The Character Ed word for the month of March was Optimism. The definition is “hopeful; focusing on the good in all situations.”
These students were chosen for consistently displaying this character trait throughout the month. Congratulations to all of you!
Pictured are, from left to right, front row: Sophia Garcia, AbbyGail Grindle, Ella Norris, Ryann King, Scarlett Queen, Makayla Siler, Kaydee Parris, Brody Ingle; middle row: Archer Twiggs, Tucker Griggs, Karleigh Cruce, Colton Bradburn, Avery Collis, Yarely Vargas, Isaac Watkins; back row: Ava Acker, Jordan Kinman, Yamilet Lopez-Garcia, Kaden Davis, Callie Lewis, Michael Dunnivan, and Isabella Patton. Not Pictured: Jeremiah Wyrick and Natalee Reeves.
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Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
March 4, 2018 thru March 10, 2018 Responses
Mutual Aid: 0
Total Emergency Calls: 457
Total Calls: 1336
If you know BKP and Sam, then you know who the real stars of our Friday shows are. This week the star and Pet of the Week is Ziggy! Ziggy even dressed up for his star performance! He is a little timid but once he warms up to you he is such a lover. He is good with other pups and even cats. He would be a great addition to your family. If you are looking for a new companion to add to your family contact the Humane Society of Blue Ridge today.
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Sat: 10 AM to 2 PM
Closed Tue & Sun
Amidst all the talk among Democrats and the Media that the Trump election and presidency is a one off that will soon be remedied by a Democrat wave — there is actually evidence to suggest that just the opposite will ring true in 2018. For example, look at upstart Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Justin Simmons, who is running to be the GOP nominee in the 15th District. Simmons, 31, currently represents PA State House District 131 and was planning to mount a Conservative challenge to seven term incumbent Rep. Charlie Dent in the Spring 2018 Primary. That was until Dent abruptly announced his retirement, opening the door for 35 year old Ryan Mackenzie to enter the now open race, a race that could prove to be a battle between conflicting wings of the Republican Party.
Simmons recently called in to FYNTV’s Good Morning from the Office for an exclusive interview regarding his initial decision to run, the surprise of Dent’s retirement, and the differences between himself and Mackenzie.
Simmons made it clear from the beginning that his motivation to run was the dissatisfaction among Conservatives in the 15th District with Dent, as evidenced by the recent rally in protest of the seven term Congressman. According to Simmons, “just his voting record alone is bad enough… then going on MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times… being the go to Republican to rip Donald Trump and Conservatives,” had angered voters in the district won by both Donald Trump and Charlie Dent. However, Dent had spoken out aggressively against Trump during the campaign, refusing to endorse him and frequently criticizing him after his inauguration.
“I was never fully on board with Charlie, I always knew he was pro-choice and supported taxpayer funded abortion… but he was fiscally Conservative at first,” said Simmons, adding “as time went on he just got more Liberal.”
The news of Dent’s sudden announcement to retire was a surprise to the Simmons team, although he insists they were “ecstatic” and this it was a “victory” because it creates a chance to elect a Conservative representative. However, it has created a brand new dynamic with the entry of Mackenzie, setting up a race described by The Morning Call as a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s race” between what they described as two longtime rivals. Although Simmons dismissed the “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” comparison he did elaborate on what he sees as the differences between him and the only other declared candidate.
Ryan and I have worked together on a lot of good issues. The difference between Ryan and I, is Ryan is establishment and I am not. I got my foray into politics by taking on a Liberal Republican, I took on the party and I took on the establishment. Ryan Mackenzie, he came into politics, his Dad was the former chair of the party, he was very connected. When he first ran for State House in the 134th District… there was a special election and the party hierarchy greased the skids for Ryan, they cleared the field in the special election for him, he hasn’t had an opponent since.
Simmons also described Mackenzie as Charlie Dent’s hand picked successor, which means he will be the beneficiary of the PA GOP fundraising network. However, Simmons described it as a negative because it means Mackenzie would be beholden to the moderate Republican structure of the state party and not the Trump Coalition that delivered PA to a Republican presidential candidate for the first time in a generation.
This race will be one of many that pits establishment Republicans against the new, Trump Republicans. In his recent interview with 60 Minutes, former White House strategist Steve Bannon made clear his intentions to target establishment Republicans in the 2018 Primary races. This has already manifested itself in races like the special election for Senate in Alabama, where incumbent Sen. Luther Strange was leading in polling until Bannon endorsed his opponent, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore.
What’s more, the race in Pennsylvania will pit two millennial candidates, Mackenzie is 35 and Simmons is 31.
You can see Simmons’ entire interview here:
The Fannin Rebels (2-3,4-5) travelled to Gainesville, GA. last Friday night to square off against the East Hall Vikings (4-1,5-4) in region play. The Rebels came into the game with a 2-2 record and East Hall at 3-1. Both team have explosive offenses and it showed in the first half of play, scoring 48 points and 572 yards total offense between the two teams. The second half was a bit slower paced, but at the end, the Vikings pulled it out, 50-36.
East Hall won the toss and was able to score quick on a deep pass to go up, 7-0 less than a minute into the game. Fannin responded the next drive scoring a touchdown. The Vikings and the Rebels would continue the first quarter swapping licks and points. With the score 14-7 East Hall and 2:36 left in the first quarter B.Davis found C.Earls on a 57 yard touchdown pass to tie things up at, 14-14 to end the first.
The second quarter was much like the first, a lot of offense and not much defense. The Rebels managed to score first and was successful on a two-point conversion after D.Archie found the end zone from 7 yards out bring the score to, 22-14. The very next drive East Hall duplicated Fannin to tie it up at, 22 a piece. J.Reece caught a 24 yard pass for a touchdown and increased Fannins lead, but the Vikings with 43.6 seconds left in the first half found away to get points and after two quarter and 572 yards and 48 points later things were tied at, 29-29.
The second half of play was a lot different than the first for Fannin. The defense was able to hold the Vikings better, but the offense was unable to protect Davis and make the holes needed for backs. Unable to move the ball or score like the first half, the Rebels defense seen more action and was wore down by the Vikings. Giving up 21 unanswered points, the Vikings controlled the third and fourth quarters. Although J.Roper found the end zone to start things off on a 3-yard run, that would be it for the Rebel’s offense. The Viking ran and threw their way to a victory over the Rebels, 50-36.
Next up for Fannin is Senior Night at Rebels Stadium this Friday at 7:30 pm. They will face a Franklin Lion team that has had success this year and looking to finish in the top three in the region. Fannin in a 3-way tie for fourth place. Now, with that said, the Rebels are in a very tricky situation in 7-AAA. Fannin, West Hall and Banks all sit at 2-3 and tied for fourth place, but both West Hall and Banks have wins over the Reb’s. Now, with this week’s games, all this could change depending on who wins and who losses. The way i see this is, if Fannin beats Franklin and Banks and West Hall lose, Fannin could see a playoff spot, but if the latter happens this could be the last game for the Rebels.
Fannin QB Brad Davis eclipsed 2,000 yards passing this year, 16 touchdowns and averages 241.9 yards per game. Davis was lights out in the first half of play, but the offensive line seemed to be tired and lacking in the second half. The Vikings pass rush was to much for a tired Rebel line and didn’t allow Davis time to set-up the passing game while they stifled the run game in the second half. Davis was 17-25 for 216 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT and rushed for 11 yards.
This week I am going to showcase a couple seniors, as this is senior week at Fannin High School. These seniors have seen both wins and losses on the Rebels team and are some of the most talented on the Rebels football roster. This is just a few as this Rebels team is full of talented players, freshman to varsity, they will have many years of talent to pick from.
Since the injury in week two to senior defensive back Jerod Petty, the rebels looked elsewhere for leadership on the field. Well, they found it in Senior Jack Roper. Roper has had as good a season as any high school player or coach could ask for. Averaging 7.3 tackles per game, Jack has 49 solo tackles, 66 total with assists and that’s just on the defense. On offense he has been a huge playmaker as well. He has 12 touchdowns on 80 carries and averages 6.1 yards per carry with 485 total yards. He has one 100+ yard game this season. He is a hard hitter on defense and runs the hard yards when Coach Pavao needs him. Roper, like Dakota Archie, runs through the defenders and makes them pay every time they try and tackle him. If there was anyone who has stepped up this year and filled the gap and void of the Petty loss it would be Jack Roper.
Dakota Archie is also another player whom i would say has taken up the leadership role and helped build this Fannin team this year. In the three games he has started in the backfield this year, he has 84 carries and 387 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. All three games have been 100+ yard games and has found the end zone three times. He has 10 catches for 78 yards on the season. Defensively he has also impacted the team, 29 solo tackles, 55 total including assists, averaging 6.1 tackles per game and 2 interceptions.
Daniel Kinser, Dylan Usry and Jean Zamora are a huge part of the Rebels defensive line. Although I don’t have many stats on these seniors, these men will be hard to replace on next years roster. Without them the Rebels would be in a much different place in this tough region.
Christian Resendiz, Adam Ingram, Dylan Frank, Tyler Jones, Hunter Neal, Dominik Leben and Jerod Petty are the sole remaining seniors on this years Rebels team. These young men make up what Rebel Pride and Rebel Football is all about. Both on the field and off, these men led the way for a young team and helped define what winning and being a Rebel is all about. They have paved the way for a new era in Rebel Football and along with Coach Pavao and staff have given us fans something to be proud of.
The Fannin Rebels (2-2,4-4) hosted the West Hall Spartans (1-3,3-5) in what ended up being a fight to the finish. With .46 seconds left in the game Fannin was up 27-24 and with the game all but won, West Hall kicker #22 Cesar Villa kicks a 49 yd. field goal to tie things up and force overtime. The Spartans found the end zone in double overtime to get their first region win, 40-37.
Fannin came out strong as they usually do. Jack Roper was the first to find then end zone at 4:06 in the first quarter. It was a 30 yard run off the left-side. West Hall answered a few short plays later with a 64 yard touchdown to tie things up at, 7-7 to end the first quarter.
The Rebels were able to score some points in the second quarter, but West Hall’s defense was able to contain. Fannin found the uprights with a 20 yards field goal, 13-14 at 10:23 in the second. The Spartans had a huge return of 74 yards setting them up with a short yardage touchdown, bringing the total to, 14-10 and then again with a 62 yard touchdown pass. at the end of the half West Hall was leading, 21-13.
Dakota Archie was first to strike in the third quarter from 13 yards out, closing the Spartans lead to one, 20-21. West Hall was not able to score in the third which is typically the Rebels worst quarter, but was able to hit a field goal increasing the lead, 24-21.
Again, Archie was a huge factor in Fannin’s run game. After driving the ball 80 yards Brad Davis was able to get in from 1 yard out on a keeper to the left-side with 9:20 left in the game. West Hall could not find the end zone against a tough and relentless Fannin defense. As time ran down it seemed as Fannin was righting a wrong after last years loss at West Hall. With 43.1 seconds left in the game, Spartans kicker Cesar Villa nails a 49 yard field goal to tie things up at, 27-27 forcing overtime.
West Hall had first strike at the end zone and quickly found it. #10 Darius Coleman ran a 20 yd. sprint to the right side finding the end zone. Fannin then had a chance to tie things up with a fresh set of downs. #3 Dakota Archie got the call and he answered. After a few short gains Archie was able to drag the entire Spartans team 5 yds into the end zone. Now with things tied, 34-34 they went into double overtime.
Fannin was first to get the ball and was stopped after a few short gains, but B. Caranza was able to get a field goal from about 20 yds. out. This gave the Spartans some breathing room. West Hall ran the same play to the right-side easily finding the end zone and getting the win in double overtime, 40-37.
Fannin will travel to Hall County to face-off against tough region opponent East Hall at 7:30 pm next week.
Players of Week
Off – Hunter Davis
Def – Jack Roper
Spec Teams – Andrew Pavao
The Fannin Rebels travelled to Rome, GA to face off against Armuchee Indians last Friday. Fannin won last years match-up decisively and this game was heading in the same direction. Rain and lighting put a damper on things and with just one quarter in the books the Rebels were up, 16-0.
The Fannin-Armuchee game was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm. because of the previous days lighting delay.
The Rebels gladly made this trip back to Rome to finish what was started. After starting the Friday night game with a solid performance from both sides of the ball and scoring two touchdowns and a safety in the first quarter, the Rebels defense held the Indians to just a few yards and never allowed them to cross the 50 yard line. With rain moving in and only 12 minutes of play in the books the referees called the game till further notice. The game was restarted at 9:35 and the players were allowed 15 minutes to warm-up. Seven seconds into the start-up the ref’s called the game again due to continued strikes being detected.
While in the delay I had a chance to talk with some of the referees about how the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) handles weather related games and about time limits. It was told to me that a lighting meter detects near-by strikes and that is why it was delayed. There is a half-hour waiting period from the last strike detected and then the game would resume. Well as some fans, who braved the weather found out Friday, it can be quite await. The GHSA rules also state that for non-regional games the curfew is 11:30 pm. and the referees have to off the field at that time. Junior varsity (JV) games have a 9:00 pm curfew. Now regional varsity games, that is a whole different beast. Those games can and will be played as late or as long as needed. There is no time limit or curfew installed by GHSA rules. GHSA also has the final decision on non-regional games along with both schools cooperation if they are to be reschedule due to referee availability.
Coach Pavao wanted and needed this game to happen. He told the players at the end of Friday night’s called game to clear their schedule on Saturday because they were coming back to finish what they started. Coach Pavao also said he did not want to go into next week’s game against Union 1-1, but 2-1 and with momentum.
The Rebel’s were able to blank Armuchee 44-0 on Saturday afternoon in Rome. FetchYourNews was unable to make the trip back on Saturday, but sources said Fannin was physically stronger, more mentally prepared and hungry for that 2-1 start to the season.
Rebels Jr. QB Brad Davis had another incredible weekend throwing 20-25 for 228 yds, 3 TD, and 3 carries for 22 yds. The Rebel’s running game was strong again with Tyler Collis getting 17 carries for 75 yds and 1 TD, Jack Roper had 4 carries 17 yds, 1 TD and Cody Jacobs – 6 Carries, 18 Yds, 1 TD.
This week there were fewer targeted receiver’s, but 19 total catches. Christian Resendiz – 5 catches, 52 yds and 1 TD, Clay Ware – 1 catch, 1 yd, Jacob Reece – 5 catches, 110 yds and 1 TD and Cooper Earls – 8 catches 70 yds and 1 TD.
This year’s Rebel defense is bigger, stronger and tougher than any I have seen, thus far. The 7-AAA Region has got their hands full this year and if taken lightly, Fannin will run through the Region unscathed. The Armuchee game was a true testament, I believe, for what Coach Pavao and staff did in the off-season and continue to do today. 43 tackles from 18 different players is not a fluke accident. These young men believe in Coach and themselves. Coach Pavao and staff has instilled confidence and a mental toughness in these players they will never forget. I know I see it in my son everyday and every game. This group of kids would play with there necks broke for Coach Pavao and staff and that you just don’t find everyday. I typically don’t post all the stats except the few tops, but this week I am going to recognize all the players.
Tackles: #2 Pavao-5, #3 Archie-5, #4 Leben-1, #9 Galloway-1, #16 Wilson-1, #18 Cornillaud-3, #24 Ware-2, #23 E.Smith-1, #27 Gray-3, #33 Putnam-2, #42 Roper-4, #49 Newman-1, #55 Whitmire-2, #57 Kinser-1, #61 Rhodes-1, #65 Mendosa-2, #69 Zamora-3, and #83 Frank-5.
Assist: #1 Neal-3, #2 Pavao-4, #3 Archie-2, #4 Leben-3, #16 Wilson-2, #26 Westphal-1, #27 Gray-1, #31 Ledford-5, #33 Putnam-1, #42 Roper-1, #55 Whitmire-2, #57 Kinser-1, #65 Mendosa-1, #68 Collins-1, #83 Frank-1.
Tackle for Loss: #42 Roper-2 and 2 sacks
Forced Fumble: #24 Ware-1 and 1 interception
Fumble Recovery: #2 Pavao-1
Players of the Game: #42 Jack Roper – Defense, #2 Andrew Pavao – Special Teams, #48 Jacob Reece – Offense, #37 Matthew Postell – D Scout and #30 Dawson King – O Scout.
Next week we face-off against a tough Union County at Rebels Stadium at 7:30 pm.. The Rebel’s look to right a few wrongs from last year and this is one of them.
Remember to watch Rebel Wrap-Up every Wednesday Night at 7:00 pm on FYNTV at FetchYourNews.com. Each week host BKP talk with coaches and players from your Fannin Rebels.