The Rabun Gap football team made school history Friday night, and most of coach Derek White’s players were oblivious until after the game.
With a 28-13 win over Charlotte Christian on Friday night, the Eagles improved to 7-0 for the first time in program history.
“We are still figuring this thing out,” White said after the game. “Rabun Gap has never been 7-0. (The matchup against No. 1 Providence Day) is looming, but we’ve just got to figure out how to get better every week. We’ve got fall break coming up soon, so it will be good for the kids. They haven’t had more than two days of rest since July. So, it will be a big deal for them to get some rest before they get back to work.”
The Eagles asserted their dominance early by way of their offensive line. Despite being a bit banged up, they were able to create holes for the running backs all game.
Junior running back Anthony Quinn Jr. was among the beneficiaries of that stout line play.
“They were really just doing their job,” Quinn Jr. said of his offensive line. “Coach (Danny) Alexander goes hard with them. They just execute every day in practice and go hard in the weight room. We keep balling and it really showed out there on the field tonight.”
White knows his team still has a long way to go before it’s where it needs to be at the end of the season. There were times in the game that weren’t very pretty, and he noticed some things to clean up on.
“It was a little ugly tonight,” White said. “We didn’t play our best game but we were physical and that is what mattered. We didn’t play clean in the second half. We had two drives where we could have run the football but I think we got a little greedy there. That is on me. But, we need to get back to the basics. Play clean with no turnovers.”
Three who made a difference
Anthony Quinn Jr., Rabun Gap: The junior running back got things going for his team scoring the first touchdown of the game. His shiftiness caused some missed tackles by Knight defenders. His quickness through the holes his offensive line made was explosive.
Trey Horne, Rabun Gap: Horne had two of his team’s four rushing touchdowns in the game. He along with Quinn Jr. had Charlotte Christian’s defense guessing all game. Horne took the life out of the stadium late in the first half scoring his second touchdown extending the Eagles’ lead to 21-10 after the Knights had scored 10 straight.
Tripp Woody, Charlotte Christian: The Knight’s kicker was perfect on the knight connecting on both of his field goal attempts as well as his lone extra point attempt.
Charlotte Christian (4-2) will travel to Christ School on Oct. 6 as they look to rebound from this loss. Rabun Gap (7-0) will have a home game against Metrolina Christian Academy, also on Oct. 6. Both games are set for 7 p.m.
Rabun Gap 14 7 7 0 — 28
Charlotte Christian 3 7 0 3 — 13