REBUILDING a SCHEDULE: Rabun County’s Audibles Save The Season

It’s truly remarkable what Jaybo Shaw did for the Rabun County football program. Usually a schedule is made, and maybe gets ironed out with a change or two. But nothing like what we’ve seen this year. Let’s take a look at what the Wildcats have had to do since the original plan.

Here’s the original plan at the beginning of 2020:

AUG 21 – vs Daniel (SC)
AUG 28 – vs Prince Avenue Christian
SEP 4 – vs Greenwood (SC)
SEP 11 – @ Walhalla (SC)
SEP 18 – vs Oconee County
SEP 25 – @ Pickens (SC)
OCT 9 – vs Riverside*
OCT 16 – vs Banks County*
OCT 23 – @ Elbert County*
OCT 30 – vs Union County*

Take note, that ACTUALLY the original schedule included Dawson County, but this was the first version that really got “set in stone” so to speak. Fast forward, and the coronavirus pandemic obliterated this plan. First, Riverside Military announced in June that they would not have a football or fall season, thus sending shockwaves through the already-small Region 8-AA. That mean the October 9 playdate against RMA was off the books. Word was, Rabun was going to move forward to a 9-game schedule.

THEN…South Carolina determined to push their season back a full four weeks. That drastically ripped into the Wildcats schedule. They were the most impacted team in Georgia, as almost all of their non-region games were against SC teams. After that, here’s what the schedule looked like.

AUG 21 – N/A
AUG 28 – vs Prince Avenue Christian
SEP 4 – N/A
SEP 11 – N/A
SEP 18 – vs Oconee County
SEP 25 – N/A
OCT 9 – N/A
OCT 16/23/30 – against Banks, Elbert, Union
NOV 6 – Bye

2019 Bob & Teds GIF

Now comes the fun part….rumors flew all over the place of Rabun picking up Jefferson, Toombs County, Hart County, Bremen, Pope, Dunwoody, and a rumor or two regarding Buford.

Much of that was incorrect. Hart County was at first on board, but then backed out. Buford was never really a likely opponent, and Toombs was supposedly on board before also backing out. The juggling act got tougher for Shaw, but he finally worked out his magic in creating a brand new 9-game schedule, which is officially “set in stone” by GHSA. Keep in mind, this doesn’t even consider how all GHSA member teams pushed their dates back TWO FULL WEEKS, making the first play date September 4.

Here it is, revised to the “nth degree”. Kudos to Rabun County’s Shaw and coaching staff on putting together a great competitive slate that looks nothing like they originally planned. Still, they adapted to the changes and made something out of nothing, literally.

SEP 4 – vs Dunwoody
SEP 11 – vs Prince Avenue Christian
SEP 18 – vs Jefferson
SEP 25 – @ Bremen
OCT 2 – vs Oconee County
OCT 16 – @ Pope
OCT 23 – BYE
OCT 30 – vs Banks County*
NOV 6 – @ Elbert County*
NOV 13 – vs Union County*

*Region 8-AA contest

How competitive is this schedule? Region games aside, Prince Avenue has a 5-star QB going to UGA. His name is Brock Vandagriff. That team is crazy-good. Jefferson….a top-five ranked team last season who ALSO has a 5-star in Malaki Starks who will take over at QB. Rabun, as we all know, has 5-star Gunner Stockton as well. Bremen is a top-10 ranked team. Oconee County is a top-five ranked team. Dunwoody is a 7A school! That’s insane. Pope is a 6A program!

So lets sum that up: SIX teams that were ranked top-10 during last season…TWO teams with a 5-star stud athlete…FOUR teams in a higher classification.

What a schedule!


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