Game Of The Week: Rabun County vs Pickens (SC)

Our Game of the Week takes us to Tiger for a showdown between #1-ranked Rabun County and a 2-2 Pickens (SC) team.

RABUN COUNTY

The Wildcats are scoring points like they’re going out of style, and putting video game numbers on the out-of-state opponents. It’s been a progression of 13 points, 47, 59, and 63. That can’t keep climbing, but you get the point. The offense is finding another level. Gunner Stockton recently topped 200 career TDs (passing & rushing), and now trails Deshaun Watson’s record by only 12 TDs. At his rate, he’ll have that in 2 more games. Meanwhile, Jaden Gibson (605 yds) is on pace for 1,500 yards in the 10-game regular season, which could put him in reach of 2K if/when the Cats make a deep playoff run. The defense has been getting stingier (22 points to 14, 14, and 7). No sign of letting up…

PICKENS (SC)

The Blue Flame are coming to Rabun for a first-ever meeting, and has so far gone 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road. That’s not promising coming into this one. Giving up 88 points in the last 2 games (both losses) also isn’t a good trend. Pickens is hoping for its first winning season since 2013.

BY THE NUMBERS (2021)

RABUN COUNTY

  • 3-1 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 45.50 OFFENSE AVG
  • 14.25 DEFENSE AVG
  • #1 State Ranking

PICKENS

  • 2-2 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 27.75 OFFENSE AVG
  • 31.75 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping Week 6. Highlights are shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show throughout the regular season. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (5G pending).

OUR PREDICTION

This game has the look of yet another runaway win for the Wildcats, who come in toting a 45.5 points per game offense going up against a team that has given up 31.75 on average. Look for Rabun to get another gigantic output from Gunner Stockton and Jaden Gibson in particular. OUR PICK: Rabun County

DO WE BRING LUCK?

For Rabun County, we’ve now seen the Wildcats go 38-11 overall in 49 games. This will be historic number 50 we’ve witnessed, as we’ve only covered more games for Habersham Central (59) among our local programs.

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Rabun County HS / Tiger, GA / Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium
LAST MEETING: N/A
ALL-TIME RECORD: N/A
RECORDS: #1 Rabun County Wildcats (3-1; 0-0 in 8-AA); Pickens Blue Flame (2-2; 0-0 in 1-AAAA)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

There is zero history here to draw from. This is the first-ever meeting between Pickens (SC) and Rabun.

TEAM LEADERS (2021)

RABUN COUNTY

PASSING
Gunner Stockton (1,278 yds, 16 TD, 1 INT, 66% Completion)
Garrett Horton (14 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT, 50% completion)

RUSHING
Gunner Stockton (313 yds, 4 TD, 8.0 YPC)
Lang Windham (192 yds, 4 TD, 6.9 YPC)

RECEIVING
Jaden Gibson (605 yds, 5 TD, 20 rec)
Ethan Clarke (223 yds, 3 TD, 12 rec)
Cory Keller (151 yds, 2 TD, 5 rec)
Lang Windham (138 yds, 3 TD, 7 rec)
Baxley O’Brien (109 yds, 2 TD, 9 rec)
Tate Ramey (53 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec)
Turner Grimmett (12 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec)

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Turner Grimmett (40 TKL, 1 TFL)
Will Turpin (35 TKL, 6 TFL, 1 Sack)
Hogan Woodard (35 TKL, 2 TFL, 1 Sack)
Cory Keller (30 TKL, 4 TFL)
Clayton Dixon (27 TKL, 3 TFL)
Knox McKinney (23 TKL, 7 TFL)
Cesar Cruz (22 TKL)
Hunter Moore (20 TKL, 1 TFL)
Chris Thompson (17 TKL, 5 TFL, 2 Sacks)

PICKENS

PASSING
N/A

RUSHING
N/A

RECEIVING
N/A

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
N/A

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