Rochester is a beast, and Bradford Puryear looks like he could break out this season. Meanwhile, Ben Stowe and Cam Lacey are electric as a duo, and guys like Corey Richie, Armand Cunningham, Bailey Stowe, and Tyson Everett have the look of a very athletic and talented bunch. North Hall at The Brickyard is an advantage, but there’s a lot to like about the Stephens offense. OUR PICK: Stephens County

DO WE BRING LUCK?

In 17 games we’ve covered for Stephens County over the years, they are over .500 at 9-8 overall. That includes a win we saw of theirs last year against Habersham Central.

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: North Hall HS / Gainesville, GA / The Brickyard
LAST MEETING: 2020: Stephens 34, North Hall 0
ALL-TIME RECORD: Stephens County 21, North Hall 1
RECORDS: North Hall Trojans (1-0; 0-0 in 7-AAA); Stephens County Indians (1-0; 0-0 in 8-AAA)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

This is a lopsided affair, with Stephens County taking 21 out of 22 matchups, most recently a 34-0 shutout last season. The first meeting goes back to 1958, a 41-0 win for the Indians. The 50s saw Stephens go 2-for-2, followed by 4-for-4 in the 60s. In the 90s, which marked the next time the matchup was held after nearly 30 years without squaring off, Stephens County won all 10 matchups, which included 4 shutouts. North Hall finally won in 2004 with Bob Christmas as head coach. That snapped a 16-game win streak for the Indians in the series. However, the Indians have won each version since, in 2010-11, 2014-15, and 2020. All told, Stephens has pitched 8 shutouts all-time against the Trojans.

TEAM LEADERS (2021)

NORTH HALL

PASSING
Bradford Puryear

RUSHING
Kevin Rochester
Bradford Puryear
Ajay Jones

RECEIVING
N/A

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
N/A

STEPHENS COUNTY

PASSING
Ben Stowe (99 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 67% completion)

RUSHING
Tyson Everett (120 yds, 1 TD, 7.1 YPC)
Ben Stowe (69 yds, 1 TD, 5.3 YPC)
Armand Cunningham (17 yds, 1 TD, 4.3 YPC)
Cam Lacy (10 yds, 0 TD, 5 YPC)
Javin Gordon (3 yds, 0 TD, 1.5 YPC)

RECEIVING
Cam Lacy (46 yds, 0 TD, 1 Rec)
Bailey Stowe (32 yds, 0 TD, 3 Rec)
Corey Richie (24 yds, 1 TD, 3 Rec)

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Armand Cunningham (9 TKL)
Jasec Smith (8 TKL)
Bryson Trimier (8 TKL)
Vadole Fleming (8 TKL)
Tyler Fulbright (7 TKL)
Ritt Tankersley (6 TKL, 2 TFL)
Cam Lacy (6 TKL)
Corey Richie (3 TKL, 1 INT)

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