Scores & Recaps: Rabun & Jefferson fall in quarterfinal action on the road
All good things come to an end. For Rabun and Jefferson, it marked the end of unbelievable seasons, as both fell on the road in the quarterfinals.
#6 Thomasville 38, #1 Rabun County 24
Rabun County (12-1) closed its season far earlier than anyone imagined. The Wildcats came in ranked #1 in the state, but ran into a buzz saw down in Thomasville. The Cats drew first blood with a long scoring run by Cory Keller, but that was about all Rabun would muster. Thomasville went up 14-10 at the break, as Edwin Diaz notched a short-yardage field goal. The Bulldogs came out unbelievable in the second half, scoring 3 3rd quarter touchdowns to pull ahead 35-10 going into the final quarter. The Wildcats made a ferocious comeback attempt, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-3 to make things interesting, but it was too little, too late.
#6 Crisp County 22, #3 Jefferson 20
The Dragons (10-2) ended their season with a gut-wrenching loss to Crisp County. On the second play of the game, Jefferson got a 79-yard TD run by Jordan Perry to go up 7-0. Crisp County scored 22 2nd quarter points to go ahead 22-7 heading into the half. Midway through the 3rd, Kade McNally scored a 13-yard TD to trim the deficit to 22-13. To open the 4th, Colby Clark notched his final high school TD on a 5-yd run. However, the 2-point try was no good, so the Dragons trailed 22-20. Jefferson had two other great chances, but missed a 30-yard field goal with 6:45 left, and Malaki Starks had a reception at the 35 in the final minute-plus, but fumbled it over to Crisp County.
#1 Buford 24, #3 Carrollton 21 (GW FG as time expired for Buford)
#3 GAC 17, #5 Hart County 16 (4th quarter comeback win for GAC)
#6 Oconee County 17, #3 Marist 7