Player of the Week: #15 Chandler Kendall

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TeamFYNSports Reporter’s Player of the Week goes to #15 Chandler Kendall! Kendall is a senior at Fannin County High School. Kendall plays both offense (Wide Receiver) and defense (Defensive Back) for the Fannin Rebels. Kendall played a great game last Friday night against the East Hall Vikings. Offensively, Kendall had one 49-yard touchdown. Defensively, Kendall made 6 tackles total, 1 interception, and broke up a pass attempt. TeamFYNSports looks forward to seeing all that Kendall is capable of as the season continues.

Rebels Beat the Vikings in the 2nd Regional Home Game

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Fannin County High School Rebels took on the East Hall High School Vikings for the second regional home game of the season. The Rebels beat the Vikings 59-36.

After the coin toss, Rebels’ 32 Treylyn Owensby returned the ball to their own 37-yard line. 12 Luke Holloway had a 13-yard connection to 35 Will Mosley and the Rebels found themselves at midfield. Owensby with an 18-yard carry put the Rebels in Vikings territory. Holloway connected to 88 Jalen Ingram for a touchdown. Sarah Sosebee with the extra point put 7 on the scoreboard for the Rebels.

Vikings received the kickoff but was only able to return it to their own 33-yard line. Vikings go three and out and were forced to punt, and Rebels’ 15 Chandler Kendall made about a 40-yard punt return giving the Rebels great field position in Viking territory.

Rebels took over at Vikings 41-yard line. Owensby with three carries for 21-yards and Mosley with 5-yards put the Rebels in the Vikings red zone at the 15-yard line. Mosley with the carry for a 15-yard touchdown and with Sosebee’s extra point the Rebels scored 14-0 with 5:42 left in the 1st quarter.

Rebels’ 38 Alex White attempted an onside kick, but the Vikings recovered it at their own 49-yard line. Vikings made quick work of moving into Rebel territory and found themselves 2nd and 10 at the Rebels 13-yard line. The Vikings got the touchdown in the next play and attempted the extra point, but it was no good, 14-6 Rebels.

Rebels’ Kendall with the 20-yard kickoff return up the middle put them on their own 38-yard line with 3:57 left in the 1st quarter. On the next play, Owensby was tripped, and he fumbled the ball.

Vikings recovered the ball on the 43-yard line. Vikings gained 13-yards putting them at the Rebels 44-yard line. The Vikings connected a long pass and found themselves in the Rebels red zone on the 14-yard line. With the end zone in sight, the Vikings attempted a pass for a touchdown, but Kendall intercepted the ball and a 6-yard return. Rebels took over at their own 20-yard line. Owensby with the carry for 13-yards before the buzzer sounded for the end of the 1st quarter.

At the start of the 2nd quarter, Rebels were in possession on the 33-yard line. Mosley with an 18-yard gain put the Rebels on the Vikings 49-yard line. Holloway handed off to Owensby for a 59-yard touchdown. Sosebee completed her third extra point for the night, 21-6 Rebels.

Vikings answered the Rebels touchdown with a 30-yard kickoff return. Vikings offense moved downfield 43-yards and found themselves on Rebels 20-yard line. From there, the Vikings would find themselves in the end zone for a touchdown. The Vikings executed the 2-point conversion making the score 21-14 Rebels.

Rebels’ Mosley with the 19-yard kickoff return put the Rebels on the 49-yard line. Rebels quickly crossed the 50 and found themselves at Vikings 42-yard line. Rebels pushed forward another 6-yards to the 36-yard line. On the next play, Mosley fumbled on the carry and the Vikings recovered the ball.

Vikings took over at their own 11-yard line. Mosley sacked the quarterback for a loss of 9-yards. Vikings made it to the 19-yard line before the Rebels defense forced them to punt. The Rebels had great field position at Vikings 42-yard line.

Owensby rushed for another 12-yards to Vikings 30-yard line. The false start on the Vikings would give the Rebels another 5-yards. The Rebels gained another 7-yards and in the very next play, Holloway connected with Owensby for a 17-yard touchdown. Sosebee with the extra point lit up the scoreboard 28-14 with 2:29 left in the first half.

Vikings received the kickoff and returned to their own 27-yard line. On the third down, the Vikings broke away for a 26-yard gain and found themselves at the Rebels 47-yard line. A Vikings pass completion now had them in the Rebels red zone at the 15-yard line. After a short gain, the Vikings gained another 13-yards for a touchdown and the extra point, pulling up the score 28-21 Rebels.

Kendall with a 30-yard return on the kick with 14.6 seconds left on the clock. The next play, Holloway connected with Ingram for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Sosebee with the extra point made it 35-21 Rebels.

With 6.1 seconds left on the clock, Rebels recovered on an onside kick. In the very next play, Holloway immediately connected to Kendall for another touchdown. Sosebee’s extra point would send the Rebels into the locker room at halftime up 42-21.

Vikings started second half in midfield knowing they needed to make something happen to get back into the game. That’s exactly what they did in the next two plays as the Vikings found themselves in Rebels red zone on the 5-yard line. One the very next play, the Vikings scored a touchdown, along with the extra point, coming up 42-28 Rebels.

Owensby had a 12-yard kickoff return. Rebels were able to move the ball to their own 45-yard line. A flag on the Vikings moved the ball 5 more yards for the Rebels. A 30-yard gain by Mosley put the Rebels on the Vikings 20-yard line. After a short gain, the Rebels fumbled, and the Vikings recovered the ball.

The Vikings were now in the back deep on their own 2-yard line having to run the play out of their own end zone. Rebels defense pushed them back and made it 2nd and 11 from the 1-yard line. On the 4th down, the Vikings attempted to pass out of their own end zone, but 52 Micah O’Neal made the interception.

Rebels offense found themselves on the Vikings 8-yard line. On the next play, Owensby picked up 6 yards. Mosley tacked on another yard and Owensby finished it off with the 1-yard touchdown rush. The extra point would make Sosebee 7 for 7 on the night, 49-28 Rebels.

Vikings would start on their own 17-yard line. On the very next play, Rebels’ 47 Tate Heaton snagged an interception. Rebels offense would start on the Vikings the 37-yard line. Owensby with a 35-yard gain put the Rebels on the 2-yard line. Mosley finished the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown. Sosebee went 8 for 8 with the extra point and the Rebels added another 7 on the board, 56-28 with 1:46 left in the 3rd quarter.

White with a deep kick into the Vikings end zone would bring the ball out to the 20-yard line. On the very next play, 41 Matthew Postell would come up with another interception.

Rebels offense took over on the Vikings 19-yard line. Rebels would not be able to pick up another first down. So, on the 4th down, Rebels opted for a field goal and White’s kick from 33-yards out was good adding three more to the scoreboard extending the Rebels lead 59-28.

Vikings would start on the 39-yard line with 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Vikings quarterback would put it in the air one more time only to have it intercepted by Mosley. Rebels took over at 37-yard line before the sound of the buzzer.

At the start of the 4th quarter, Vikings defense attempted to stop the Rebels from moving the ball. Postell picked up 2-yards for the Rebels. Holloway connected to 48 Logan Dewitt for a 9-yard gain. A false start on the Rebels moved them back 5-yards bringing up 4th down. The Rebels were unsuccessful on a fourth down attempt, turning the ball over to the Vikings.

Vikings took over at their own 41-yard line with 9:10 left in the game. Over the next couple of plays, the Vikings gained 30-yards and found themselves on Rebels 29-yard line. In the very next play, Vikings quarterback completed a 29-yard pass for a touchdown. The Vikings were successful with a two-point conversion changing the scoreboard 59-36 Rebels.

With 3:40 left to play in the game, the Vikings attempted an onside kick which Kendall recovered. Rebels started on their own 46-yard line and was content with running down the clock.

Rebels defeated the Vikings 59-36 in their second home 3A-Region 7 game. Rebels offense kept the ball moving as Rebel fans saw touchdowns from Treylyn Owensby (3), Jalen Ingram (2), Will Mosley (2), and Chandler Kendall (1) along with a 33-yard field goal by Alex White would give the Rebels a victory of 59-36 over the Vikings. The Rebels defensive pressure on the Vikings quarterback caused several interceptions. The Rebels punt return and kickoff return always had the Rebels in good field position, which they capitalized on all night long.

Rebels travel next week to take on North Hall High School at 7:30pm. North Hall is coming off a bye week and is 1 and 1 in the region, winning 61-6 over Cherokee Bluff and losing 21-0 to Greater Atlanta Christian. Come out and support the Rebels as they play their 3rd regional game.

Player of the Week: #32 Treylyn Owensby

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FetchYourNews Sports Reporter’s Player of the Week goes to Junior #32 Treylyn Owensby! Owensby had a magnificent game Friday night against the Chestatee War Eagles. Owensby played great defense and offense against the War Eagles. Offensively, Owensby gained give or take 200-yards (official stats not available at time of article). Owensby has brought an aggressive component to Rebels offense each game since the season began. Defensively, Owensby played well as he made several tackles and had assisted tackles throughout the game. Fetch Your News can’t wait to see what else Owensby brings to the rest of the season! Way to go, Owensby!

 

TeamFYNSports Player of the Week- Mason Rhodes

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Fannin County Rebels number 55, Mason Rhodes, brought a great game of defense Friday night against Gilmer County’s Bobcats. Rhodes, along with the rest of the Rebels defense, shut down any chance of Bobcats scoring leaving the final score of the game 28-0. Rhodes seemed to have brought a strong mental toughness and ‘hit ‘em and hit ‘em hard’ attitude as Rhodes had 10 tackles, 4 assists and 1 tackle for loss—a total of 14 tackles. Rhodes set the tone for defense and kept the Bobcats from scoring the entire game. We hope to see more defense in like this in Rebels future.

Rebels get a Season Opening win against Bobcats 28-0

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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.

With 3:08 left in the game, Rebels’ Jalen Ingram, scored a touchdown. After kicking her third extra point of the night the night, Sosebee gave the Rebels 21.

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!

Warriors Slay the Dragons

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This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.

It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.

The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.

With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.

Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.

The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.

Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.

The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!

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Wright Way: Rebels unable to contain Union qb in 37-14 loss

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In the afternoon prior to Fannin County’s game against the Union County Panthers last Friday, the sun was shining if you looked to the northern end of the field you could see Old Glory gently waving behind a comfortable breeze. Fast-forward 45 minutes and winter had come, with fans bundled up so tight in their cold-weather gear it looked like a bunch of white-walkers from the tv series Game of Thrones were entering the stands.

It was cold.

You know what else was cold? Cole Wright, senior quarterback for the Union Panthers and college-commit for West Point.  Ice cold.

The Fannin Rebels’ defense had no answer for Wright, as he picked the secondary apart with precision-passing and took advantage of soft coverage when it presented itself, by eating up yardage with his feet.

Union senior qb Cole Wright gets a pass away as the Rebels defense closes in. Photo by Jason Banks/TeamFYNSports.

Friday night’s game was the first game since the opening minute-and-a-half against Greater Atlanta Christian where we actually saw him play at 100% health. A serious foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of that loss, then restricted him in losses against Dawson, East Hall and North Hall.

The Rebels found themselves down 10-0 early, as their offense struggled to run the football and by the time senior quarterback Chandler Smith was given an opportunity to pass, the Union defense was ready for it and covered up his receivers. The Fannin coaches began rotating running backs to maximize use of their depth, and senior defensive back Jonah Henry was the first Rebel to carry the ball to paydirt for Fannin. The PAT by Sarah Sosebee was good (as always), and Fannin trailed 10-7.

It took Cole Wright less than 2-minutes to march back down the field and he carried the ball across the goal line himself for the next touchdown, Union regaining their 10-point lead, 17-7.

The Fannin Rebels defense matches up with the Union offensive line in Friday night’s region game in Blairsville. Photo by Jason Banks/TeamFYNSports

Determined to run the football, Fannin employed a strategy we had not seen all season from the Rebels, putting two running backs in the backfield. Senior tailback Cody Jacobs took a couple of direct snaps and cut between the tackles, stunning the Panthers. Henry lined up in the tailback position and ran the ball as well. However, on a 4th-and-2 play in their own territory and only 3:44 remaining in the half, the defense keyed on the backs and tackled Jacobs behind the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs.

Another two minutes passed, and another touchdown pass by Cole Wright put the Panthers up 24-7 with 1:22 remaining in the half. Unable to get down field with such a short period of time, Fannin would take the locker room trailing by 17.

The third quarter was a defensive battle, neither team willing to give ground to their opponents. On the first play of the 4th quarter, however, Wright hit Hemphill (#4) with a 60-yard pass to put the Panthers up 31-7.

The Rebels continued to play hard, despite trailing by 24 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game, and eventually their hard work paid off with another touchdown for Fannin.

It appeared as though the final score would be 31-14, but with 38 seconds remaining senior Cole Dockery of the Union Panthers took the ball 62-yards for the final blow, resulting in the 37-14 final.

FCHS kicker Sarah Sosebee smiles after kicking another perfect PAT. Sosebee has may 100% of her kicks this season. Photo by Jason Banks/TeamFYNSports.

Union County travels to take on the Lumpkin Indians this week, while Fannin County prepares for senior night as they host East Hall. East Hall suffered a shocking loss last week against North Hall, dropping them to fourth in Region 7 (AAA).

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Stats were not yet available for this game.

 

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TeamFYNSports Sportswriter Player of the Week: Jonah Henry

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This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sportswriter Player of the Week for Fannin County is #36 Jonah Henry.  Henry recorded  6 tackles in the Rebels’ Homecoming game against Lumpkin.  He assisted on 4 additional tackles, he had one tackle for a loss and he had one pass broken up.  Henry has been a consistent part of the defensive secondary this season, as well as an asset on special teams and occasionally from the tailback position when the offensive personnel needed a break.  The Rebels travel to Union County this week for the Panthers’ senior night, kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm.

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