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Wildcats pounce on Indians’ mistakes in big win

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TOCCOA — Gunner Stockton threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, as the Rabun County football team capitalized on Stephens County’s mistakes and endured a 1-hour lightning delay to cruise to a 44-7 win last Friday night. “We fought through some adversity and I’m just really, really proud of them,” Wildcats coach Jaybo Shaw said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but winning against good opponents is too hard, especially in Georgia. I’m really proud of our football team for continuing to fight.” Playing in their final non-region game of the season, the Wildcats remained undefeated and improved to 3-0.

Rabun hosts ‘much improved’ Putnam in region opener

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TIGER — From what Rabun County coach Jaybo Shaw has seen, this year’s Putnam County team is different from the ones that missed the postseason for the past 3 years. “This is a very much improved team from the past couple of years we have played them,” said Shaw, as the Wildcats host the War Eagles in a Region 8-AA opener for both teams at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Putnam’s 1-2 record can be misleading. The War Eagles played two strong opponents to open the season in North Oconee and Temple.

Eagles rally late, but fall short vs. Knights

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RABUN GAP — Matt Linn passed for 237 yards and five touchdowns and Robin Verginelli ran for 170 yards and two scores, helping the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee football team engineer a late rally in a 55-48 loss against Robbinsville (N.C.) in Robbinsville, N.C., last Friday night. The Eagles (2-2) trailed 34-20 at halftime and 41-27 heading into the fourth. They scored three times in the fourth, but the Black Knights (4-0) found the end zone two more times. “We had been moving the ball and scoring throughout the game,” coach Shawn Bryson said. “In the third quarter, Robbinsville put together a long drive and held the ball most of the time. We knew that we had to score points, and we did.”

COLUMN: Failures, triumphs of a young reporter (Part 2)

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(Editor’s note: This is the first part in a series of stories detailing my career as a sports journalist. I’m not sure how many stories I’ll tell, but I have some to discuss. Some good. Some bad. Some ugly. These are the stories I’ve shared with friends and family, although some I’ve never shared. Enjoy.) There’s one place a sports journalist’s rooting interest should lie when covering a game: the story. What outcome makes for the best story? As a beat reporter, you can’t help but get wrapped up in the team you’re covering: the players, the coaches, the atmosphere of home arenas.

Tallulah Falls Indians of the Month

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Tallulah Falls School coaches have selected their Indian Athletes of the Month for August. 

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TFS kicks off cross country season with annual quadrathlon

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Tallulah Falls School Middle School and varsity cross country runners gathered at Terrora Beach at Tallulah Gorge State Park to compete in the school’s annual quadrathlon last month. The strenuous, multi-discipline race included kayaking, swimming, biking and running. The middle school runners competed first, and were followed by the varsity squad. From the middle school, top female finishers included seventh-grader Haygen James of Demorest (58:23), eighth-grader Jenna Chesser of Cleveland (1:09:37), eighth-grader Daniel Prince of Demorest (1:09:53), seventh-grader Maggie Shelton of Cornelia (1:09:54) and Carsyn Griffis of Tallulah Falls (1:13:23).

PREP ROUNDUP: Rabun softball cruises past Clarke Central

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SOFTBALL Rabun County: The Rabun County softball team cruised past Clarke Central 11-3 in a non-region contest last Friday. The victory rebounded the Wildcats from a 15-7 loss against Oglethorpe County last Thursday. Rabun had 11 hits, led by Cailyn Dickerson’s three. Sarah Sprinkle added two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Alyssa Fair and Birdie Jordan each recorded two RBIs.

Rabun focuses on health, basics during bye week

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TIGER — After getting off to a healthy 2-0 start to the football season, Rabun County used its first bye week to focus on the health of its players, while keeping fundamentals sharp. “It is a chance for guys to get their bodies back healthy. Also, a great chance for us to start our preparation for Stephens County,” coach Jaybo Shaw said. The Wildcats visit Stephens County at 7:30 p.m. Friday after a week of rest, recovery and added preparation.

Cats aim to extend Indians’ losing skid

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TIGER — The Stephens County football team took a second straight loss last week. Rabun County would like to see the Indians take a third straight loss Friday night. In their return to action, the Wildcats visit Stephens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. “(The bye week) came at a great time for us, so that we could get back to some things that we haven't had time to get to, with playing North Murray on the short week after Bremen,” Rabun coach Jaybo Shaw said. “We had a tough week of practice and kept pushing our guys, because we still have a long way to go to get to where we want or need to be.”