The Wildcats remained unbeated in a dream season that continues next week at home, thanks to a 56-14 win over #2-ranked Screven County (11-1). For the third straight season, Rabun County (13-0) was forced to play the 2A Quarterfinals on the road, and as coach Lee Shaw puts it, “third time’s a charm!”
After a scoreless first quarter, Bailey Fisher and the Wildcats, along with the Gamecocks, put on an offensive showcase. This matchup featured two of the top offenses and defenses in the state. A 21-14 slim Rabun lead at the half stretched to 28-14 entering the final quarter, but on all phases of the game, the Wildcats dominated Screven in a 28-point fourth quarter to secure the Semifinals berth.
Fisher hooked up with Austin Jones for a 22-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, but immediately Screven responded with a 67-yard touchdown from Armani Bunbury to Tyquan Johnson to tie the game. Back and forth it went in the second quarter, as Fisher ran one in from 2-yards out. That lead lasted a few plays, as again Bunbury connected with Johnson, this time for a 79-yard touchdown.
With 1:18 left in the half, Fisher scored another short-yardage touchdown to put the Cats up 21-14. This was the beginning of a 42-0 run for Rabun County.
Fisher found Cole Keener for a quick TD pass to pad the lead at 28-14, and the Wildcats got the ball and were driving as we entered the fourth quarter. First play of the quarter, Fisher threw a perfect pass, and Braxton Hicks made the sensational catch for the 27-yard touchdown. Fisher added another rushing score, this time from 5-yards out. With still plenty of time in the game, as Austin Jones picked off a pass, Fisher found Keener once again, as he made an equally impressive grab as Hicks did.
Up 49-14, the Cats weren’t done. Brison Beck, who had an outstanding game running the ball, tallied an 8-yard touchdown to cap the scoring at 56-14.
Fisher had a hand in seven touchdowns, rushing for three and throwing four. That gives him 39 passing touchdowns on the season, and he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the second year in a row, while also topping 9,000 career passing yards. The legend of Bailey Fisher isn’t done, and he attributes his success to his teammates.
“All 13 games they’ve been doing this, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I’ve been able to without the way they have played. They show out every time and make my job easy.”
Indeed, the offensive and defensive line were incredible Friday night, as was the defense and offense around Fisher. This is the first semifinal run in Rabun County history, and 13 wins again marks a new high.
The Wildcats will play the 2A Semifinals at home next Friday night.