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Georgia All-American QB commitment Gunner Stockton played his last high school game on Friday, November 26, 2021, in Thomasville, Georgia. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Gunner Stockton: All-American Georgia QB commit sees his prep career come to an end in South Georgia

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry offers a snapshot view into the final high school game played by Georgia 2022 QB commit Gunner Stockton on Rabun County High School in Northeast Georgia.

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THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The record-setting high school career for Georgia Class of 2022 QB commit Gunner Stockton finally ran out of touchdowns Friday night in Thomasville.

It can be stated he went down swinging with his Rabun County teammates in South Georgia. The Bulldogs beat up the future Bulldog, literally, en route to a convincing 49-24 win in the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association’s Class 2A state quarterfinals.

What’s that phrase coaches of all kinds circulate this time of year? Make sure you leave it all out on the field because you never know when it is going to be your last?

Yep, that’s one.

Stockton certainly did that. Literally.

There were literal drops of his blood on the turf in Thomasville. The 6-foot-1 All-American suffered a massive nosebleed due to consistent battering by the Thomasville defense. There was one point he had two cotton balls stuffed up each nostril.

There was a blood trail across his towel, his jersey and even on the visiting sideline at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Stockton’s team fell down early, forged a 14-14 tie but fell down 28-14 at the half.

They responded with an early second-half field goal to cut it to 28-17, but the Bulldogs tacked on three more touchdowns before his Wildcats scored again.

It was a fitting ending to a brilliant prep career that saw Stockton stack up Georgia state records of 254 total touchdowns via the pass or on rushing attempts. He broke that record previously held by former Clemson great Deshaun Watson.

He wound up with more career yards of total offense than both Watson and Trevor Lawrence. Stockton also bettered the Cartersville and Clemson great’s career tally of 161 career passing TDs, too.

But he couldn’t get Lawrence’s last career passing record. Stockton came into Friday night’s contest needing 415 passing yards to claim that record for Rabun County football, too.

Thomasville made sure that wasn’t going to happen. The yards were just too tough to come by. They blanketed his big-play receiver Jayden Gibson for most of the night and those two couldn’t get a rhythm going. They did connect on the final score of the contest.

There were multiple series in which Stockton was sacked on multiple occasions. The moment never seemed more insurmountable than it was in the second half when Thomasville sacked him or harassed him on six consecutive snaps.

Stockton had to leave the game at one point in the contest to address the blood flow.

“I don’t know how it happened but it was bad,” Gunner Stockton Stockton said. “It just started. Pretty bad. I guess I always get bloody noses in games, but this one was real bad.”

When he returned for the second half, he had a brand new chin strap, jersey, pants, tights and a towel on.

“He was bleeding from both nostrils and we were trying to get it to stop,” Rabun County coach Jaybo Shaw said. “He just kept fighting. He walked into the locker room at the half with blood all over his jersey. All over his pants. There was no flinch in Gunner Stockton tonight. There hasn’t been any flinch in Gunner Stockton in four years here and there won’t be down the road either.”

“I’m just very appreciative of the way he fights and competes and what a hell of a ride. I’m very thankful I got to be a part of it but I guarantee you after watching him play tonight if there is anybody questioning his toughness that is out of the window. I can promise you that.”

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