BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Parents of Fannin County school children gathered at the Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting to express their concern and anger over the current state of the Fannin County Athletics Department.
Accusations of student favoritism, parent interference, and overall lack of accountability among administration were discussed as parents addressed the board.
First to speak during the public commentary portion of the meeting was parent Donnie Kendall.
“We have a culture here at this school that has been accepted and embraced. That’s a losing culture, and it’s considered the norm,” Kendall spoke of Fannin County Athletics. “If we continue to accept mediocrity as being good enough, then your endeavors will always be mediocre.”
Kendall cited that parents and residents are told that Fannin County is small and rural, and therefore not able to attract or produce the athletes like areas with a larger population.
“This is simply not true,” Kendall stated of the athletes in our area. He pointed to Union County as an example. This county according to Kendall is smaller and just as rural, but manages to play in the same AAA region with much better results.
Kendall spoke directly of assistant principal and athletic director Dr. Scott Ramsey: “We have an athletic director who makes $93,000 to run these programs, whose job undoubtedly ends at 4:30 so he can go to his second job while different administrators are asked to cover for him at our sporting events on a regular basis.”
Coaches in Fannin County are paid a premium salary according to Kendall and “all finish dead last respectively in their regions almost every year.”
Kendall did praise the community of Fannin County for their enthusiasm and support of the school system’s athletics and commented that the booster programs consistently raise $30,000 to $50,000 a year.
“I think it may be time for the community to match the effort of our administration and our coaches and suspend some of our fundraising,” Kendall remarked about actions to take until significant change happens within the program.
Ryan Walton, another parent with children who participate in numerous sports, also spoke during public commentary.
Walton began, “My problem with the athletics here, and I don’t speak just for myself, when you get coaches here that will play to win instead of letting parents influence who plays sports, who starts, you’ll have a little bit better result.”
Walton spoke of parent influence over coaches, “It’s obvious that it goes on,” and spoke of his own son, “He should play because he’s good enough not for what I do for that team.”
Other issues mentioned at the meeting were athletes being asked to pick a sport that would be their primary sport and the coaches lack of flexibility for students who participate in multiple activities. The practice of Fannin County’s basketball coach starting with a team in middle school and then moving up with that team to high school was also brought up.
“It’s not moral, it’s not ethical, it’s not right,” Walton said on the issue of coaches moving up with teams.
Walton stated, “I could stand up here for 24 hours and not repeat myself about all the stuff,” and concluded, “Something needs to change. I’m tired of losing. Our kids deserve better. I know mine do. We’re paying people a lot of money not to do their job.”
Other parents were scheduled to speak but expressed that their concerns had been addressed by both Kendall and Walton. Ultimately, the group wanted answers for who is accountable for the Fannin County Athletics Program and for that person or persons to make significant changes soon.
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Any student interested in playing Football for Fannin County high school next year. There will be a Parent meeting. Monday March 13th at 6:00pm in the old gym.
Head Football Coach
Fannin County High School
Blue Ridge, GA. 30513
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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
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