Sports

Rabun County starts closing stretch at Elbert County

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TIGER — With another bye week behind them, the Rabun County Wildcats are set to take on their last four regular season games. It starts with a visit to Elbert County at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Blue Devils (3-3, 2-1 Region 8-AA) took a 35-14 loss against Union County on Oct. 4. Elbert hung with Union for three quarters, before the Panthers scored three touchdowns in the fourth to pull away. Union amassed 458 yards of total offense.

Rabun tops Union for area title, top seed

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The Rabun County volleyball team earned a top seed in the GHSA Class A/AA state playoffs after defeating Union County 3-1 in a best-of-five match for the area championship at Ken Byrd Court last Thursday night. No. 1-seeded Rabun hosts No. 4 Armuchee in the opening round of the GHSA Class A/AA state playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner advances to play the Callaway-Johnson winner in the second round at 5 p.m. All matches will be at Rabun County High School. The Wildcats fell behind early in the opening set, but rallied to cut the deficit to 12-10. Destiny Deetz made a kill to bring Rabun within 17-13 and an attack error from Union narrowed the scoring gap to 17-14. Three straight kills from Union extended the advantage to 21-15 and an attack error from Rabun made it 24-16. The Panthers won the set 25-16.

Rabun Gap’s defense harasses Cabarrus in win

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RABUN GAP — The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee football team's pass rush harassed Cabarrus (N.C.) throughout the night, keeping the home team out of the end zone in a 43-3 win in Concord, N.C., last Friday. The Eagles' defense finished with 18 tackles for loss, including 20 hurries and three sacks, while allowing just 208 yards of total offense in a fourth straight win. "It was good to see our defensive front being disruptive and getting to the ball carrier," Eagles coach Shawn Bryson said. "We were able to stop the run earlier. We were able to start fast on offense as well. Getting some of our injured players healthy on our defensive line was key also." Niklas Kahrau led the Eagles' defense with nine tackles (six solo), including three for losses. He caused the Warriors to fumble once and hurried quarterback Michael Dickens seven times. Lior Volkov made seven tackles, Victor Omorodion had six tackles, Paul Steidl finished with five stops and Alperen Aras added five tackles for losses.

PREP ROUNDUP: Cats advance to 2nd round of state playoffs

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SOFTBALL Rabun County: The Rabun County softball team swept South Atlanta (7-0, 7-0) in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs Monday. Details on the Wildcats’ opening-round victory will be in next week’s edition of The Clayton Tribune. Rabun awaits the winner of the Toombs County-Harlem series. The Wildcats begin their second-round series Tuesday. Courtney Stewart pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on eight hits as Rabun captured the region’s No. 3 seed in a 9-2 victory against Monticello last Wednesday.

Stockton accounts for 7 TDs, Rabun trounces Banks

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TIGER — The Rabun County-faithful made a strong appearance for homecoming night, and their football team continued its domination of region rivals. Gunner Stockton threw for a season-high 368 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 52-10 victory against the Banks County Leopards at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium last Friday night. “Anytime Gunner gets in a groove throwing the ball, he’s going to be hard to stop,” Rabun coach Jaybo Shaw said. “We have a great group of receivers, a very unselfish group of receivers who catch the ball really well, and I think it shows. He can throw to all four or five of them at any given point, so we’re really proud of our offensive production.”

Eagles visit Warriors after earning win by forfeit

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RABUN GAP — The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee football team earned a win in an uncommon way last week: by forfeit. Victory Christian Center was forced to forfeit last Friday’s scheduled game at Rabun Gap due to not having enough players for competition. The result was a win for the Eagles, improving them to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in region play. Now it’s on to the Cabarrus Warriors.

Rabun’s Wright finishes high at Autumn Breeze 5K

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Rabun County cross country runner Molly Jo Wright was the top female finisher at the 17th annual Autumn Breeze 5K in Tallulah Falls last Sunday afternoon. Wright placed 15th overall, clocking in at 23:09.2. Aiden Thaxton of Mount Airy finished first overall, earning the top male finish in 19:20.6. David Beeland of Winder placed seventh overall (21:50.0) and earned the top male masters winner. Marybeth Forwood of Bishop finished 40th overall (27:20.1) and was named top female masters winner.

Eagles throttle Lions behind fast start, defense

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The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee football team scored three first-quarter touchdowns and used a stout defensive effort to dominate Hickory Grove Christian (N.C.) 55-0 in Charlotte, N.C., last Friday night. The Eagles (4-2, 1-0 NCISAA Carolinas) shut down the Lions’ offense, allowing only 21 yards. “Anytime you can get a shutout, it's a big deal for the team. It means that our guys were prepared and played hard,” Eagles coach Shawn Bryson said.