Stephens County wins ‘Battle of Currahee’ to remain unbeaten [VIDEO]
The first half – and for part of the second – was a typical ‘Battle of Currahee’ between the visiting Stephens County Indians and the Habersham Central Raiders. It was 14-6 going into the break in favor of the #4-ranked Indians (5-0), and Habersham (2-2) pulled within 14-12 with an early third quarter TD. Stephens County then scored twice more in the third and another in the fourth for good measure to earn a 35-18 win.
WR Cam Lacy and QB Ben Stowe did much of the damage for Stephens, with the duo connecting for 3 TDs in the ball game, while Stowe added a rushing score later in the third.
The Indians scored with 4:32 left in the first on a Stowe 72-yd TD pass to Lacy to get the scoring started. Habersham Central responded immediately, scoring with 2:30 left in the quarter on a 10-yard Simarcus Burney TD. The extra point failed, leading the Raiders trailing 7-6.
The Indians opened the second with an 8-yard TD pass from Stowe to Lacy, in which Stowe stretched the play out by scrambling and finding Lacy in the back of the end zone for an impressive TD catch that carried with it a 14-6 lead. Habersham had the ball deep in Indians territory to end the first half, but Bryson Trimier had the first of his 2 interceptions to end the half.
The Raiders scored with 9:59 left in the third quarter on a Burney 42-yard TD run. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good, leaving Habersham down 14-12. Not to be outdone, Stephens County struck back when Stowe found Lacy on a quick out, and he went 58 yards down the sideline for the 21-12 lead with 8:40 on the clock.
Stowe scored with 3:23 left in the third from 2 yards out for a commanding 28-12 lead. The Raiders found new life in the third, when Carson Parker kept for a 1-yard TD with 9:15 left. Another 2-point try failed, keeping the Indians up 28-18. Javin Gordon added a 13-yard TD for the final punch and 35-18 lead.
The Indians made it 2 straight in the series against Habersham, and remain unbeaten at 5-0 overall. The Raiders fall to 2-2. Stowe finished with 279 passing yards and 3 TD, while Lacy had 7 catches for 185 yards and 3 TDs. Corey Richie added 90 yards receiving, while Gordon had 80 rushing yards and a score. For the Raiders, Burney had 132 rushing yards and 2 TD, while Parker finished with 152 passing yards against 3 interceptions, adding 62 yards rushing. Caleb Wade (77 yards) and Zeke Whittington (38 yards) were the go-to receivers for Parker.