What else is new? Vintage Bailey Fisher had perhaps the greatest quarter he’s ever had in a 52-7 shellacking of Monticello (2-8; 2-4) in Tiger on Friday night. On senior night, Fisher and #3 Rabun County (10-0; 6-0) made history with their first-ever 10-0 regular season, finishing undefeated heading into the state playoffs against Chattooga.
The Wildcats went 9-0 last season, with their opener being called midway through due to lightning, robbing them of a win. Donning all-black everything — from the helmets to the jersey tops to the pants and cleats, the Cats looked awesome, and played even better.
The first quarter rolled off the board with no score. That changed on the second play of the second quarter, when Fisher found Cole Keener in the end zone from 15 yards out. Keener had perhaps his career-best in ever facet, hauling in two interceptions and finishing with two TDs, a ton of receptions and yards and some key tackles.
Three minutes later, Fisher found Braxton Hicks wide open in the corner of the end zone for an 8-yard TD, breaking a 7-7 tie after a surprising touchdown by Monticello that had tied the game. After a Keener interception, and 59 seconds later, Fisher checked down to Chase Horton, who stretched across the goal line to put the Cats up 21-7.
And they were just getting started. A minute and a half later after a nice Austin Jones punt return, the Wildcats scored again on Fisher’s second TD pass to Hicks, this from 17 yards out, making it 28-7. For good measure, Fisher tacked on his fifth touchdown pass of the second quarter, and 11-yard strike to Keener with 1:25 to go in the half. Five touchdowns in a ten-minute span, and three came within about three and half minutes.
Fisher opened the third quarter with a 9-yard scoring run, making it 42-7 and giving him his sixth touchdown of the game. In the fourth quarter with a running clock, he then found Horton for a quick 5-yard score, giving him 100 career touchdown passes and 148 for his career overall (passing & rushing). An Andrew Barnes 31-yard field goal in the final seconds gave Rabun the final of 52-7, with an undefeated regular season for the second year in a row.