Game of the Week: Rabun County vs Banks County (SATURDAY)

Our Game of the Week sends us to Tiger as the Wildcats square off in their region-opener with Banks County. Although originally slated for Friday night, the game has been moved to Saturday night.

RABUN COUNTY

The #1-ranked Wildcats are now 6-1 on the season, and have the state’s highest-scoring offense at 44.3 points per contest. Gunner Stockton is now 20th all-time in passing yards and 8th all-time in passing TDs. But it’s more than just Stockton. The Cats are a team LOADED with a junior cast that would love to make this the year to win the state title rather than play with all that pressure next season. Rabun comes in with a 4-game winning streak.

BANKS COUNTY

Banks County rolls into Tiger with a 1-6 overall mark. That’s a tough pill to swallow. A small roster also has been shredded with some injuries. The Leopards do have some individual players who can step up and make plays, but there is almost a sense of a lack of identity at skill positions. The defense has allowed over 30 points per game so far, while the offense averages about 14-15 points per contest.

BY THE NUMBERS (2020)

RABUN COUNTY

  • 6-1 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: 2nd
  • 44.3 OFFENSE AVG *#1 in Class 2A
  • 21.7 DEFENSE AVG
  • #1 State Ranking

BANKS COUNTY

  • 1-6 (0-1)
  • Region Standings: 4th
  • 14.7 OFFENSE AVG
  • 30.1 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 9. Highlights are typically shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show, though not this week because of the date change. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (WiFi pending).

OUR PREDICTION

This matchup features a team that is peaking, and a team that is reeling. One is in the golden era, and the other still building up. Don’t expect the Leopards to just hand it over, but Rabun is just too strong to struggle much at all. OUR PICK: RABUN COUNTY

DO WE BRING LUCK?

For Rabun County, we’ve captured exactly 40 games, and the Wildcats are 31-9 in those. That includes going 6-1 in the last 7, but recently a loss to Jefferson. Of the 9 losses we have seen, 5 were playoff losses and the other 4 were to Jefferson. For Banks County, it’s been a 2-7 mark in 9 games we’ve seen of theirs, including four straight (counting last week’s loss to Union).

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff (Saturday)
PLACE: Rabun County HS / Tiger, GA / Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium
LAST MEETING: Rabun County 52, Banks County 9 (2019)
ALL-TIME RECORD: Rabun County 20, Banks County 10
RECORDS: #1 Rabun County Wildcats (6-1; 0-0 in 8-AA); Banks County Leopards (1-6; 0-1 in 8-AA)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

The Wildcats have won 20 of the 30 all-time meetings going back to 1968. After winning the first 3 games in the series, Rabun was finally bested by Banks in 1971. The Wildcats won the next 4 in a row, followed by Banks winning 3 out of 4. From 2002-06, Rabun won all 5 meetings. The Leopards had a run from 2007-11 where they won 5 straight as well. In recent times, Rabun has won the last 4 by a combined score of 211-26. In that span, the Leopards have yet to score more than 9 (last year), and the Cats have dropped at least 45 in each meeting. Below is the version of this series we were able to capture:

2018 – #3 Rabun County 68, Banks County 7

TEAM LEADERS (2020 PLAYER STATS)

RABUN COUNTY

PASSING
Gunner Stockton (1,650 yds, 25 TD, 1 INT; 67% completion)
Garrett Horton (170 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 80% completion)

RUSHING
Lang Windham (702 yds, 4 TD, 8.3 YPC)
Gunner Stockton (629 yds, 13 TD, 7.2 YPC)
Keilin Sanders (74 yds, 1 TD, 7.4 YPC)
Bryson Addis (45 yds, 0 TD, 5.0 YPC)

RECEIVING
Adriel Clark (755 yds, 14 TD, 36 rec)
Lang Windham (367 yds, 3 TD, 21 rec)
Tate Ramey (200 yds, 6 TD, 17 rec)
Sutton Jones (179 yds, 0 TD, 17 rec)
Ethan Clarke (101 yds, 1 TD, 5 rec)
Hogan Woodard (86 yds, 1 TD, 5 rec)
Turner Grimmett (6 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec)

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Will Turpin (69 TKL, 6.5 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FumRec)
Cory Keller (57 TKL, 2 TFL, 2 INT)
Turner Grimmett (45 TKL, 2 TFL)
Brody Jarrard (43 TKL, 2.5 TFL, 1 Sack)
Hoff Windham (41 TKL, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FumRec)
Hogan Woodard (26 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 Forced Fum)
Chris Thompson (23 TKL, 6 TFL, 3 Sacks)
Hunter Moore (21 TKL, 1 TFL, 3 INT)
Will McCraw (17 TKL, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks)

BANKS COUNTY

PASSING
Bowen Roberts (368 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT)
Cooper Smith (249 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT)

RUSHING
Roman Haynes (384 yds, 4 TD)
Kellon Walley (208 yds, 2 TD)

RECEIVING
Jonathan Moon (197 yds, 0 TD)
Carter Stroud (184 yds, 2 TD)
Lukas Marlow (44 yds, 1 TD)

DEFENSIVE
Jace Bennett (54 TKL, 4 TFL)
Corey Vickery (28 TKL, 4 TFL, 1 Sack)
Jonathan Moon (25 TKL, 1 FFum, 1 Safety)

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