It’s called a Three-Peat! Bailey Fisher just pulled off the feat as the BLITZ Football Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Since 2015, Fisher has started under center for the Rabun County Wildcats and has never looked back, going an astounding 36-4 as a starter. Three of those losses were in the state quarterfinals or deeper.
The Cats during that run have been state ranked as high as #2 in Class 2A, won three straight region titles (four overall in a row) and three 2A Quarterfinal runs or deeper, including this 2017 State Championship game season. He closed his career with 113 TD passes, fourth most all-time in state history, and 9,383 yards, sixth most all-time. He tallied 170 career touchdowns (113 passing, 57 rushing), while rushing for 3,075 yards, giving him a total of 12,458 total yards of offense.
BAILEY FISHER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
On the surface, Fisher’s 2017 is nothing short of spectacular. However, what if we told you that in the ten regular season games, Fisher only played a full game twice (vs White County & Elbert County)? It’s true — Rabun was so dominant that more often than not, he took at least the fourth quarter off, and many cases was out halfway through the third quarter.
Coach Lee Shaw has never held back on praise of his quarterback’s play, once saying that Bailey Fisher “wills wins.” If you took in a Rabun County game, you’ve seen that first hand. With 3,341 yds passing and 43 TD, as well as 1,283 rush yds and another 27 TD on the ground — all career single-season highs and Rabun County records, Fisher was a cinch to repeat as the award winner. If you’re doing that math, he had a hand in 70 touchdowns this season!
So here’s to one of the best we’ve ever covered on the gridiron, a true winner, and one of the most humble and selfless young men you’ll meet — a rare combination. Rumor has it that long after most guys were getting on the bus from an away game, Fisher would be one of the last to leave the locker room, picking up trash and making sure everything was clean. He’s also never been one to take all the credit for his success; he always points out that his teammates and coaches make his job “easy.”
Fisher also has nine BLITZ Player of the Week awards to his credit, giving him 12 awards overall — the most highly-decorated athlete in BLITZ history.
Our panel of 18 voters, made up of media reporters/broadcasters, former BLITZ players, former coaches and a couple of fans, submitted their Heisman-style ballots for the seven finalists for the award:
HISTORY OF FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Fisher three-peats the award, as only two have won the award multiple times. It’s also four years in a row that the award goes to a Rabun star, as Charlie Woerner won in 2014.
2017 – Bailey Fisher – Rabun Co SR QB #14
2016 – Bailey Fisher – Rabun Co JR QB #14
2015 – Bailey Fisher – Rabun Co SO QB #14
2014 – Charlie Woerner – Rabun Co JR WR/DB #34
2013 – Joseph Mancuso – Union Co SO QB #9
2012 – Tyler Dominy – Dawson Co SR QB #5
2011 – Kevin Ellison – Habersham Central SR QB #4
2010 – Ashely Lowery – White Co SR RB/DB #10
2009 – Ashely Lowery – White Co JR RB/DB #10
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE(S)
This seven-man class of finalists was hands down the best class we’ve seen, collectively. That said, the only two returning next year are Rabun’s Austin Jones and Dawson’s Sevaughn Clark, who will both be seniors and turning a lot of heads. They’re the obvious front-runners, while Rabun’s Braxton Hicks, Habersham’s Donovan Curry, White County’s JBen Haynes and Banks County’s Terrence Walker are also guys who are capable of taking the award. The fun thing though, is there’s always someone under the radar that can surprise us all and take the gridiron by storm.