BREMEN — Bremen threw everything it had at Rabun County in the first quarter. Big runs, long passes, and even a kickoff return for a touchdown.
It still wasn’t enough as the Class 2A third-ranked Wildcats answered each blow and eventually ran away with a 48-34 win over the eighth-ranked Blue Devils.
It was perhaps the wildest first quarter of the season so far this season as 48 points were scored between the two teams.
Bremen (2-2) needed less than a minute taking the opening kickoff and capping a 4-play drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass. After stopping the Wildcats on their first possession Bremen struck quickly again getting a 55-yard run to open up a 13-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
But then Gunner Stockton and the Wildcat offense started to heat up. Stockton rambled 48 yards for one score and capped a 7-play drive with a 1-yard plunge to give Rabun County a 14-13 lead.
But Bremen answered right back with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to reclaim the lead 20-14 with four minutes still left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats (3-1) answered back again as Stockton connected with Adriel Clark on a 27-yard touchdown pass to cap a quick three-play drive. But the Blue Devils responded in kind getting a 26-yard touchdown run for a 27-21 lead after the opening period.
From there, the Wildcat defense finally woke up. They limited the Blue Devils to just one big play the rest of the way, a 64-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Stockton and Clark connected two more times in the third quarter on TD passes of 26 and 19 yards and Stockton added two touchdown runs of 5 and 7 yards as the Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points to take the lead for good.
The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of offense. Rabun piled up 550 yards, including 332 yards on the ground. Bremen had 411 total yards with 226 on the ground.
Stockton finished 14-for-22 passing with 218 yards and 3 TDs. He added 193 yards rushing with 4 TDs. Lang Windham had 149 yards rushing and 76 yards receiving while Clark hauled in four catches for 96 yards and 3 TDs for the Wildcats.
Rabun County is off next week before traveling to East Jackson on Oct. 9 in the second of four consecutive road games.