Fannin High School Senior Hunter Gray has made a verbal commitment to further his education and continue his baseball career at Lipscomb University.
In speaking to this young man it is quickly revealed that he is genuine and humble. Gray knows that without the support of his parents David and Rachal but also his brothers Daniel and Cody, he would not have the opportunity that lies before him. Gray took the field for the first time at 3 years old and has never looked back. Playing in what the local recreation department labeled as the Diaper League, Hunter found his love for the game that he plays today and will continue to play in the future for Lipscomb University. Hunter Gray played several years of travel baseball as well as other sports into his freshman year at Fannin County High School. Gray was a part of the Rebels’ basketball program as a 9th grader before choosing to walk away giving him more time to both play football and baseball. Gray’s sophomore year could have detrimental to his future in the game he loves. In a pre-season football game, Gray suffered a tear of his ACL and Meniscus. The surgery to repair the tears doesn’t come with an easy rehabilitation. The average recovery time in getting back to full action is right at 9 months. Gray missed 2 years of high school football and a year of Rebel baseball as well as his travel ball schedule for the East Cobb Astros out of Marrietta, GA. Through hard work and dedication to getting his leg stronger, Gray is ready to take the field.
In Gray’s time on the diamond, he has played with several travel organizations as Gilmer Co., Cherokee Reds, Kennesaw, Team GA and is currently part of the East Cobb program. As a freshman for the Rebels, Gray led the team at the plate and was awarded the offensive player of the year and earned his varsity letter in 3 sports. Hunter’s mother(Rachal) said ” Hunter is a very humble young man. He is the same person whether he strikes out or hits a home run.” Hunter is very thankful and blessed that his parents and siblings are there for him and looks forward to having his support system with him as he heads to Lipscomb University after high school.
Congratulations to Hunter Gray on his verbal commitment to Lipscomb and as you prepare for the upcoming season for the Fannin Rebels.
The Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week is Micah O’Neal. Micah played very well with 9 tackles and 3 assist in the loss to the Spartans of GAC last Friday night.
With the first round of GHSA State Playoffs starting this week the Rebels will go to the home of the Yellow Jackets of Calhoun High School. O’Neal is ready to hit the field and hopefully better the numbers that he put up last week.
Congratulations to Micah and Keep Wrapping Up!! GO REBELS!!
The Fannin Rebels came in to Friday’s game against the Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian hyped up and ready to face the challenge. The Spartans are known as a powerhouse team that is both state and nationally ranked. These Spartans (6-0 in Region) generally put out several Division 1 athletes each year. None of this mattered to the Rebels as it was just another team on the schedule.
The Rebels held nothing back as they took the field for the last regular season game in the 2018 season. The Spartans took a 37-14 victory in the end to set the record for Fannin at 4-6 overall and 3-3 in 7-AAA. 1st year Head Coach Chad Cheatham has his guys battle every game this year and it was different in this one. Defensively the Rebels played well against the high powered Spartans. G.A.C. scored 14 in the 1st quarter, 16 in the 2nd and 7 in the third in the victory. Leading the stats for the Rebel defense were Tate Heaton with 6 solo tackles, 3 assist and 5 pass break ups, Rhodes had 7 tackles, 3 assist and 1 tackle for loss, Micah O’Neal had 9 tackles and 3 assist. Other Rebels had a multiple tackle night as well.
Luke Holloway and his offense struggled to work the ball up and down the field against a powerful Spartan defense. The Rebels still had a good night with Holloway putting up a 89 percent completion rate going 5 of 12 for 93 yards through the air. Jalen Ingram led receivers with 3 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, Rushing on the night had the Rebels total 95 yards on the ground. Holloway carried the ball 5 times for 20 yards. Leading all ball carriers was Tim Garland. Garland had 11 touches for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Rebels had 2 fourth quarter touchdowns in the 37-14 defeat at the hands of the Spartans.
With the 2018 regular season officially over, the Rebels turn their focus the AAA state Playoffs. Making the AAA playoffs for the first time in school history, Coach Cheatham and his Rebels face the #1 seed Calhoun Yellow Jackets. Fannin will travel to Calhoun this Friday for a 7:30 kick off at the home of the Yellow Jackets. GO REBELS!!
The Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week for Week 7 is Luke Holloway. In the Loss to North Hall, Luke Holloway was 7 of 17 through the air for 123 yards and 1 touchdown. #12 also carried the ball for 11 times for 41 yards. His 164 yards in the game accounted for over half of the 217 total in the game.
Luke Holloway is just a Sophomore and has been the field general for the Rebels this year. His composure as quarterback has played a major part in helping the Fannin Rebels reach the playoffs for the first time in Class AAA.
Keep up the great work Luke and Team FYN Sports can’t to watch you continue to mature as a player and a young man!
The Player of the Week for 10-29-2018 is Sarah Sosebee. Wearing number 86, Sosebee has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the crucial extra points after a Rebel touchdown. In this past Friday night’s history making victory over the Indians of Lumpkin County, Sarah Sosebee was a perfect 5 for 5 in the game. These 5 points didn’t come into play Friday’s game but could’ve proved necessary in a closer score.
Sosebee being a former soccer player has the intensity needed and yet is able to hold her nerves in check when she steps on to the football field.
Congratulations to Sarah Sosebee for being chosen the Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week for October 26, 2018.
History was made last Friday night as the Rebels of Fannin Co. traveled across the mountain to battle the Indians of Lumpkin Co. With both teams looking to walk away with a victory and earn a berth into the GHSA State Football Playoffs for 2018 the energy in the stadium was electric.
The hiring of Chad Cheatham, an alumnus of FCHS, brought a new energy to the football program and in his first season as the new skipper he brought the results hoped for. The Rebels are making their first playoff appearance for AAA-Region 7 in school history. It took a total team effort throughout the 2018 season but without the big win over the Indians 2018 would’ve been just another year. The 35-14 victory put this team in the record books for ever.
The famous saying that”Defense wins football games” held true in Dahlonega. The performance by the Fannin defense kept a very good Indians offense fro putting the ball across the goal line until the second half. Lumpkin hit pay dirt in the 3rd with 7 points and again in the 4th with their second and last touchdown of the game. There were multiple white jerseys swarming to the ball carrier all night and keeping the running attack of the Indians at bay. The home team carried the ball 31 times for 195 yards and passed for a small 22 yards. (Complete defensive stats were not available at time of article).
The Rebels crossed the goal line 5 times in the historic win over the Indians. Quarterback Luke Holloway had 2 touchdowns, Will Mosley with 2 TD’s and Tim Garland had 1 TD. Adding crucial extra points for the Rebels, Sarah Sosebee was a perfect 5 for 5 on the night. The front line for Fannin isn’t your typical big front as other teams but these guys put their heart and soul into completing the blocking assignments and give the backfield the protection and room they need for a successful play from scrimmage. The Rebel ball handlers had 250 yards rushing and Holloway added 139 yards through the air in the 35-14 victory. Treylyn Owensby led the rushing attack with 116 yards followed closely by Luke Holloway with 83 yards(2 TD). Will Mosley scampered for 39 yards, 2 touchdowns and Tim Garland had 12 yards and a touchdown. Evan was the name of the night in catching the Holloway passes. Senoir Evan Catron had 47 yards and Senior Evan Taylor had 44 yards to lead the receiving corps. Cohutta Hyde(23), Will Mosley(12), and Jalen Ingram(13) also with catches brought total receiving yards to 139 for the Rebels.
This huge wins puts the Fannin Rebels in at the 4 seed of the 7-AAA playoffs but the season isn’t over yet. With the final game of the regular season being Friday night the Rebels will travel south to cleat up against Greater Atlanta Christian. Congratulations to Coach Chad Cheatham and the Fannin Rebels on their berth to the 2018 playoffs!!!
The Junior Varsity squads for the Union Panthers and the Fannin Rebels battled it out on the football field last Thursday at Fannin High School Stadium. As the sub-varsity schedule starts winding down these two teams came ready to play and do their best to earn a hard fought victory.
The captains come to the center of the field for the coin toss in which the Panthers won and chose to receive the football to start the second half. The Rebels took the ball to start the game. Both of the defenses started strong and kept the game scoreless late in the first quarter. With 3 minutes and 58 seconds in quarter the Rebels pushed a score across the goal line making the score 7-0. The Rebels forced a turnover and on the ensuing possession added 7 more with 3:13 on the clock. The start of the 2nd quarter saw the momentum change to the Panther side of the ball. The Union offense started firing on all cylinders to put up 14 points of their own. Back deep for the panthers was #7 who took a Rebel kick off 80 yards for a panthers score. As a receiver he also had an 88 yard catch and run for another 7 to bring the score at 14 a piece to end the first half of play.
With the choice by the Panthers to receive the ball in the second half the Rebels placed the ball on the tee. Catching everyone off guard, Fannin executed a perfect on side kick and recovered to take possession at the Panthers 48 yard line. The Panthers defense brought the Rebel drive to a quick halt and took over on downs switching the energy back to their side once again. The Rebels coaching staff took an opportunity to get the 8th grade squad in the game for some very valuable experience. These younger players played hard and competed to the level of the game. The Panthers were able to put up 2 touchdowns in the third quarter bringing the score to 28-14 over the Rebels. The game would end with that score in favor of the Panthers Junior Varsity. The Panthers had over 350 total yards to the Rebels 273 yards. Each team had several penalties called against them but played very well in an exciting game. Can’t wait to see these young athletes play at the varsity level for Union and Fannin in the coming years.
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