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Sunday May 29th, 2016 3:53AM

Rabun County charges to first state berth in 14 years

By staff
TIGER -- When Lee Shaw "went home" to Rabun County it was to help bring moments like this to Wildcat football.

Rabun County sealed its first state playoff berth since 1998 on Friday night, defeating Oglethorpe County 49-27 in Tiger, as Shaw led the Wildcats back into the postseason in his first campaign in charge.

Rabun (6-4, 4-3 Region 8-AA) entered the contest knowing that a win would be enough to clinch history and wasted no time charging into the lead, Kendall Woodard giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead on a 15-yard run in the first quarter.

Rabun pulled ahead 21-9 at the half but watched the Patriots pull within 21-15 midway through the third quarter. The Wildcats responded to the pressure, however, and maintained their lead throughout a back-and-forth second half before scoring twice within the final seven minutes to seal the victory.

Rabun County rolled up 541 yards for the contest, including 306 passing, as Wes Holcombe went 15-for-20 with three touchdown passes and an interception. His top target was Clint Scott, who caught 11 passes for 229 and two scores.

Meanwhile, Woodard led the Rabun rushing attack, carrying 16 times for 137 yards and three scores.

Oglethorpe put up 384 yards rushing on the night, finishing with 453 total yards.

After posting their first winning regular season mark since 2000, the Wildcats will move on to the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AA. Rabun will travel to face Region 5-AA champ Heard County.
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