Rabun Scores 44 Unanswered to Cruise Past St. FRancis In Opening Scrimmage [VIDEO]

Rabun County cruised to a 44-14 win over visiting St. Francis on Friday night in a season-opening scrimmage, scoring 44 unanswered points after going down 7-0 early. For the #1-ranked Wildcats, it was less about the score than it was gearing up for the official start of the season next Friday at Jefferson. Nevertheless, Gunner Stockton’s 5 TD passes, 4 of which linked up with Jaden Gibson, were a great glimpse of what’s in store for the Cats.

Rabun, a semifinalist team last year that went 12-2 overall, is coming off a season in which they averaged more than 44 points per game while allowing only 17.5 per contest. The Knights, coached by former Stephens County coach Frank Barden, went just 1-8 last season, but returned a ton of leaders from last year’s young team.

Rabun only got off 3 plays in the first 8 and a half minutes before getting their second drive. St. Francis scored on a 1-yard plunge on its opening drive to go up 7-0. After a quick 3-and-out for the Cats, St. Francis was stopped on its next drive. From there it was all Rabun, who scored with 43 seconds left in the first on a 40-yard TD from Stockton to Gibson.

The Cats got a quick interception from Hunter Moore, and on their next play, Stockton found Lang Windham on the sidelines for a 40-yard TD to put Rabun up 14-7 with 11:49 left in the second. Windham had a 6-yard TD run with 5:02 left in the half to make it 21-7. Before the break, Stockton connected with Gibson for a second time to make it 28-7. Gibson made an ankle-breaking move and raced in from 28 yards out.

At the end of the half, Stockton beat the buzzer with a 12-yard dart to Gibson to push the lead to 35-7. Rabun’s opening drive of the third was the last for the starters. Stockton connected on a 47-yard TD to Gibson, their fourth connection of the game. A Cesar Armenta 29-yard field goal made it 44-7 before St. Francis scored late.

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