The Indians will host a playoff game on Friday night in the Class 3A playoffs. They will take on Union County (6-4), who will come in as a rush-heavy offensive team.
“Union County will be another tough physical opponent that will serve as a huge test for us,” Coach Clay Stephens said. “We are very fortunate to be playing this one at home in front of our great fans, who show up and support us every game. Our guys are much more comfortable here. They play very well here and that might be the deciding factor on the outcome of the game.”
The factor of playing at home may come into play as the Indians are 5-0 at defending home field this season and are 2-3 on the road. For Union County, they are only 2-3 while playing on the road this season as well.
These two squads only have one common opponent during the regular season and that is Hart County, which they both beat very easily.
The Braves of Union County will be led offensively by junior quarterback Jacob Winters and senior running back Dontae Smith. They both record the bulk of yards and touchdowns per game for the majority of the season.
Jordan Lasley, Cameron Lasley, and Chance Melton tend to be the main offensive guys for the Indians this season as they rack up the majority of the yardage and touchdown per game.
Defensively, Lonnie Grant has recorded five interceptions this season and leads the team in tackles with 89. Justin Miller has recovered four fumbles during the regular season and returned one for a touchdown.
The battle between the teams to see who will advance is planned for kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday night. Go support your local Indians football team as they look to advance deep into the Class 3A playoff bracket this season.
By Josh Withers