Posted: Wednesday, October 17th 2012 at 5:02pm
Lumpkin's McCrary firing rebound; earns Jaycees Player of the Week award
By Morgan Lee Editor
Lumpkin County quarterback Daniel McCrary, right, talks with an Indians coach at practice in Dahlonega.
Lumpkin County football has had plenty of opportunities to give in this season -- the Indians have simply refused.
Even after an 0-4 start -- Lumpkin's slowest opening to a campaign since 2006 -- the Indians kept working, battling every day at practice to improve.
It is an attitude that has started to pay off.
Lumpkin has rebounded nicely over the past three weeks, winning two straight games to move to 2-4 and 2-1 in Region 8-AAAA. Guiding the ascent has been starting quarterback Daniel McCrary.
The junior played a key role in last weekend's 34-20 defeat of Madison County in Dahlonega, rushing for 78 yards, passing for 109 and totaling three touchdowns as Lumpkin moved into fourth place in 8-AAAA.
For his efforts McCrary has been named the Gainesville Jaycees Player of the Week.
Earlier this week, Access North Georgia sports editor Morgan Lee caught up with McCrary to talk about the Indians' rebound, his play and the challenges that lie ahead for a young Lumpkin squad.
Lumpkin football coach Tommy Jones has been impressed with the improvement of his quarterback throughout the season, as McCrary has grown into the starting role, learning how to facilitate an offense that attempts to balance the run and the pass.
The Indians face a stern test of their new-found success this Friday when Eastside (4-2, 2-1 Region 8-AAAA) travels to Dahlonega to take on Lumpkin, which is in the second of a three-game home stand.
Each week this football season the Jaycees will team with Jacobs Media to present a Player of the Week award. At the end of the season, the Jaycees will also present a Player of the Year award, as well as name a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship to the most deserving senior.
2012 Gainesville Jaycees Players of the Week
WEEK 1: Tyler Hubbard, quarterback, Banks County
WEEK 2: Gainesville defense
WEEK 3: Bryant Shirreffs, quarterback, Jefferson
WEEK 4: Quan Clark, running back, Chestatee
WEEK 5: North Hall offensive line
WEEK 6: Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Gainesville
WEEK 7: Daniel McCrary, quarterback, Lumpkin County
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