TeamFetchYourNews Sports Reporter’s Player of the Week goes out to 88 Jalen Ingram. Jalen Ingram is a Sophomore at Fannin County High School. Ingram plays Tight End and Defensive Line for the Fannin Rebels. Ingram played a good game Friday night, scoring a 24-yard touchdown for the Rebels. Ingram gained a combined total of 75+ yards in kickoff returns for the Rebels. In the third quarter of the game on Friday, Holloway made a 30-yard connection with Ingram getting the Rebels closer to Trojans red zone.
The Fannin County High School Rebels take on the Cherokee Bluff Bears for their first regional home game. Rebels brought high energy into the first half and executed their plays during the 4th quarter, beating the Bears 45-7.
After the coin toss, the Rebels’ #32 Treylyn Owensby with the kickoff return to their own 34-yard line. From there, the Rebels set the tone of the game as they scored three touchdowns. Luke Holloway handed off to Owensby for a 30-yard touchdown, Holloway connected with Chandler Kendall for a 37-yard touchdown, and Holloway passed to Jalen Ingram for a 32-yard touchdown. Sarah Sosebee with the extra 3 points gave the Rebels the lead of 21-0.
Rebels defense dominated the first quarter as they kept the Bears off the scoreboard. Every time it looked as though the Bears would gain a few yards, they would get flagged for ‘false start’ and ‘off sides’ which pushed them back. It was apparent that the Rebels had established an early lead that would put too much pressure on the Bears to come back later in the game.
Second quarter began much like the first, with the Rebels adding to their lead. Rebels moved the pigskin downfield with Kendall 24-yards, Holloway 6-yards, and Owensby 26-yards and the touchdown. Sosebee with the extra point brings up the score 28-0 with 8:05 left in the 1st half.
With less than five minutes left in the 1st half, the Bears execute a trick play (triple reverse) and find themselves at the Rebels 6-yard line. From there, the Bears took on Rebels defense before lighting up the scoreboard the only time that night, 28-7.
After their touchdown, the Bears seemed to have caught a second-wind, or maybe the Rebels backed off a little, allowing the Bears to get into the red zone on Rebels 19-yard line. The momentum of the game may have been turning the Bears way, but that same moment was short lived when the Bears had a turnover.
The Rebels take over at their own 19-yard line with 38 seconds left in the 1st half. The Bears intercepted Holloways attempt to connect with Ingram before the buzzer sound ended the 1st half with the Rebels on top, 28-7.
It was obvious after the Rebels first half, Head Coach Chad Cheatham needed to go into the locker room and maybe remind the Rebels that they had not yet won the game and they needed to finish the game.
In the 3rd quarter, the Bears received the kickoff but weren’t successful in moving downfield. The Bears made it to their own 35-yard line before being pushed back 5-yards for a flag on the play. This caused the Bears to have to punt.
With Kendall’s 20-yard punt return, the Rebels start on their own 44-yard line. The Rebels were unable to get anything going in that drive and were forced to punt that would give the Bears the ball on their own 34-yard line.
In the 3rd quarter, the Rebels defense stopped any hope the Bears had of getting into the end zone. The Bears were forced to punt and 44-yard punt, the Rebels were put on their own 1-yard line. Basically, having to run 1st down out of their own end zone, Holloway handed off to Owensby and gained 26-yards giving the Rebels some breathing room as the sound of the buzzer ended the quarter.
Rebels start the 4th quarter on their own 27-yard line and only 12 minutes away from winning the first region game of the season. The Rebels left it all on the field as they made quick work of crossing the 50-yard line into Bears territory. Holloway handed off to 35 Will Mosley for a 52-yard touchdown. Sosebee was on fire as she went 5 for 5 lighting up the scoreboard 35-7.
The Rebels defense did not allow the Bears to get any positive yards. Mason Rhodes and Jackson Weeks kept the Bears at the 31-yard line for the 2nd and 3rd down. Rhodes tackled a Bear at their own 21-yard line for a loss of yards bringing up a 4th down. Bears backed the punt, 31 Campbell Constentino blocked the punt and 50 Matthew Lewis made the recovery at the Bears 11-yard line.
A Rebels drive to their own 9-yard line, and on the 4th down and elected to go for a 21-yard field goal attempt. 38 Alex White with a 21-yard field goal giving the Rebels 38-7 with 7:39 left in the game.
The Bears received the kickoff and attempted to make their way into Rebel territory but at this point there was no moving the ball past Rebels defense. With 3:51 left in the game, the Bears found themselves 4th and 8 at their own 43-yard line. 83 Dalton Ross tackled a Bear for a loss at their own 36-yard line for the turnover on downs.
With a little less than 3:30 left in the game, Rebels took over at their own 36-yard line. Owensby gained 25-yards, Matthew Postell gained another 7-yards, and Norton rushed the last 7-yards for the touchdown. Sosebee went for a successful 6 for 6 and the Rebels broke the scoreboard 45-7.
The Bears received the kickoff with 2:57 left in the game. The Rebels kept them in their own territory for the last two minutes and the buzzard sounded ending the game leaving the Bears at the 40-yard line.
The Rebels played a great game as many players put their hands on the ball and defense made some great plays—like Constentino’s block on the punt and Lewis’s recovery. The Rebels win their first regional game against the Bears.
Let’s see who comes out on top during tonight’s game. The Rebels will be playing East Hall High School at home at 7:30! It’s alumni night, along with Fannin Park and Rec, so come out and support all the Rebels dating back to the 80s!
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – It may seem like a small gesture to some, but for those in Gilmer County, Georgia, a simple jersey is relating a lot more than meets the eye as they receive a memorial jersey to honor Gilmer’s middle school principal, the late Larry Walker.
With a special moment before the middle school football games between these two schools on September 19, Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney took to the field with Gilmer County School Superintendent Dr. Shanna Downs and Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Alison Sosebee for a special ceremony in order to present the jersey hosting the emblems of both Gilmer and Fannin.
After a few words about Walker’s life and a moment of silence honoring him, Gwatney and Downs shared their own moment holding the jersey together. The announcers explained the meaning of the ceremony saying,
“The jersey being presented to the Gilmer Middle School football team bears the name of Walker with the #1. Also on the jersey is the Fannin County School insignia and the Gilmer County School insignia. The jersey being presented is in memory of Larry D. Walker, principal of Gilmer Middle School, and signifying Fannin County and Gilmer County are together as one, both in spirit and community.”
With the funeral today, many are still dealing with the loss as they prepare their final respects. Others are coping in their own ways. But as a community comes together and the true reach of one man comes into focus, they are responding to the show of support. Kayann Hayden West offered her thanks on social media saying, “Thankful for the support of our community and the Walker family up and down the 515 corridor. Rivals on the field but united in purpose and heart.”
Fannin County High Schools Head Coach Chad Cheatham, born and raised in Fannin County, Ga. takes the floor at a recent Board of Education meeting. A new edition to Fannin County High Schools staff, Coach Cheatham was able to explain in detail his mission for Fannin’s youth.
Coach Cheatham gave a motivating speech as he laid out the foundation of Fannin Rebels mantra: 1) Faith, 2) Family, 3) Academics, and lastly, 4) Football. Is it strange to hear a Head Coach say that football needs to come last on a player’s priority list? Maybe, but Coach Cheatham has his reasons and his reasons are for the overall success of Fannin’s youth.
Coach Cheatham states there’s 4 things student athletes need to pursue excellence in:
“1) Faith: in our Creator, in our team, in our community, in our parents, and in our school system. Faith in believing in the process. And the sacrifice to get there may be hard, but you got to keep the faith.”
“2) Family: A lot of my players don’t go home to mom and dad. They go home to grandma or grandpa, or they go home to foster care. That’s just the state of reality that we are in right now. We focus on family and brotherhood and selfless play for one another. We’re teaching selflessness.”
“3) Academics: Education is the key to every door. 99% of our football players will never play football again but what they’re going to do is go into the workforce. They’re going to enter college, or technical school, or the military and they’re going to be great. And education and academics is the key to their future and we got to make our football players believe that.”
“4) Football: Why is the last thing football? I’ll tell you why. It’s because if you don’t have faith, if you don’t have family, and you don’t have your academics in order you might as well forget football because it isn’t going to happen.”
Coach Cheatham continues, “In order to be successful, you have to take care of the first three: Faith, Family, and Academics. We’re pushing self-discipline with our kids. Are we winning? We’re not winning on the scoreboard [the last two games] but are we winning in the field house and are we winning in their hearts? I think we are.”
It is apparent that Coach Cheatham takes an interest in the well-being of Fannin’s youth. His coaching style seems to motivate and uplift his players to be better people and aspire for greatness and excellence in all that they do. Let’s see what comes of this years football season, but most importantly, let’s what comes of the Rebels football players’ attitudes.
For the first football game of the season, one of the oldest high school rivalries squared off Friday night at the Huff-Mosely Stadium in Ellijay, Georgia. Fannin County Rebels versus the Gilmer County Bobcats. The Rebels beat the Bobcats 28-0.
Rebels elected to receive the ball first, Cohutta Hyde, ran the ball down field into Bobcat territory and got 1st down at the 30-yard line. Unfortunately, though, due to errors, turnovers, and fumbles, neither the Rebels or the Bobcats had a great first quarter and the score ended 0-0.
Once the second quarter started, it was apparent that the Rebels had settled in and shaken off some ‘first-game of the season’ jitters.
At 8:38 in the second quarter, Rebels lit up the scoreboard and gained their first touchdown of the game. Quarterback, Luke Holloway, had a nice hand-off to running back, Treylyn Owensby, and he got a rushing touchdown. Afterwards, the play was flagged for un-sportsman-like conduct due to Fannin’s early celebration. Kicker, Sara Sosebee, with the extra point gave the Rebels the full 7 points to Bobcats 0.
Late in the second quarter, Rebels defense forced the Bobcats to punt. Rebels, defensive back, Hyde, caught the ball and had what was hopefully a 60-yard return by getting the ball into Bobcat territory, but there were two blocks in the back, so the Rebels were forced back to the 40-yard line, which decimated a strong return.
The first half ended with the Rebels up by 7, but it was obvious that both teams needed huddles with their coaches; Coach Cheatham and Coach Wingard, to make changes and help improve plays.
After half-time, it was clear to see the Rebels made some adjustments. The Rebels had a much better performance with their hand-offs and executing their passes. Rebels brought in some more touchdowns and points after with Sosebee.
With 7 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Rebels quarterback, Holloway, rushed for a touchdown and Sosebee brought in the extra point.
Gilmer’s Bobcats fumbled in third quarter, Owensby picked up the fumble and ran it to the Bobcats territory on the 34-yard line before getting tackled.
Early in the fourth quarter, Rebels defense played harder than ever as they continued to keep the Bobcats from scoring.
While Bobcats had possession, Rebels defensive linemen, Pierson Archer, got the fumble at the 3-yard line.
Rebels quarterback, Holloway, rushed the ball but got tackled at the 41-yard line.
Rebels running back, Owensby, ran in for a touchdown, but the play was flagged for holding on Fannin.
Rebels defense in the fourth quarter stood strong as defensive back, Tate Heaton, took out a Bobcat at the 33-yard line.
Another great play by, Mason Rhodes, as he tackled a Bobcat at the 27-yard line.
With less than 3 minutes in the game, defensive back, Hyde, intercepts the ball from a Bobcat, and hauled it down field before getting tackled by a Bobcat at the 14-yard line.
Holloway passed off to Owensby and he ran for the touchdown gaining another 6 points for the Rebels. Sosebee, four and four for the night, gained the point and left the Rebels with 28 to Bobcats 0!
The takeaway from Friday night’s game is that the Rebels have a good football team. Coach Cheatham won his first high school football game as a head coach here at Fannin County High and as Rebel alum.
Come out to support the Fannin Rebels at their home game Friday, August 24th, against Lafayette High School at 7:30pm!
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The search and wait is now over. Fannin County High School has found its new head football coach.
After an announcement came earlier this year that the Rebels head football coach Jim Pavao would be leaving Fannin County to pursue an offer from Coffee County, the search for Fannin County’s next head coach was underway.
Pavao accepted a position with Coffee County as special teams coordinator and will also be focusing on coaching defensive linebackers.
Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney confirmed today that Fannin County had found its new head football coach, Chad Cheatham. Cheatham was officially announced as a school system teaching hire yesterday at a special called Board of Education meeting.
Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi spoke with FetchYourNews about the hiring process. Out of 27 applicants, nine sat with Fannin County School System staff for a first-round interview.
Two of the nine first-round interviewees were called back for a final interview. Cioffi, along with current Athletic Director Dr. Scott Ramsey, David Henson, who will be taking Ramsey’s place as new athletic director for school year 2018-19, and Fannin County High School Assistant Principal Theresa Dillard conducted the final interviews and ultimately decided Cheatham would make a great fit.
“We really enjoyed his enthusiasm and his commitment,” Cioffi said, explaining the decision.
Cioffi added, “He has the energy level and excitement that we were looking to bring to the program.”
Cheatham is no stranger to Fannin County. Having strong ties to our area, Cheatham was a Fannin County High School graduate of 1991.
“Everything just worked out and the timing was right for him (Cheatham) to come back to this area,” Cioffi spoke of Cheatham’s connections with Fannin County.
Cheatham will be leaving Banks County after being named head coach of the Leopards late last year. Cheatham had worked with the Leopards as an assistant coach to the defensive backs prior to the off-season hire decision that made him head coach.
Some of Cheatham’s previous coaching experiences include serving as a head middle school football coach, head track coach, and several coordinator positions at the varsity level. Coaching the Rebels will be Cheatham’s first on-field experience as a varsity head football coach.
Cheatham is expected to be in Fannin County next week to meet with Fannin County High School players and staff.
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This past Wednesday, Fannin County High School seniors Austin Brown and Cody Jacobs signed letters of intent to play college football.
Austin Brown signed to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, to fill their spot for wide receiver. Cody Jacobs signed to Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, to fill their void for a tight end
When asking head coach for the Rebels, James Pavao, about Brown, he responded, “Austin has done a great job for us as defensive back and a little bit of wide receiver, but he is going to get the opportunity to play full time wide receiver there at Cornell College. He is excited about that and so are we. It’s a high academic school which is great. Anytime we send a guy to college is great but when it is a really high academic school, it makes you really proud. He is going to get to play football and get a top notch education which is the main idea.”
“Cody has really grown as an individual and we are really proud of him. He is the third athlete we have had sign to Mount St. Joseph because we have really developed a good relationship with them and he is helping it to grow. Last year, it was Cooper Earls, then it was his brother Cole Earls who signed about a month ago, and now it’s Cody. We are really excited for him and very proud,” Pavao added about athlete, Cody Jacobs.
”We are proud of both guys as well as all of our seniors. These two are exceptional young men who have the opportunity to go play football in college and they will make the most of this moment,” Pavao added about his seniors.
When asking the head coach to describe his time at Fannin County High School since this was his last week, he stated, “I’ve enjoyed all four years here. It was a good challenge but now the next challenge is ahead. I am excited and looking forward to that. I want to thank Mr.Cioffi and coach Ramsey for hiring me and putting up with me. I want to thank Ms. Dillard for keeping me straight and helping me out any time I needed it as far as my teaching responsibilities go and Mr. Danner for all the things he has done for us and the administration. I will miss those guys and I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have had here.”
This past Wednesday, a Fannin County High School football player decided to take a step to further his future by signing a letter of intent to play college football. Rebel Senior, Cole Earls, signed to Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio to be their next tight end.
Wednesday was not only to congratulate Cole, but also Luke Cowart. Cowart had signed to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee a week prior to be their next wide receiver. All of Earl’s and Cowart’s friends and family came to support and congratulate them as they took this exciting step into their future.
“Cole played for us all four years and he was a big part of our team. Luke played with us for three years although I wish he would have played all four. I was excited when he came out to play sophomore year and he did a great job at receiver for us. I am excited for both of them to go on to college and to be able to play football. It is a great opportunity for them and one of the goals we have as a coaching staff is to expose them to opportunities like this. We didn’t have the record we wanted this year but we really saw the effort that these two put in for us. We tried to win all of the games we could and these guys put all the effort they could into these games but unfortunately we could not pull some of theses games off. The ultimate goal is to help them further their future. Football drew me to college and it forced me to do good and I know both of them would have probably gone to college without football, but the sport has opened doors to more colleges and opportunities like these and I know they will be successful. These are two very strong academic schools and they are going to get a great education. I am excited for them because I think this will really open up their future. There will be some hard days but they will battle through it, play all four years, and graduate from that school. They will have a wide open future and I’m really excited for them,” head football coach for the Rebels, James Pavao, shared about the two Rebels.
“We also have Keenan Putnam who signed with the military and we are excited to see what happens for him. I want to give him recognition because what he is doing is very important. He is putting God and our country above himself and that shows what great character he has and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” Pavao shared with the FYN sports team.
Congratulations to all three of these seniors and good luck in your future endeavors!