Game of the Week: Lumpkin County vs Temple

Our Week Four Game of the Week takes us to Dahlonega as the Lumpkin County Indians host Temple. The Indians come in with an offense averaging over 45 per game, and the defense has allowed all of 13 total points.

LUMPKIN COUNTY

For the first time since 2003, Lumpkin County starts a season at 3-0. And the Indians are not just winning, they’re doing it with a high-octane offense averaging north of 45 per game. Meanwhile, the defense takes it personal when a team scores off them. To that end, Lumpkin has held opponents to 13 total points (4.3 per game) early on. Now, a win would give the Indians a 4-0 start for the third time ever, last happening in 1988 (and previously 1967). This is an exciting time for the Indians. Cooper Scott, Mason Sullens, Will Wood, Cal Faulkner, all doing their thing in the first year of the Heath Webb era.

TEMPLE

The Tigers are 2-1 here early in the season, and were just 1-7 last year. Head coach Cory Nix is in his first season over Temple, and third overall. This program seeks to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2019. Senior QB Cam Vaughn presents a challenge, as he has been solid as a dual threat. So far, he already has 10 rushing TD and 637 yards. That yardage has him second overall in the state and first in 1A DI in rushing. In the air, he’s passed for 202 yards with a TD. This team is run-first, with 82% of plays going on the ground. At 6’2, 170, Vaughn is fielding some college offers at the moment.

BY THE NUMBERS (2022)

LUMPKIN COUNTY

  • 3-0 (0-0 in 7-AAA)
  • Region Standings: 1st
  • 45.7 OFFENSE AVG (4th in Class 3A)
  • 4.3 DEFENSE AVG (1st in Class 3A)
  • N/A State Ranking

TEMPLE

  • 2-1 (0-0 in 4-A DI)
  • Region Standings: 1st
  • 30.3 OFFENSE AVG
  • 19.3 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping Week Four. 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 (5G pending).

OUR PREDICTION

Lumpkin County has momentum, and home field. For starters, that’s a HUGE get. Factor in that while the offense ranks fourth best in the classification, the defense is first overall. This will be the toughest game yet in terms of stopping an elite player in dual threat QB Cam Vaughn (2nd in state in rushing). Still, Lumpkin has done really well on both sides of the ball, and have more than enough playmakers to counter. It just seems like destiny for the Indians… OUR PICK: Lumpkin County

DO WE BRING LUCK?

In 15 all-time games we’ve attended for Lumpkin County, the Indians have gone 3-12 in such contests. The last win we saw for this team came way back in 2011 when the Indians beat Johnson at home. It’s been 0-8 since, so we’re finally ready to see this team walk off the field with a W.

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Lumpkin County HS / Dahlonega, GA / The Burial Grounds
LAST MEETING: N/A
ALL-TIME RECORD: N/A
RECORDS: Lumpkin County Indians (3-0; 0-0 in 7-AAA); Temple Tigers (2-1; 0-0 in 4-A DI)
HEAD COACHES: Heath Webb (64-67; 13 Seasons); Cory Nix (7-16; 3 Seasons)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

There is zero history between these programs…that will be made in Week Four.

TEAM LEADERS (2022 Stats)

LUMPKIN COUNTY

PASSING
Cooper Scott – 405 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT, 80% completion

RUSHING
Mason Sullens – 274 yds, 7 TD, 6.9 YPC
Cooper Scott – 126 yds, 4 TD, 5.3 YPC
Will Wood – 93 yds, 1 TD, 23.3 YPC
Cal Faulkner – 63 yds, 2 TD, 12.6 YPC
Gerald Walker, Jr. – 31 yds, 1 TD, 10.3 YPC

RECEIVING
Cal Faulkner – 111 yds, 1 TD, 5 rec
Harper Davenport – 87 yds, 1 TD, 6 rec
Walker Scott – 66 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec
Carter Disanto – 60 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Will Wood – 15 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 2 FR
Jay Grizzle – 12 TKL, 0.5 Sacks
Nate Gilleland – 8 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 FF, 1 FR
Connor Greilich – 7 TKL, 1 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FR
Connor Bagley – 5 TKL, 4 TFL
Harper Davenport – 4 TKL, 1 INT, 1 PD
Cal Faulkner – 1 INT
Tavion Lawrence – 1 INT

TEMPLE

PASSING
Cam Vaughn – 202 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT, 41% completion

RUSHING
Cam Vaughn – 637 yds, 10 TD, 11.0 YPC (2nd in rushing yards in state; 1st in 1A DI)
CJ Gray – 143 yds, 2 TD, 6.5 YPC
Tristan Vaughn – 94 yds, 0 TD, 6.7 YPC

RECEIVING
McClann Metayer – 108 yds, 0 TD, 5 rec
Jace Glenn – 22 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec

DEFENSIVE LEADERS

N/A – No public records

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