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!!!