The Fannin County High School Rebels soccer program ended the 2016 season with the boys in blue clinching their first-ever state playoff berth.
“I am very proud of this entire team, and especially the seniors,” said Fannin Rebels head coach Bubba Gibbs. “Several of them have lettered in multiple sports and achieving a state playoff position is a tremendous accomplishment. I believe the work ethic required to get here will follow them throughout their lifetimes.”
The state-berth clinching win came against the Banks County Leopards Monday, after the Rebels trumped the Leopards 7-0. Gavin Mervine punched in three Fannin goals, while Brandon Carranza added two and Santos Arellano and Taylor Cheek recorded one goal each.
Following a region match against Lumpkin County March 29, Fannin resumed play after spring break with five matches in six days to conclude the year.
Against Lumpkin, Adam Ingram scored the lone goal in the 1-0 Rebels victory, halfway through the first half.
Non-region action started off the post-spring break slate, as Fannin welcomed Gilmer April 12 for the third match of the year between the two 515 rivals. The Rebels benefited from first half goals from Ingram, Cheek and Carranza. Gilmer finally replied with a goal early in the second half, before Carranza and Max Senoff widened the Fannin lead to the eventual 5-1 outcome.
Senior night followed April 15, in another non-region match against Pickens. Cheek scored two goals in the first half, with Carranza adding one to the tally to give Fannin a 3-0 halftime lead. Pickens then responded goal-for-goal in the second half and Fannin was unable to reply, leaving the match in a 3-3 tie.
The Rebels now boast an 8-6-3 (3-3 in region play) record. They have clinched the number four seed in Region 7-AAA. Fannin will play the winner of the 6-AAA championship match between Sonoraville and Calhoun, at the winning team’s home field April 28.
JV Rebels finish season 5-4-1
Two matches last week helped the JV Rebels wrap up their season on a high note.
Fannin welcomed Murray County April 13. Dahla Myers and Jordan Newman scored two first half goals, but the Indians matched the Rebels goal-for-goal to send the game into a 2-2 tie. Neither side failed to break the stalemate in the second half, ended the match in a deadlock.
The next day, the JV Rebels finished the year at Union. Mervine scored two goals, while Myers, Chandler Bonn and Cohutta Hyde added one goal each to put Fannin over the Panthers 5-1.
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