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PLAY of the YEAR: Final Round

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TOP SHELF voting!! With two Rabun plays up against each other, Wildcat Nation was almost split, but they went with Austin Jones’ incredible 73-yd TD after shedding three tacklers and tight-roping the sidelines to give the Wildcats a state finals berth!

Gainesville’s Hail Mary that tied Habersham early in the season barely edged out a Habersham brother duo connecting for an 89-yard TD. Gainesville’s voting was a late charge that gave them the win there.

So now it pits our #2 and #3 plays from our rankings up for grabs as the Play of the Year! Vote below!

RESULTS from Semifinals:
#3 Austin Jones sheds 3 tackles in Semis 1,893, #1 Hicks/Keener Qtrfinal TD catches 1,228
#2 Gainesville 81-yd Hail Mary 2,248, #6 AJ-Donovan Curry 89-yd TD 2,109
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RANKINGS

  1. Braxton Hicks & Cole Keener TD catches from Bailey Fisher (Quarterfinals)
  2. Gainesville 81-yd Hail Mary (Week 7)
  3. Austin Jones 73-yd TD in Semis win (Semifinals)
  4. Nick Lyles 96-yd TD (Week 5)
  5. Kaleb Crane’s 83-yd TD on first play of Rnd 1 playoff game (Rnd 1)
  6. AJ to Donovan Curry 89-yd TD (Week 5)
  7. Bailey Fisher 41-yd TD to open Sweet 16 (Sweet 16)
  8. Rabun trick play Fisher-Horton-Jones (Week 1)
  9. Coey Watson 100th career TD (Week 10)
  10. Bailey Fisher’s 100th career passing TD (Week 11)
  11. AJ to Donovan Curry 59-yd TD vs rivals/former team on 1st play (Week 4)
  12. Cole Wright – Austin Pattee TD vs North Hall (Week 8)
  13. Austin Jones 47-yd state finals TD from Bailey Fisher (State Championship)
  14. Kaleb Crane 53-yd TD vs Habersham (Week 2)
  15. Nick Lyles soars over the goal line (Week 0)
  16. Braxton Hicks 69-yd TD from Bailey Fisher (Week 9)
  17. Cole Keener puts White Co/Rabun game to bed w/ 62-yd TD from Fisher (Week 3)
  18. Coey Watson hooks up with Ryan Glass (Week 6)

POY Finals

PLAY of the YEAR FINAL

#3 Austin Jones 73-yd TD in Semis win (Semifinals)
The Rabun County wildcats led only 16-12 in the final minutes of the state semifinals game at home. With their backs against their own goal line, Bailey Fisher used Braxton Hicks to give a little breathing room on a sideline catch for about 18 yards. Then Fisher’s first-read on the next play was to playmaker Austin Jones, who caught the ball right at the line of scrimmage. He shoved off the first would-be tackler, tried to cut the corner, but again was met with an opponent. He bounced like a pinball off him, and one more time faced the same predicament. This time, he pounded the defended, bounced to the outside corner, and won a footrace that went 73 yards to the house, sending Rabun to the state championship!

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#2 Gainesville 81-yd Hail Mary (Week 7)
This game was more than meets the eye. Both teams played very well, with Habersham storming back to take a fourth quarter lead by 7. The offense and defense were clicking. A bad snap and penalties created what looked to be the final nail in the coffin for Gainesville, as they trailed seven and had the ball 4th & 19 from their own 19. In prevent defense, all the Raiders had to do was keep the Red Elephants from gaining anything more than 18. It’s debatable as to whether there was some uncalled holding on the line, but QB Tre Luttrell had ALL DAY…and we mean ALL DAY to make one last heave. He let it go, and the ball sailed to midfield, where Trey Blackwell had to come back on the ball. A defender slipped and Blackwell came down with it, then sprinted the last 45 or 50 yards in for the tying score with a minute and change to go. Gainesville wound up winning on a field goal in the closing seconds.

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