Gridiron Preview 2021: Rabun County
There’s no hiding behind it…this team’s window to win it all is now. The Wildcats bring back 19 starters, and this senior class consists of nearly all of those guys. Gunner Stockton, a 5-star UGA commit, might just be saving his best for last. With a pair of incoming new weapons, and the entire stout line back, coach Jaybo Shaw knows an 8th straight region championship is just the tip of the iceberg.
Head Coach: Jaybo Shaw, 3rd Season
2020 Record: 12-2; Semifinals; #1 State Ranking
“1. State Championship, 2. Region Championship,” states Shaw on the team’s goals. “We want to represent Rabun County the way it should be represented…pride, toughness, and family!”
AUG 13 – St. Francis (Scrimmage)
AUG 20 – @ Jefferson
AUG 27 or 28 – vs Pace Academy (ESPN)
SEP 3 – @ ELCA
SEP 10 – Walhalla (SC)
SEP 17 – BYE
SEP 24 – Pickens (SC)
OCT 1 – @ Pierce County
OCT 8 – Riverside Military Academy*
OCT 15 – @ Banks County*
OCT 22 – Elbert County*
OCT 29 – @ Union County*
NOV 5 – BYE
*Region 8-AA Game
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: Brody Jarrard, Adriel Clark, Hoff Windham, Sutton Jones
Key Returning Players: Gunner Stockton, Jaden Gibson (transfer from Dawson), Baxley O’Brien (transfer from Flowery Branch), Cory Keller, Will McCraw, Bear Old, Chris Thompson, Will Turpin, Lang Windham, Nolan Crane, Cesar Cruz, Clayton Dixon, Turner Grimmett, Hunter Moore, Tate Ramey, Hogan Woodard
Up & Coming Players: Jaden Gibson (transfer from Dawson), Baxley O’Brien (transfer from Flowery Branch), Jarrett Giles
Offense: Spread. Gunner Stockton of course is the key cog. Junior Lang Windham gets a second straight season to display his talent at RB, and multiple guys will be the go-to at WR, including Gibson, O’Brien, Giles, and returners like Tate Ramey and others.
Defense: 3-3 Stack. “The defensive unit as a whole [will be key] and the way we swarm to the football,” says Shaw.
Trenches: “All 5 starting OL return,” says Shaw. “All 3 DL return too.” That group includes Nolan Crane, Chris Thompson, Clayton Dixon, Dalton Ramey, Bear Old, Will McCraw, Know McKinney, and Cesar Cruz.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: “Leadership and experience,” says Shaw.
Focusing On: “Controlling what we can control,” adds Shaw. “Continuing to get bigger, faster, and stronger. We are constantly evaluating ourselves to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to be successful.”