Posted: Friday, November 8th 2013 at 11:36pm
Lumpkin stuns playoff-bound Stephens County
By Jeff Hart Staff
TOCCOA – Jonathan Gilreath caught 18 passes, three for touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final minute, to lift Lumpkin County to a stunning 31-28 victory over Stephens County Friday at The Reservation.
Lumpkin County (2-8, 2-5 Region 8-AAAA) led 17-7 at halftime but fell behind twice in the fourth quarter. Stephens County took its first lead of the game, 21-17, on a touchdown with 9:00 left.
Lumpkin County reclaimed the lead 24-21 on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Daniel McCrary to Gilreath but Stephens County (5-5, 3-4) scored with 2:20 left in the game to take a 28-24 lead.
Lumpkin County would mount an 80-yard drive that was capped on a 3-yard TD pass from McCrary to Gilreath with 29 seconds left for a 31-28 lead.
Gilreath would then seal the win with an interception on the final play of the game.
Lumpkin County coach Brad Waggoner said the year-end victory is something they can build on for next season.
“Absolutely,” he said. “We've got a lot of young players that have noe gotten some experience and understand what we want them to do and what they need to do to be competitive. This wasa great for us and the program. It's a great way to end the season.”
While the game stats were completely finalized, Waggoner said Gilreath finished with over 200 yards receiving and McCrary had over 300 yards passing on the night.
It was also the first-ever win for Lumpkin County over Stephens County in four career meetings.
Despite the loss, Stephens County will move on the state playoffs. The Indians will take on Region 6-AAAA champion Marist in Atlanta next week in the first round.
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