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Two-sport star Rahming soared for the Eagles this year

  • Gerrio Rahming is on the run for the Rabun Gap Eagles in their regular season game against the Andrews High Wildcats. The Eagles lost that game, 29-27, but Rahming rushed 22 times for 237 yards and four touchdowns in that game. He set a school record this year with 18 rushing touchdowns. PHOTO COURTESY OF GERRIO RAHMING

SHELDON LONGLEY
Guardian Sports Editor
slongley@nasguard.com

Published: Jun 19, 2013

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Bahamian Gerrio Rahming is one of those rare talents that comes along every once in a while.

The multi sport star was strong on the gridiron in the fall, racking up over 2,000 all purpose yards, and effective on the base path this spring, hitting over .400, for the Rabun Gap Eagles, in Rabun County, Georgia. In addition to that, the high school junior was an honor roll student in the classroom.

“I guess it was just a testament to the hard work that I put in,” said Rahming who is home from school for the summer break. “All summer I prepared for football, and during the fall I prepared for baseball, so it didn’t come as a major surprise for me. I expected to do the things that I needed to do to help the team win. There might be a little pressure on me for next year because if I don’t perform the same way, everyone will be saying that it was a one-year thing. I just want to go out there and prove to everyone that I could do it again,” he added.

The 17-year-old high school junior will be travelling to Freeport, Grand Bahama as a member of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau’s (JBLN) senior team this weekend, for the Bahamas Baseball Federation’s (BBF) Andre Rodgers Championships. He is confident that they could perform well, and win the overall title.

“I think we’re very capable. We have a strong team and I like our chances,” said Rahming. “Once we play like how we’re capable of playing we should come out victorious.”

As for this past school year, on the football field for the Eagles, Rahming proved to be too difficult to contain as he rushed for 1,565 yards on 215 carries in just nine games, averaging 7.28 yards per carry and 173.9 yards per game. He also reached pay dirt a school record 18 times from the backfield. Rahming broke the single game rushing record at Rabun Gap this year with 355 yards on the ground. In actuality, Rahming did everything on the football field this year. He proved that he could catch balls out of the backfield as he reeled in 15 catches for 107 yards, had a stunning 167 rating as a passer as he completed 7-of-8 passes for 199 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, and on special teams, he had 19 kickoff returns for 401 yards. Overall, Rahming had over 2,000 all purpose yards, and was impressive defensively as well with 16 tackles.

In the season finale at home, the Eagles fell 69-49 to the Rosman High School Tigers which brought in one of the top rushing offenses in western North Carolina. The Tigers ended up running the ball 55 times for 499 yards en route to the big win, but in the loss, Rahming and the Eagles rushed for 235 yards and passed for 296 yards. Rahming finished with 220 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He also completed three passes for 56 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

For his efforts, Rahming was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Eagles this past year. It was just their second season playing varsity football, and they finished with a 4-6 win/loss record.

Rahming, who attended Queen’s College here in New Providence, was equally as impressive on the baseball diamond.

As one of five Bahamians on the Eagles varsity baseball roster, Rahming helped them reach the second round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A State Playoffs before they fell, 11-6, to Providence Day. Even in that game, Rahming was strong at the plate, as he had a two-run home-run in three at-bats. Outfielder/pitcher Seberon Mackey, from Freeport, Grand Bahama, also had a two-run home-run in three at-bats for the Eagles in that game.

In total, Rahming was second on the team in hitting with a .405 average. He contributed 29 RBIs and had 34 runs scored. He had an .886 slugging percentage, seven home-runs and 17 stolen bases.

Fellow Bahamian Lance Edwards led the Eagles in batting this year as he hit .505. The other Bahamians on the Eagles baseball roster this past year were first baseman/pitcher Perez Knowles and infielder Nick Ferguson to go along with Rahming, Edwards and Mackey.

In varsity baseball, the Eagles are the five-time Carolinas Athletic Association (CAA) Conference Champions, and finished with a record of 19-9 this past year. Rahming said that baseball is his first love, so if it comes down to a choice between the two, he’ll more than likely go with baseball. He leaves tomorrow evening for Freeport.

Other Bahamians making contributions at Rabun Gap this school year were Freeport native Floid Giddings, who was named the best defensive player on the junior varsity squad, Brittney Sauder, who was named the MVP of the junior varsity volleyball squad, and Melissa Wong, who was named the most improved tennis player in varsity tennis and was also a member of the track and field team.

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