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Game of the Week Preview: Banks vs Rabun

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The BLITZ Game of the Week is Banks County vs Rabun County from Homer under the bright Friday night lights.

BANKS

The Leopards’ first two games showed how far they needed to go to be in a spot to fight for a state playoff appearance. Their next three games showed perhaps they are ready, and the offense has really started to click. After being outscored 40-0 in the first two games, they outscored the opponents 113-27 in the next three.  Terrence Walker we knew was already going to be a legit leader, as he’s among the state leaders in rushing yards; but teammate Jacob Lehotsky has been building off his solid 2017 with yet another great year. The three-game win streak has Banks County looking the part of a playoff team once again.

RABUN

SKINNY AD - DCMM GIFThe Wildcats have really flexed their muscles after the season-opening loss. In four straight wins, the starters have rarely played deep into the third quarter, as they’ve outscored opponents 177-92 in the last four games. Rabun County is #3 in the state and the roster is full of collegiate-bound players, led by seniors Austin Jones, Jackson Webb, Brison Beck and Shawn Lovell, as well as junior Braxton Hicks and freshman Gunner Stockton. The question isn’t whether this team can make the playoffs, as that’s a given. It’s a question of can they make another historic run toward a state title.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 6. BLITZ will also share highlights with Fox 5’s HIGH 5 Sports, so the highlights will play on Channel 5 at 11 PM. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates.

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OUR PREDICTION

The Leopards have started to make things click and we were especially impressed with the wins over Social Circle and Oglethorpe…however, Rabun County brings so much to the table in this game that it will be hard for Banks County to stop this potent offense, and hard for the the offense to find much breathing room against the front line and especially in the secondary. Rabun Wins

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 pm kickoff
PLACE: Banks County High School / Homer, GA
LAST MEETING: 2017; Rabun 45, Banks 7
ALL-TIME RECORD: Rabun County 18, Banks County 10
RECORDS: Banks Co Leopards (3-2; 2-1 in 8-AA); Rabun Co Wildcats (4-1; 2-0 in 8-AA)

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HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

2018 marks the 29th meeting of the programs, and Rabun holds the all-time lead at 18-10. In Coach Lee Shaw’s time at Rabun, the two have squared off just twice (2016-17) and the Wildcats have won both by a combined score of 91-10. Prior to that, Banks won five straight in the series from 2007-11, which came on the heels of the Wildcats winning five in a row from 2002-06.

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TEAM LEADERS (2018 STATS as available / Projected Leaders)

BANKS COUNTY

PASSING
Sawyer Pace

RUSHING
Terrence Walker – 660 yds, 10 TD
Jacob Lehotsky

RECEIVING

DEFENSE
Cody Dodge

RABUN COUNTY

PASSING
Gunner Stockton: 76/113 (67%), 999 yds, 10 TD, 2 INT

RUSHING
Brison Beck: 584 yds, 7 TD (7.2 YPC)
Gunner Stockton: 289 yds, 5 TD (6.9 YPC)
Brody Jarrard: 88 yds, 1 TD (7.3 YPC)

RECEIVING
Austin Jones: 21 rec, 356 yds, 3 TD *also 155 punt return yds w/ TD
Braxton Hicks: 15 rec, 245 yds, 4 TD
Sam Adams: 10 rec, 137 yds, 2 TD
Brison Beck: 10 rec, 90 yds
Dawson Lathan: 10 rec, 79 yds, 1 TD

DEFENSE
Trent Miller: 31 tkl, 2 TFL, Forced Fum
Jackson Webb: 30 tkl, 9 TFL, 7 Sacks
Austin Jones: 29 tkl, 4 TFL, INT, 6 Pass Def, Forced Fum
Mason Sprinkle: 28 tkl,
Austin Sosebee: 27 tkl, 6 TFL, 3 Sacks, Forced Fum
AJ Wheeler: 27 tkl, 1.5 TFL, INT, 1 Pass Def, Fum Rec
Phillip Roberson: 25 tkl, 6 TFL, 5 Sacks, Fum Rec
Zach Ferguson: 24 tkl, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks
Dawson Lathan: 3 INT, 2 Pass Def
Hunter Dills: 2 INT, Forced Fum

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