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North Hall routs Lumpkin County, 55-14, at the Brickyard for second region win
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North Hall running back Cutter Sanford is taken down buy a host of Lumpkin County defenders during the first half of their October 7, 2017 game at The Brickyard. - photo by Scott Rogers

A young North Hall High football team got the job done Friday night at the Brickyard.

The Trojans put together an offensive onslaught with 533 yards from scrimmage to defeat Lumpkin County, 55-14, for their second Region 7-3A win and third-straight victory over the Indians in the all-time series.

The Wing-T attack of North Hall (2-5, 2-1) tallied 271 yards between 11 ball carriers and the offense scored on all but one of their offensive drives, rattling off season highs in points scored and yards. Jack Brown and Drew Faulkner had two rushing touchdowns apiece for the Trojans.

Meanwhile, Evan Abernathy (27-yard touchdown) and Tucker Kirk (131 total yards) had the only two touchdowns for Lumpkin County (0-6, 0-2). Kirk’s 61-yard dash to the endzone on first down came with 2:37 left to play.

The Trojans’ early standing also proves beneficial for Bishop and his young team with tough contests against East Hall, Union County and Greater Atlanta Christian — the most explosive offenses in Region 7-3A — to follow.

“It does a lot for their confidence,” North hall coach David Bishop said of the win. “Kids just put so much pressure on themselves when things don’t go their way. … Yes this is a young team, but at the end of the day, youth disappears with the more experience you get. So for us to get a big win like that is impressive.”

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North Hall's Brady Dehass breaks up a pass intended for Lumpkin County's Julian Hazen during the first half of their October 7, 2017 game at The Brickyard. - photo by Scott Rogers

Trojans quarterback David Seavey had a rushing touchdown and threw for a season-high 224 yards on 8 of 9 attempts, four of those going to senior wideout Noah Holman (116 receiving yards), who also came up with the play of the game on defense.

Holman kept the momentum on North Hall’s side for good after the Trojans opened the game with a long touchdown drive, and Lumpkin County quickly showing poise to answer right back on the ensuing possession. 

Indians quarterback Chandler Woodham (194 total yards) found his wideout Kirk for a 44-yard catch-and-dash play that appeared to be the equalizing score — then the senior defensive back Holman had other plans. He punched the cradled ball loose as Tucker was within a few steps from crossing the plane, and one of North Hall’s defenders fell on the football in the end zone for the game’s first takeaway.

“That’s the kind of stuff we gotta have to win consistently,” Bishop added of Holman. “I’m just proud of the kids and coaches. ...Seavey had a very big night, Noah did a great job of catching the ball — all our kids did. I’m pleased, very pleased.”

From there, the Trojans built 28-7 halftime lead with touchdowns on their first four possessions, opening the game with a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive that chewed up nearly five minutes of the game clock.

Holman’s forced fumble was converted into the Trojans’ second scoring driving. A 69-yard completion from Seavey to Cutter Sanford (138 yards receiving) put the hosts inside Lumpkin’s 12-yard-line, and Brown turned the corner for a 21-yard touchdown scamper one play after a holding penalty backed them up momentarily.

Lumpkin County found the board on their second possession and on the first play of the second quarter with a 14-play drive capped by a 21-yard Evan Abernathy rushing score. But the Indians failed to slow a North Hall offense that clearly had its rhythm. The Trojans rattled off two additional touchdown drives before the end of the half. 

On Friday, North Hall hosts Union County; Lumpkin County hosts third-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian in Dahlonega. 

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