The 2015 Lady Rebels Softball banquet was held at the First Baptist Church Youth Community Building in Blue Ridge, GA. Fannin alumni and now University of North Georgia Nighthawks Softball members Alexis Collis and Candace German were in attendance with their 2015 Division II NCAA Softball National Championship Trophy. Coaches, family and friends were all in attendance as Coach Dyer and Coach Armstrong handed out the awards from the past season.
The 2015 Lady Rebel season has come and gone, but not before a great season. Coach Dyer started off the banquet awards with Asst. Director of Enrollment Services at the UNG Blue Ridge Campus, Lori Bramlett. Mrs. Bramlett recognized Alexis and Candace for there role in winning the 2015 NCAA National Championship. The two girls talked about getting ready for the night, keeping God first and surviving college life.
Coach Armstrong and Coach Dyer started off the 2015 Lady Rebels banquet by presenting awards to the JV Lady Rebels and finished with the varsity Lady Rebels and a special presentation to the eight seniors that will be leaving this year. Incase you missed the banquet, go here to watch it.
JV Rebel Award – Freshman Hannah Dickey
Coaches Award JV squad – Sophomore Brooklyn Bearden
7-AAA All-Region 1st Team – Ashley Rhodes and Allie Barfield
7-AAA All-Region 2nd Team – Kiersten Seagle and Haylee Bearden
The 2015 Scholar Athelete Award presented by Principal Eric Cioffi
Senior – Lacey Walden
Participation Awards – Sophomore Morgan Contardi and Freshman Amelia Sneed
First Year Letters
Freshman – Macy Galloway
Freshman – Aubree Pack
Freshman – Hannah Dickey
Freshman – Kyla Seabolt
Second Year Letters
Senior – Destiny Traylor
Sophomore – Brooklyn Bearden
Senior – Kakyra DeGrie
Third Year Letters
Senior – Lacy Walden
Senior – Haylee Bearden
Junior – Kaitlin Dickey
Senior – Whitney Campbell
Senior – Ashley Rhodes
Fourth Year Letters
Senior – Kiersten Seagle
Senior – Allie Barfield
Pitcher Award – Whitney Campbell
Most Improved– Ashley Rhodes
Defensive Award– Kiersten Seagle
Offensive Award– Allie Barfield
Lady Rebel award– Lacey Walden
Coach Dyer presented the Seniors with a plaque for there wall. He talked about how each of the eight senior ladies impacted both the team and him personally over the last four years.
Heather Collis was also recognized for all the years of hard work and dedication she has put into the program. She was presented a gift certificate for an evening out. Coach Dyer thanked her and the entire Softball Booster Club for the thankless and tireless job they have done throughout his five years at Fannin. He also said that of all his years coaching that this was the most active and hardest working Booster Club he has had the pleasure of working with.
Now that the regular season has come and gone, post-season GHSA changes start. The 2016-17 football scene could change for several teams. The realignment comes after a vote to make a new region “Super 44” which puts the top schools with 2,000+ kids in one super region. Now this changes everything from 6A to 1A. For every team that moves up or down another team has to do the same. Schools like Buford whom have more than 3% of there kids outside the county are forced to move up with the new rules. Fannin and Banks Counties are looking like they will move down to AA, while East Hall, Lumpkin, Franklin and West Hall are moving to AAAA. Dawson County will remain the only 7-AAA team if all this plays out like suggested. It is unclear just yet as to what region Fannin will move to, but when we find out after the GHSA makes the changes later this year TeamFYNSports will keep you updated.
Here is a look at what things could look like next football season. Click Here
The Fannin Rebels (2-3,4-5) travelled to Gainesville, GA. last Friday night to square off against the East Hall Vikings (4-1,5-4) in region play. The Rebels came into the game with a 2-2 record and East Hall at 3-1. Both team have explosive offenses and it showed in the first half of play, scoring 48 points and 572 yards total offense between the two teams. The second half was a bit slower paced, but at the end, the Vikings pulled it out, 50-36.
East Hall won the toss and was able to score quick on a deep pass to go up, 7-0 less than a minute into the game. Fannin responded the next drive scoring a touchdown. The Vikings and the Rebels would continue the first quarter swapping licks and points. With the score 14-7 East Hall and 2:36 left in the first quarter B.Davis found C.Earls on a 57 yard touchdown pass to tie things up at, 14-14 to end the first.
The second quarter was much like the first, a lot of offense and not much defense. The Rebels managed to score first and was successful on a two-point conversion after D.Archie found the end zone from 7 yards out bring the score to, 22-14. The very next drive East Hall duplicated Fannin to tie it up at, 22 a piece. J.Reece caught a 24 yard pass for a touchdown and increased Fannins lead, but the Vikings with 43.6 seconds left in the first half found away to get points and after two quarter and 572 yards and 48 points later things were tied at, 29-29.
The second half of play was a lot different than the first for Fannin. The defense was able to hold the Vikings better, but the offense was unable to protect Davis and make the holes needed for backs. Unable to move the ball or score like the first half, the Rebels defense seen more action and was wore down by the Vikings. Giving up 21 unanswered points, the Vikings controlled the third and fourth quarters. Although J.Roper found the end zone to start things off on a 3-yard run, that would be it for the Rebel’s offense. The Viking ran and threw their way to a victory over the Rebels, 50-36.
Next up for Fannin is Senior Night at Rebels Stadium this Friday at 7:30 pm. They will face a Franklin Lion team that has had success this year and looking to finish in the top three in the region. Fannin in a 3-way tie for fourth place. Now, with that said, the Rebels are in a very tricky situation in 7-AAA. Fannin, West Hall and Banks all sit at 2-3 and tied for fourth place, but both West Hall and Banks have wins over the Reb’s. Now, with this week’s games, all this could change depending on who wins and who losses. The way i see this is, if Fannin beats Franklin and Banks and West Hall lose, Fannin could see a playoff spot, but if the latter happens this could be the last game for the Rebels.
Fannin QB Brad Davis eclipsed 2,000 yards passing this year, 16 touchdowns and averages 241.9 yards per game. Davis was lights out in the first half of play, but the offensive line seemed to be tired and lacking in the second half. The Vikings pass rush was to much for a tired Rebel line and didn’t allow Davis time to set-up the passing game while they stifled the run game in the second half. Davis was 17-25 for 216 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT and rushed for 11 yards.
This week I am going to showcase a couple seniors, as this is senior week at Fannin High School. These seniors have seen both wins and losses on the Rebels team and are some of the most talented on the Rebels football roster. This is just a few as this Rebels team is full of talented players, freshman to varsity, they will have many years of talent to pick from.
Since the injury in week two to senior defensive back Jerod Petty, the rebels looked elsewhere for leadership on the field. Well, they found it in Senior Jack Roper. Roper has had as good a season as any high school player or coach could ask for. Averaging 7.3 tackles per game, Jack has 49 solo tackles, 66 total with assists and that’s just on the defense. On offense he has been a huge playmaker as well. He has 12 touchdowns on 80 carries and averages 6.1 yards per carry with 485 total yards. He has one 100+ yard game this season. He is a hard hitter on defense and runs the hard yards when Coach Pavao needs him. Roper, like Dakota Archie, runs through the defenders and makes them pay every time they try and tackle him. If there was anyone who has stepped up this year and filled the gap and void of the Petty loss it would be Jack Roper.
Dakota Archie is also another player whom i would say has taken up the leadership role and helped build this Fannin team this year. In the three games he has started in the backfield this year, he has 84 carries and 387 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. All three games have been 100+ yard games and has found the end zone three times. He has 10 catches for 78 yards on the season. Defensively he has also impacted the team, 29 solo tackles, 55 total including assists, averaging 6.1 tackles per game and 2 interceptions.
Daniel Kinser, Dylan Usry and Jean Zamora are a huge part of the Rebels defensive line. Although I don’t have many stats on these seniors, these men will be hard to replace on next years roster. Without them the Rebels would be in a much different place in this tough region.
Christian Resendiz, Adam Ingram, Dylan Frank, Tyler Jones, Hunter Neal, Dominik Leben and Jerod Petty are the sole remaining seniors on this years Rebels team. These young men make up what Rebel Pride and Rebel Football is all about. Both on the field and off, these men led the way for a young team and helped define what winning and being a Rebel is all about. They have paved the way for a new era in Rebel Football and along with Coach Pavao and staff have given us fans something to be proud of.
The Fannin Rebels (2-2,4-4) hosted the West Hall Spartans (1-3,3-5) in what ended up being a fight to the finish. With .46 seconds left in the game Fannin was up 27-24 and with the game all but won, West Hall kicker #22 Cesar Villa kicks a 49 yd. field goal to tie things up and force overtime. The Spartans found the end zone in double overtime to get their first region win, 40-37.
Fannin came out strong as they usually do. Jack Roper was the first to find then end zone at 4:06 in the first quarter. It was a 30 yard run off the left-side. West Hall answered a few short plays later with a 64 yard touchdown to tie things up at, 7-7 to end the first quarter.
The Rebels were able to score some points in the second quarter, but West Hall’s defense was able to contain. Fannin found the uprights with a 20 yards field goal, 13-14 at 10:23 in the second. The Spartans had a huge return of 74 yards setting them up with a short yardage touchdown, bringing the total to, 14-10 and then again with a 62 yard touchdown pass. at the end of the half West Hall was leading, 21-13.
Dakota Archie was first to strike in the third quarter from 13 yards out, closing the Spartans lead to one, 20-21. West Hall was not able to score in the third which is typically the Rebels worst quarter, but was able to hit a field goal increasing the lead, 24-21.
Again, Archie was a huge factor in Fannin’s run game. After driving the ball 80 yards Brad Davis was able to get in from 1 yard out on a keeper to the left-side with 9:20 left in the game. West Hall could not find the end zone against a tough and relentless Fannin defense. As time ran down it seemed as Fannin was righting a wrong after last years loss at West Hall. With 43.1 seconds left in the game, Spartans kicker Cesar Villa nails a 49 yard field goal to tie things up at, 27-27 forcing overtime.
West Hall had first strike at the end zone and quickly found it. #10 Darius Coleman ran a 20 yd. sprint to the right side finding the end zone. Fannin then had a chance to tie things up with a fresh set of downs. #3 Dakota Archie got the call and he answered. After a few short gains Archie was able to drag the entire Spartans team 5 yds into the end zone. Now with things tied, 34-34 they went into double overtime.
Fannin was first to get the ball and was stopped after a few short gains, but B. Caranza was able to get a field goal from about 20 yds. out. This gave the Spartans some breathing room. West Hall ran the same play to the right-side easily finding the end zone and getting the win in double overtime, 40-37.
Fannin will travel to Hall County to face-off against tough region opponent East Hall at 7:30 pm next week.
Players of Week
Off – Hunter Davis
Def – Jack Roper
Spec Teams – Andrew Pavao
The Rebels coming off a region win at Lumpkin looked like a championship team Friday night. The team had an all new swag about themselves, a focus unlike any I or any Rebel fan has saw in previous years. This team believes. Coach Pavao and his staff have prepared this years team to compete in an ever changing Region 7-AAA. Last year’s undefeated West Hall sits near the bottom and Dawson sits up top. As it stands Dawson and Franklin still sit on top tied for first place with a 3-1 record. Fannin, Banks and East Hall, 2-1 are tied for 2-3 place and West Hall and Lumpkin round out the region. Next up for Fannin is a home game against a struggling West Hall Spartans (0-3,2-5). The Rebels look to rewrite history after last years shutout in Oakwood, GA.
The key to Fannin’s wins seems to be the leadership of the seniors and the underclassmen believing and buying into the season. Nobody wants to be the “ONE” its a team effort and they all know that. Sr. Dakota Archie is one of those seniors that can and has made a difference. He commands respect by leadership and hard work. Jerrod Petty whom was injured at the Murray game is still on the sidelines and in the locker room getting the team pumped and focused. The leadership does not stop at the seniors, they’re several juniors that have made a difference. Earls, Cornillaud, Sauls and Ware just to name a few. Truth be told this team has a ton of leadership on all levels. This past Friday was a true testament to just that.
Dawson was a perfect 3-0 coming into the game and the clear favorite to win. I don’t have the Tigers stats, but I can say this I am pretty sure the Tigers didn’t reach their 365 all-purpose yard average. Fannin came out quick scoring 24 first half points, holding the Tigers to no points, a position Dawson was unfamiliar with. Clay Ware got six of those points on a pick six for a 50+ yard return. The Rebel’s are a strong first half team, but historically this season give up their wins in the second half. Not this week. Dawson was able to find the end zone on the opening kick-off of the second half, but could not get enough momentum in the remainder of the game. QB Coey Watson (Avg. 212 YPG) has been a huge part of the Tigers offense and Fannin did a great job of pressuring him and not giving him the chance to hit the secondary in both passing and running. Senior Tigers Hunter Mitchell (Avg. 98.8 YPG) and Tucker Maxwell (Avg. 73.6 YPG) were held all night. The Rebel’s defense with starter Jerrod Petty out for the season has made the adjustments and look like a true contender this season. I talked with Coach Pavao and he told me when asked about this season “This group of young men hold their own destiny”.
Offensive Player of the Game- Dakota Archie
Defensive Player of the Game- Clay Ware
Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week- Kennan Putnum
Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week- Jordan Newman
Special Teams Player of the Week- Dominik Leben
The Fannin Rebel’s Jr. CB #24 Clay Ware is this week’s top performer. Although it was a tough decision this week Ware’s 6-tckls, 1-asst, 2-INT one of which was a touchdown and 2 pass break-ups. His performance on the field was a testament to this years Rebel team.
Congratulations on a great performance from all of us at Fetchyournews.
The Dawson County Tigers(3-0,4-2) travel to Blue Ridge, GA. to face off against a Fannin Rebels(1-1,3-3) team much different than last year. The Rebel’s coming off last week’s win at Lumpkin, 41-35 showed they are a team of contention. Last year the Rebel’s defeated the Tigers in Dawsonville, 35-28. Dawson is undefeated in region play after taking down the Franklin Lions last Friday in a late fourth quarter push, 54-40. Fannin is looking to improve to 2-1 and unseat the number one Tigers and the Tigers are trying to stay undefeated and at the top spot in the region. The Tiger’s look to get revenge for last years late fourth quarter interception that gave Fannin the win. The Rebels are lead by junior QB Brad Davis. Davis went 18-23, 446 yds and 4 tds last week at Lumpkin. Davis has a ton of weapons at his disposal this year. No Stats available for Dawson at this time. For a complete preview Click Here
The Franklin Lions(2-1,3-3) travel to Oakwood, GA. for a region game against a struggling West Hall Spartans(0-2,2-4). The Spartans are in unfamiliar water and looking for their first region win after going 6-0/9-2 last year, winning the 2014 7-AAA Region Championship. The Lions on the other hand are at the top after going 2-4/4-7 last year. Both teams are coming off losses last week. The Spartans lost to East Hall, 7-24 and Franklin lost to Dawson, 40-54.
The Lumpkin Indians(0-3,2-5) head east to Homer, Ga. to square off against the Banks County Leopards(1-1,4-2). Banks is coming off a bye week after handling the Rebels, 52-28. The Leopards are looking to improve on their 1-1 region record against a struggling Lumpkin Indian team. Banks won their last meeting with Lumpkin, 49-46. This year it seems teams have switched places. Lumpkin finished second last year and are now last place and Banks is a much improved team sitting in fourth place.
7-AAA Stat Leaders
The Fannin Rebels(1-1,3-3) travelled to Dahlonega, GA. for a regional -match-up with the Lumpkin Indians(0-3,2-5) at the Burial Grounds. The Rebels went to the air and amassed 446 yards passing in their, 41-35 victory.
The Indians won the coin toss and deferred to the Rebels, giving them the ball in the second half. Fannin QB Brad Davis came out on fire, quickly driving the ball 80 yards downfield to Lumpkin’s five yard line, but the Indians were able to hold Fannin. B. Caranza hit a 20 yard field goal to make it,3-0. Fannin was able to hold Lumpkin despite Zack Matthews attempts at scoring for the Indians. Davis was able to connect to Jacob Reece for a touchdown to end the first quarter, 10-0.
The second quarter was all Fannin on both sides of the ball. Lumpkin did manage to score, but Davis aired it out connecting on a 35 yard touchdown to Christian Resendiz across the middle bringing the score to, 17-7. Lumpkin managed to score twice in the second quarter. Once on a 30 yard pass and then again on a 87 yard kick-off return. Davis finished out the half throwing two more touchdown passes to Cooper Earls and a B. Caranza field goal increased their lead going into the half, 34-14
The second half seems to be a thorn in the Rebel’s side, giving up 94 second half points versus scoring only 66 points. However, they have only allowed 69 points in the first half of play. Lumpkin was no exception to this flaw. The Rebels had a 20 point lead going into the third quarter and gave up 21 second half points. Almost losing the game. With 7:15 left in the fourth quarter, Jack Roper found the outside and ran for 30+ yard touchdown making the score, 41-28. Lumpkin did move the ball downfield and found the end zone one last time, but with little time left on the clock Davis was able to run it out after taking several knees. At the end Fannin takes their first region win on the road, 41-35.
Next up for the Rebels is the Dawson County Tigers at home. The Tigers(3-0,4-2) are sitting up top of the 7-AAA region after beating the Franklin Lions, 54-40.
Brad Davis – 18-23, 446 yds, 4 td, 2 carries -8 yds
Cody Jacobs – 15 carries for 58 yds
Jack Roper – 7 carries for 46 yds, 1 td
Cooper Earls – 8 catches, 236 yds, 2 td
Adam Ingram – 6 catches, 94 yds
Jacob Reece – 2 catches, 43 yds, 1 td
Dakota Archie – 1 catch, 38 yds
Christian Resendiz – 1 catch, 35 yds, 1 td
Week 5 FYN Player of the Week for the Rebels goes to none other than #17 Cooper Earls. Earls is a Junior wide-receiver with speed and height. QB Brad Davis targeted Earls nine times for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Banks County last week. Earls was the workhorse and go to receiver. He also had 64 return yards for a total of 197 yards on the night.
Congratulations Cooper Earls for being named week 5 FYN Player of the Week.
The Fannin Rebels(0-1,2-3)) were on the road against a tough Banks County Leopards(1-1,4-2) last Friday. Although the weather made a temporary stop for the game, it was cold, windy and the prior rain fall made the field a mess. This was the region opener for Fannin in 7-AAA. Banks County was coming off a 14-7 loss at Franklin County for their opener. The Rebels were not prepared for the Leopards offensive schemes or the speed of the offense. Banks took control after the first half, going on to win, 52-28.
The Rebels kicked off to the Leopards to start the first quarter. Banks returned the ball back to their own 40 yard line. On the Leopards first possession they drove the ball 65+ yards for a touchdown. Fannin answered on their first possession driving the ball 70+ yards and capping it off with a 1 yard rush from Tyler Collis, tying things up at 7-7. The remainder of the first quarter was uneventful to say the least. Both defenses were able to hold on downs and not allowing much yardage, but Banks did manage to get a field goal late in the quarter. At the end of the first, 7-10 Banks.
The second quarter was a defensive quarter, both teams were able to drive the ball downfield, but in the end the defenses came up with big stops. Fannin did however, find the end zone off a seven yard pass from Brad Davis to Chris Cornillaud. This made the score, 14-10. Banks would eventually find the end zone themselves and at the end of the first half Banks lead, 17-14.
The two teams went into the extended halftime with things to work on; missed assignments, penalties and coverage issues. Banks held its homecoming during halftime.
Things did not get any better for the Rebels in the second half. Banks came out strong scoring 21 third quarter points and allowing only seven for Fannin. The Rebels’ Cooper Earls found pay dirt on a 10 yard reception from Davis. At the end of the third quarter the score was, 21-31, Banks. The Leopards made some serious adjustments for the second half.
Fannin was able to slow down the Leopards in the fourth allowing only 14 points, but the damage had been done. Being outscored 21-7 in the third Fannin was playing uphill. Earls, again found the end zone in the fourth. This time on a 48 yard reception from Davis. Earls finished the night with nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Although Fannin did manage to score in all four quarters, Banks found the weakness in the Rebels secondary and took full advantage of it. Fannin, as hard as they played, just could not get their rhythm. Banks went on to win, 52-28.
Does Jerod Petty’s injury show more signs of his loss than what was originally thought? Now I am not saying that he is irreplaceable, but his loss was certainly felt on the field of Banks County by my estimations.
Brad Davis – 22-37, 289yds, 3 TD, 1 INT – 6 Carries for 28 yds
Jack Roper – 12-Carries for 83 yds
Tyler Collis – 10-Carries for 20 yds, 1 TD
Cooper Earls – 9 catches for 133 yds, 2 TD
Chris Cornillaud – 1 catch for 7 yds, 1 TD
Cody Jacobs – 4 catches for 54 yds
Adam Ingram – 4 catches for 42 yds
Jack Roper – 7 Tckls, 3 Asst, 1 Tfl
Dylan Frank – 4 Tckls, 5 Asst
Hunter Neal – 4 Tckls, 2 Asst
Region 7-AAA play got underway this past Friday and by the looks of it, it’s anyone’s to win.
Fannin Rebels(2-2,0-0) had the week off to get prepared for their upcoming region match-up with Banks County(3-2,0-1). Banks is coming off a loss to Franklin County(2-2,1-0) last week, 7-14. Banks was 8-14 passing for 83 yards. 36 carries for 175 yards and 8 catches for 83 yards. Franklin had no data posted.
East Hall(1-4,1-0)travelled to Lumpkin County(2-3,0-1) and made short work of the Indians, winning easily, 48-14. There were no available stats at present.
Dawson County(2-2,1-0) made a trip to defending Region 7-AAA champs, West Hall Spartans(2-3,0-1) and shut them out, 14-0. No available stats recorded
This Week’s Games Friday Oct. 2
Fannin at Banks
Dawson at East Hall
Lumpkin at Franklin
Region 7-AAA Stats as of 9/25/2015
(Some stats are not recorded by various teams)
The Fannin Rebels travelled to Rome, GA to face off against Armuchee Indians last Friday. Fannin won last years match-up decisively and this game was heading in the same direction. Rain and lighting put a damper on things and with just one quarter in the books the Rebels were up, 16-0.
The Fannin-Armuchee game was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm. because of the previous days lighting delay.
The Rebels gladly made this trip back to Rome to finish what was started. After starting the Friday night game with a solid performance from both sides of the ball and scoring two touchdowns and a safety in the first quarter, the Rebels defense held the Indians to just a few yards and never allowed them to cross the 50 yard line. With rain moving in and only 12 minutes of play in the books the referees called the game till further notice. The game was restarted at 9:35 and the players were allowed 15 minutes to warm-up. Seven seconds into the start-up the ref’s called the game again due to continued strikes being detected.
While in the delay I had a chance to talk with some of the referees about how the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) handles weather related games and about time limits. It was told to me that a lighting meter detects near-by strikes and that is why it was delayed. There is a half-hour waiting period from the last strike detected and then the game would resume. Well as some fans, who braved the weather found out Friday, it can be quite await. The GHSA rules also state that for non-regional games the curfew is 11:30 pm. and the referees have to off the field at that time. Junior varsity (JV) games have a 9:00 pm curfew. Now regional varsity games, that is a whole different beast. Those games can and will be played as late or as long as needed. There is no time limit or curfew installed by GHSA rules. GHSA also has the final decision on non-regional games along with both schools cooperation if they are to be reschedule due to referee availability.
Coach Pavao wanted and needed this game to happen. He told the players at the end of Friday night’s called game to clear their schedule on Saturday because they were coming back to finish what they started. Coach Pavao also said he did not want to go into next week’s game against Union 1-1, but 2-1 and with momentum.
The Rebel’s were able to blank Armuchee 44-0 on Saturday afternoon in Rome. FetchYourNews was unable to make the trip back on Saturday, but sources said Fannin was physically stronger, more mentally prepared and hungry for that 2-1 start to the season.
Rebels Jr. QB Brad Davis had another incredible weekend throwing 20-25 for 228 yds, 3 TD, and 3 carries for 22 yds. The Rebel’s running game was strong again with Tyler Collis getting 17 carries for 75 yds and 1 TD, Jack Roper had 4 carries 17 yds, 1 TD and Cody Jacobs – 6 Carries, 18 Yds, 1 TD.
This week there were fewer targeted receiver’s, but 19 total catches. Christian Resendiz – 5 catches, 52 yds and 1 TD, Clay Ware – 1 catch, 1 yd, Jacob Reece – 5 catches, 110 yds and 1 TD and Cooper Earls – 8 catches 70 yds and 1 TD.
This year’s Rebel defense is bigger, stronger and tougher than any I have seen, thus far. The 7-AAA Region has got their hands full this year and if taken lightly, Fannin will run through the Region unscathed. The Armuchee game was a true testament, I believe, for what Coach Pavao and staff did in the off-season and continue to do today. 43 tackles from 18 different players is not a fluke accident. These young men believe in Coach and themselves. Coach Pavao and staff has instilled confidence and a mental toughness in these players they will never forget. I know I see it in my son everyday and every game. This group of kids would play with there necks broke for Coach Pavao and staff and that you just don’t find everyday. I typically don’t post all the stats except the few tops, but this week I am going to recognize all the players.
Tackles: #2 Pavao-5, #3 Archie-5, #4 Leben-1, #9 Galloway-1, #16 Wilson-1, #18 Cornillaud-3, #24 Ware-2, #23 E.Smith-1, #27 Gray-3, #33 Putnam-2, #42 Roper-4, #49 Newman-1, #55 Whitmire-2, #57 Kinser-1, #61 Rhodes-1, #65 Mendosa-2, #69 Zamora-3, and #83 Frank-5.
Assist: #1 Neal-3, #2 Pavao-4, #3 Archie-2, #4 Leben-3, #16 Wilson-2, #26 Westphal-1, #27 Gray-1, #31 Ledford-5, #33 Putnam-1, #42 Roper-1, #55 Whitmire-2, #57 Kinser-1, #65 Mendosa-1, #68 Collins-1, #83 Frank-1.
Tackle for Loss: #42 Roper-2 and 2 sacks
Forced Fumble: #24 Ware-1 and 1 interception
Fumble Recovery: #2 Pavao-1
Players of the Game: #42 Jack Roper – Defense, #2 Andrew Pavao – Special Teams, #48 Jacob Reece – Offense, #37 Matthew Postell – D Scout and #30 Dawson King – O Scout.
Next week we face-off against a tough Union County at Rebels Stadium at 7:30 pm.. The Rebel’s look to right a few wrongs from last year and this is one of them.
Remember to watch Rebel Wrap-Up every Wednesday Night at 7:00 pm on FYNTV at FetchYourNews.com. Each week host BKP talk with coaches and players from your Fannin Rebels.
The Fannin Rebels(1-1) travelled to Chatsworth, GA Friday to face-off against the Murray County Indians(1-1).
The Rebels, coming off a tough loss against the Gilmer Bobcats last week, looked to improve on their 0-1 record. This was the eighth meeting between these two teams, Murray holds the overall record at 5-3.
I will start first with the offense. QB Brad Davis had a nearly perfect game throwing 20-25 for 168 yards and rushing 28 yards on 6 carries. Davis targeted seven different receivers; Cooper Earls-7 catches for 69yds, Adam Ingram-6 catches for 56 yds, Cody Jacobs-3 catches for 23yds, Clay Ware-1 catch for 10yds and Hunter Neal-1 catch for 8yds. Christian Resendiz and Jacob Reece each had one catch apiece. Davis showed a much stronger pocket presence and seems to have matured as a leader and athlete this year.
Jack Roper also put some work in, finishing the night with six carries for 39 yards and one touchdown. Roper, one of the few that play both sides also amassed nine tackles and nine assists. He also got one of the four sacks on the night.
With several first time players in skill positions and a few first time varsity players this year, none standout more than junior RB Tyler Collis. Collis is a huge force on this offense and is one of the hardest working backs i have had the pleasure to watch. In just his second full game, Coach Pavao put Collis to the test and he answered big. He had 19 carries for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Not impressed? Well you should be! Collis is a hard-nosed back that hits like a linebacker. One on one against him you will lose just about every time. It takes several players to bring him down and he seems to always get a few extra yards at the end. He has good speed and for a small back has decent vision. Collis has put in a lot of work this past off-season and it seems to have paid-off.
Now onto the defense lead by senior Jerod Petty. Petty puts up big numbers all most every game and this year he is also putting in some work on the offensive side of the ball. A true workhorse for this Rebels team. Petty put up 3 tackles and 6 assists before being sidelined by a leg injury. Coach Pavao made some adjustments and the team stepped up to fill the void. At this time there is no news on Petty’s status, but it did not look good at the time.
The Rebels came out strong early, which seems to be their new style of play. Quick passes and big rushing gains alloweing Fannin to move the ball at will. The Indians could not figure out the Rebels defense. However, they did manage to move the ball on several occasions. The tight defense and a seemingly much better offense this week gave Fannin the win at Murray, 22-10.
This years Rebel team is a dual threat team, both passing and rushing, whereas in recent years it was loop-sided. Can Fannin make a run for it this year? Everything so far makes me think this could be the year, but with region play still a few weeks away, we will just have to wait and see.
Fannin youth wrestlers recently competed at the South Paulding Jr. Spartan and Black Knight Winter Classic. Below are the place winners. (more…)