Wildcats lock down region title as Gunner ties all-time state record [VIDEO]
On a night in which Gunner Stockton made state history, forcing Trevor Lawrence to share his spot as the state’s all-time passing TD leader, the #1-ranked Wildcats about officially secured an eighth consecutive region championship in a 45-7 win over Elbert County.
Rabun County extended its win streak to 8 games in the blowout, as Stockton tied the record on a 4-yd TD pass to Baxley O’Brien in the second quarter. The senior 5-star recruit came in needing 3 to tie and 4 to break Lawrence’s record which has stood for only 4 years.
The Wildcats donned all black uniforms and celebrated its historic 23-person senior class. Stockton hooked up with Jaden Gibson for a 7-yard TD on the opening drive, and then found Ethan Clarke in the corner of the end zone minutes later for a 28-yard TD and 14-0 lead. Elbert then pulled within 14-7 on a Quan Moss 14-yard TD to open the second.
It was all Rabun County from there. Stockton notched an athletic 19-yard TD run a few minutes later, and then Turner Grimmett had an 80-yard interception taken back for a TD. Suddenly, it was 28-7. Stockton had a 3-yard rushing TD later in the second to make it 35-7, and his TD pass to O’Brien with 1:20 remaining in the half padded the lead to 42-7.
With a mercy rule (running clock) in the entire second half, the Rabun offense got limited opportunities with the ball. Gus Hood nailed a 24-yard field goal to cap the scoring at 45-7. The Wildcats defense stifled Elbert, and Hunter Moore led a secondary unit that allowed very little in the passing game. Moore had an interception, while the front line and linebackers also stymied the running game.
Stockton closed with 262 passing yards and 3 TD, and 61 rushing with 2 TD. Gibson had 113 yards and a TD, while O’Brien had 59 yards a a score.