Wildcats clinch quarterfinal berth in blowout over Jeff Davis [VIDEO]
Going up against the state’s top defense (5.4 points per game), Rabun County showed visiting Jeff Davis that it hasn’t seen anything like the Wildcats’ offense. #1 Rabun poured it on early and often on the way to a 56-7 blowout win in which the #9 Yellow Jackets got a late fourth quarter TD against the second unit. Gunner Stockton tallied 7 TDs, including 4 TD passes, all to Jaden Gibson.
The Wildcats won the toss and elected to receive, and set the tone quickly on a 13-yd TD run by Stockton. After a quick possession for Jeff Davis, Rabun struck quickly on a 67-yd TD from Stockton to Gibson on a pass in the flats. The game was really over then, as the Yellow Jackets took the field for their next possession and turned it over after committing 4 straight penalties and having to burn 2 timeouts. Just before the end of the first, Stockton scored on a 10-yd keeper to push it to 21-0.
Stockton added a 3-yd plunge early in the second right after the Wildcats defense came up with a fumble inside the 5-yard line. On the next Rabun drive, Stockton found Gibson on the slant for a 68-yd TD to make it 35-0. A jump pass 7-yd TD from Stockton to Gibson just before the half then made it 42-0, and came on the heels of a clutch Willie Goodwyn interception inside the red zone as Jeff Davis looked to be on the way to a score.
With a running clock in the second half, the Wildcats kept it rolling with a 7-yd TD run for Lang Windham in the third. In the fourth, Stockton threw a 49-yd TD to Gibson to push the lead up to 56-0. With the secondary unit on the field for Rabun, Jeff Davis finally got on the board with a TD pass in the final moments.
Stockton threw for over 400 yards and 4 TDs, and added 3 rushing TD. Gibson had 233 receiving yards and 4 TD, while Windham had a TD run. Stockton made use of all his receivers, as Gibson, Baxley O’Brien, Ethan Clarke, Tate Ramey, and Windham got involved in the air attack.
Stockton surpassed Deshaun Watson for second place in career passing yards, and needs only 416 to pass Trevor Lawrence. Stockton is alone atop the career passing TD, total TD, and total yards list. He also surpassed 50 TD passes for the first time in a season, and now has 53 (3rd most all-time). His 3,969 yards passing in 2021 ranks 11th most in a season. This marked his 5th-ever 400-yard passing game. Meanwhile, Gibson’s 233 yards moves him to 1,811 on the year, good for 4th most in a single season all-time. His 19 TD has him in the top 20 there, and his 29 career TD catches has him among the all-time leaders. Gibson also needs less than 100 yards to eclipse 3,000 career receiving yards, a rare feat.