OAKWOOD — Lumpkin County’s powerful ground attack rolled to a 41-13 victory Friday night over West Hall.
The Indians’ offense totaled 405 yards on the ground, rushing for all five of Lumpkin County’s offensive touchdowns, behind strong performances by Jake McClure, Lance Chuvala and Michael Flanagan.
Running the ball seemed to be the plan all along, especially with Lumpkin (4-3, 2-2 Region 7A-AAA) coming off a season high 328 rushing yards the previous week in a 34-7 win over Pickens.
"We felt like running the ball was something that we could do well," Lumpkin County coach Tommy Jones said. "We knew that if our players could come out and run hard, we could move the ball."
Lumpkin’s offense found footing behind an offensive line that was simply in control. The Indians’ offensive linemen were able to tear holes open for rushers, who ripped off big gain after big gain, including touchdown runs of 34 yards by McClure and 56 yards by Flanagan.
Flanagan and quarterback Taylor Guthrie followed their career high rushing performances from the previous week by again making solid contributions. Guthrie ran four times for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Flanagan made the most of his three carries by carrying for 71 yards and three touchdowns.
The Indians defense also was solid, led by a 68-yard fumble return by defensive back Chad Fulton. They limited West Hall’s potent passing game to just 185 yards through the air, with quarterback Shunquez Stephens coming off a 452-yard performance against Johnson.
The defense was able to pressure Stephens all night by blitzing extra defenders and collapsing the pocket. The Indians sacked Stephens three times for minus-18 yards, and were able to hurry his throws with steady pressure all night.
"We prepared for big plays," Jones said. "We knew that Stephens would complete passes and gain yards, but we had to limit his chances in order to slow down their offense."
West Hall (0-8, 0-4) is off next week before facing East Hall on Oct. 30.