On Friday night the Rebels headed to Gainesville for the season finale looking for their first win in Region play.
From the opening drive of the game you could tell that it would be a game without any defense as QB, Brad Davis, connected with Cooper Earls for the games first touchdown with under two minutes played in the game. On the following drive by East Hall, the Vikings had a huge gain on the ground of about 50 yards before being brought down. A few plays later the Vikings were able to force their way into the end zone. After the the East Hall touchdown the Rebels were able to drive the field but would stall just inside the 20. Bryan Carranza would come out and hit the 31 yard field goal with 5:32 left in the 1st quarter.
East Hall would only take 2 minutes off of the clock before scoring another touchdown on the ground. Both defenses struggled with tackling all night long. On the Rebels final drive of the first quarter was the only drive during the first that didn’t end with a score. The Rebels would get inside the 30 before failing to convert on 4th down. Immediately after the turnover on down the Rebels caught a break as #87, Jacob Hood, intercepted the pass! The Rebels would get the ball into the red zone as time expired in the 1st quarter with a score of 13-9, East Hall.
On the continuation of the drive, breakout running back, Hunter Gray, ran in for a 5 yard score. Following the Gray touchdown, Brandon Carranza would surprise the special teams unit from East Hall with an onside kick, and the Rebels would recover of course. I have never seen a kicker be this good at onside kicks. Throughout the season there was probably only two onside kicks that Fannin did not recover. The Rebels would take advantage of the great field position and score quick again. Hunter Gray got his second touchdown of the night, this time on a 9 yard rushing play. During the first East Hall drive of the 2nd quarter the Viking running back broke through the line and looked like he could score, until Jacob Reece made a huge play forcing a fumble in the Rebels side of the field, recovered by Brad Davis. Fannin would again only use 2 minutes before scoring again, this time as rushing touchdown by Cooper Earls. With 3:23 left in the half, Fannin led 30-13.
East Hall would score in the next 40 seconds on a screen pass that went about 50 yards. Following the the Vikings score the Rebels would stall on the other side of the 50 before stalling and punting for the first time in the game. With under two minutes left on the clock the Vikings would turn to the air attack and score on a jump pass with 45 seconds left in the half. At halftime the Rebels lead the Vikings 30-29.
To start the second half the Vikings were ready to recieve the kick before Carranza caught them slipping again as he surmised them with an onside kick. With the ball already on the Vikings side of the field it took no time at all for the Rebels to march the ball down the field before Hunter Gray punched the ball in from 1 yard out for his third touchdown of the game. East Hall would only need a minute and half before scoring on a 30 yard passing touchdown, the Vikings would fail on the two-point conversion. Davis would answer the passing touchdown with one of his own as he would connect with Earls for a 40 yard passing touchdown, Fannin would convert on the two point conversion. The following kickoff was returned for a touchdown by East Hall. At the end of the 3rd quarter the Rebels had the ball in scoring position and led 45-43.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, Jacob Reece would have his first touchdown of the night on a 6 yard rushing play. The Vikings would continue the quick scoring trans as they would score on a 56 yard passing touchdown just 45 seconds after the Rebels touchdown. This time they would convert on the two-point conversion, now trailing 52-51. On the following drive the Rebels would take 3 minutes off the clock before having the punt the ball back to the Vikings. East Hall would take over on their own 22 yard line with under 7 minutes remaining. They would move the ball as fast as they had all night, getting to the Rebels 40 before throwing another deep pass for a touchdown and not convert on the two-point conversion. With under 5 minutes left in the game it looked as if the Rebels would have a chance to win the game on their final possession. On one of the first plays of the Fannin drive, East Hall would jump the route and score on a 40-yard pick-six with 3:57 left, now leading 65-52. On the very next offensive play #5 from East Hall would intercept the ball again. The Vikings would seal the game on just a minute later with another rushing touchdown. The Rebels were able to score another touchdown but would not have time to mount a comeback. The final of this game was East Hall 71, Fannin County 58.
The Rebels finish the season 2-8.
On Friday night the Fannin County Rebels celebrated their Seniors for their final home game.
On the opening drive the Rebels defense was looking sharp. On a third and long the Union quarterback, Cole Wright, threw the ball deep downfield and a big hit by Mason Rhodes, the Fannin Linebacker, broke up the big gain. On the following play the Panthers punter mishandled the snap but was able to get the kick off before it was tipped, and also getting hit on the play. The Rebels were going to get the ball around the 40 until a flag for roughing the kicker went flying. I have never in my life seen a call that bad, and that call alone set the tone for the game.
The Panthers were able to take advantage of their second chance and march the ball down the field, scoring the games first touchdown. The Rebels, and QB Brad Davis were glad to see a familiar face back on the sideline as Cooper Earls returned from injury. Davis wasted no time on the opening drive, finding his favorite receiver for a touchdown. The Rebels attempted a two-point conversion but were unsuccessful in the attempt. The Panthers would respond with another touchdown after the Rebels score, now leading 14-6. The Rebels were moving the ball rather well on the following drive before stalling and having to punt the ball back to the Panthers. This time driving the field and forcing the ball in on a 3rd and goal at the 1-yard line. After the first the Panthers lead the Rebels 21-6.
During their first drive of the second half the Rebels advanced the ball onto the Union side of the field before a Union defender jumped the route and intercepted the ball, returning it 30 yards before being brought down. Just a few plays later the Union QB, broke free and scored on a 45 yard touchdown run. Davis continued to struggle through the air in the 2nd Quarter as the defense would intercept two more passes before the half ended. In the 2nd quarter the Panthers scored 21 points off turnovers. At halftime Union led 49-9.
The Rebels would drive the length of the field but would not be able to punch in the ball, as the drive would stall inside the 5 yard line. As the Panthers took over, with the shadow of the goalpost on their uniforms, they would turn to the ground game. On 3rd and about 8, the Union running back Bo Lynch busted through the line and headed for the goal line. Only to be called back because of an illegal block in the back. The Panthers would later go on to score on that drive. After allowing another score the Rebels tried to mount an incredible comeback, now being down 56-9. A score at which you would expect absolutely nothing to happen. Fannin would go on an impressive driving ending with a 30 rushing score by Cooper Earls. On the ensuing kickoff the Rebels would go with an onside kick by Senior kicker Brandon Carranza. I have never seen someone this talented when it comes to an onside kick. When thats what they decide to do, you can almost bet that the Rebels will recover, and in most cases Carranza recovers his own kicks.
With great field position the Rebels would only need to go 48 yards to score. They would get down to the goal-line and use a QB sneak to score again. On the next kickoff the Rebels would once again turn to Carranza for an onside kick. The Rebels would go on to recover this one also. Senior, Jacob Reese would also have the biggest hit of the game on the onside. Clearing the way for a Rebels recovery. Followed by another Rebels touchdown. The Rebels would not attempt for three-in-a-row for the onside kick. Instead they would kick it over the heads of the Union players. Union would recover. A few plays later the Union QB would once again break down the field for yet another big touchdown run, putting any talks of a comeback to rest. On their final possession the Rebels would put even more points on the board as Brad Davis would once again find Cooper Earls down the sideline for the games final touchdown. The final of this one, Union 63 and Fannin 39.
The Rebels have struggled with stopping the run all year, especially so in the past two weeks. Next week the Rebels head to East Hall to take on a very fast team. Both teams will be fighting for pride next week as both teams are 0-5 in the Region.