BREAKING NEWS: Rabun County Wildcats advance to state championship game

TIGER — The Rabun County Wildcats football team continued their historic run through the Georgia High School Association AA State Playoffs on Friday night, defeating Brooks County 23-12 to advance to the state final for the first time in school history.

"It's surreal," said Wildcats Head Football Coach Lee Shaw. "The great thing about it is we earned it, it wasn't given to us. We kept battling; we had adversity and we just responded to the adversity. Nobody quit, nobody gave up. I'm just so proud for Rabun County."

After a defensive struggle kept both offenses contained in a low-scoring game that Rabun, the Wildcats put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Senior quarterback Bailey Fisher scored on a 4-yard run with 7:56 to play, then after Brooks answered with a touchdown, junior receiver Austin Jones took a screen pass 74 yards to the end zone for some breathing room with 3:25 remaining.

Fisher threw for 234 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

"It's awesome," Fisher said. "This community is so behind us right now. I'm happy, not just for our team, but for this community. This community deserves it more than any community in the state of Georgia."

Senior defensive back Cole Keener intercepted three Brooks County passes, including one as time expired to kick off a celebration in Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium.Rabun County will face Hapeville Charter in the state championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

For more on the Wildcats' historic win, read the full story in the Thursday, Dec. 7 edition of The Clayton Tribune.

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