The Fannin Rebels football team traveled north to Union County to take on the Panthers. Despite a second half shut out, Fannin fell 23-7 to Union.The day began with a short ceremony honoring Union’s first ever football team, (1957). Fannin’s captains were, Tyler Beaver, Trevor Stone, Heath Davenport, and Blake Callihan.
Union struck first with a 20 yard touchdown reception by Lalo Rivera, on the first possession of the game. With 9:22 left in the first quarter, Fannin found itself down 7-0.
Peyton Satterfield returned the ensuing kickoff to the Rebels’ 35 yard line. Trevor Stone connected with Noah O’Neal on a long pass that gave the Rebels the ball on the Union 47 yard line.
The next play was a 27 yard Stone quarterback keeper that gave the Rebels the ball on the Union 17 yard line. However, the drive ended with a turnover on downs, when Fannin failed on a fourth down conversion.
The Rebels rose on defense, as Blake Callihan recovered a Union fumble on the Panthers’ 19 yard line. On the ensuing possession, Satterfield raced the 19 yards for the first and only Fannin touchdown of the game. With 2:40 left in the first quarter the game was tied 7-7.
On the next Union possession the defense of the Rebels rose up again, stopping the Panthers on fourth and two, to give the Rebels the ball on Fannin’s 43.
The Rebels’ moved the ball down to the Union 38 yard line due, to a nifty pass reception from Satterfield that saw two Panther defenders clawing at air. However, a Fannin fumble gave the Panthers the ball back with just under 11 minutes left in the first half.
The Panthers’ offense moved the ball 62 yards, eventually scoring on a four yard touchdown run, by quarterback T. Bentley. With 6:41 left in the half, Fannin was down 14-7.
Another Fannin fumble on the very next drive gave Union the ball on the Rebels’ 37 yard line, with 5:51 left in the half. A mere 24 seconds later, a 35 yard reception by Robert Prunier put the Panthers up 20-7. Davenport broke up the two point attempt after a bad snap forced conversion try.
On the next drive the Rebels continued to struggle hold onto the ball, as two fumbles on pitch plays, both Rebel recoveries, had Fannin facing a third and 18. Satterfield gained 16 yards on a reception.
The Rebels called time out with 2:35 left in the half and decided to go for it on fourth and two; however the Panthers’ defense stuffed Jarod Petty and took over on the Fannin 47 with 2:22 left in the half.
The Panthers drove the ball to the Fannin 19, but the Rebels’ defense held the Panthers to a field goal, with 10 seconds left in the half. Union held the 23-7 lead throughout the game.
Neither team managed to score in the second half. The Panther’s defense did force two more turnovers, a fumble recovery and an interception; however the Rebels’ defense kept Union out of the end zone.
The Rebels simply could not overcome the turnovers that plagued Fannin throughout the contest. Fannin next faces White County at home Friday September 14th.