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PREVIEW: Lumpkin County at Lanier

Lanier's Grey Lee Williams

Lanier's Grey Lee Williams

Lumpkin County Indians (8-AAAA)

Coach: Tommy Jones

Record: 2-6, 2-3 region

Last week: Lost to Chestatee 49-17

Lanier Longhorns (8-AAAA)

Coach: Billy Wells

Record: 3-5, 1-4 region

Last week: Lost to Stephens County 27-18

With a few breaks, the young Longhorns, in just their third season, could be 7-1 and unbeaten in the region. Instead, they’re 3-5 and on a four-game losing streak in 8-AAAA play that has eliminated them from playoff contention. All four of the those losses have been painfully close.

“Our kids have continued to get better every week,” Lanier head coach Billy Wells said. “Emotionally it’s taken its toll. The games have come down to the last drive or the second to last drive the last four weeks. But the kids’ attitudes have been great. They keep working hard and keep getting better.”

Grey Lee Williams (seven tackles), Ricky Viengxay (17 tackles, three QB pressures) and Darius Daniels (five tackles, one QB pressure) lead the Lanier defense in last week’s loss at perennial power Stephens County, while Taylor Grant (24 of 34 passing, 365 yards, three TDs), Marty Sanders (seven catches for 124 yards, TD) and Onyx Berrios (seven catches for 152 yards, two TDs) were among the offensive stars.

The Longhorns bid farewell to their largest senior class tonight on Senior Night (next week’s season finale is at Walnut Grove). That group features 16 players, and most of them have been with the program since its first workout.

“Those seniors have done a great job,” Wells said. “Most of those guys have been with us since the very beginning and they’ve done a great job leading us.”

Lumpkin, which is also out of the playoff chase, is coached by Tommy Jones, a Brookwood grad who is the son of longtime Brookwood offensive line coach Tom Jones.

Last meeting: First meeting

Directions to Lanier High School: From I-85, go west on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and turn right on Buford Highway. School is on the left.