The Fannin County High School Rebels took on the North Hall High School Trojans Friday night for their third game in the regional conference. The Trojans came out of the locker room ready to rumble and executed offensive plays to gain the win over the Rebels, 62-13.
In the first quarter, the Rebels received the kickoff and started on their own 20-yard line. The Rebels attempted to find holes in Trojan’s defense but was limited. 12 Luke Holloway made a 24-yard connection to 88 Jalen Ingram for the first touchdown of the game. Shortly after, Holloway gained a 10-yard touchdown rush, 86 Sarah Sosebee with the extra point put 13 on the scoreboard for the last time of the night. The Rebels had a combined total of 137-yards compared to Trojans 248-yards, and a score of 27-13 Trojans.
The second quarter was even more difficult for the Rebels as they tried to get down field but between incomplete passes, flags for ‘false starts’ and ‘offsides’, the Rebels just didn’t have luck on their side. The Rebels gained 15-yards compared to Trojans’ 144-yards, 41-13 Trojans.
Coming out of halftime, the Rebels pulled together more yards than the previous quarter, a combined total of 85-yards, but the glimmer of hope the Rebels felt when the Trojan’s end zone was in sight, was snuffed out by an interception. The Trojans gained 142-yards adding to their lead, 55-13.
The Fannin Rebels suffered a great loss during the third quarter when 15 Chandler Kendall, a senior at FCHS, was seriously injured after colliding with a Trojan. Kendall played his very first season of high school football this year and since has had some great plays on the field. Kendall was also featured as last week’s Player of the Week for TeamFYNSports.
Kendall’s father shared, “Update on Chandler… Broken collarbone but not displaced 4 to 6 weeks. He said he was thankful for the life long memories made over the last 8 weeks. He would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Had a blast AWESOME EXPERIENCE.”
In the fourth quarter, the Trojans opted to run the clock out after their 80-yard touchdown, with the extra point, the Trojans had a decimating lead of 62-13. While in possession, the Rebels broke even on yards after a tackle for a loss of 5-yards kept them behind the 40-yard line before the turnover. The Trojans were in possession once more before the final buzzer.
With a game total of 660+ yards, the Trojans brought home the W. It was their back-to-back touchdowns in the first half that set them apart from the Rebels. The Trojans came out onto the field seeing scoring opportunities and answering efficiently with 4 touchdowns in the first quarter and 2 more in the second quarter.
The Rebels play their 4th regional game at home against Dawson County High School at 7:30pm. Dawson Tigers are coming off a bye week after losing to Greater Atlanta Christian, 23-20. The Tigers are 6-1 overall, and 2-1 in the Region. Come out to support the Rebels this Friday as they take on the Tigers.
The panel included: Fannin County High School (FCHS) Principal Erik Cioffi, Fannin County Middle School Principal Keith Nuckolls, Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney Allison Sosebee, Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby, Chief Executive Officer of Highland Rivers Melanie Dallas, Director for Addictive Diseases at Highland Rivers Ansley Silvers, Doctor Bill Whaley Board Certified Physician and Addiction Specialist who serves as the medical consultant for the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Task Force, and President of Georgia Board of Pharmacy Bill Prather and owner of Blue Ridge Pharmacy.
The panel members addressed what vaping is, substances often used in vape pens, and the health risks of vaping.
Vape pens can look like jump drives, electronic cigarettes, and other electronics.
Through vaping, a person can ingest illegal substances such as synthetic cannabinoids like Pinaca. Pinaca has recently been discovered and listed as a schedule 1 drug like LSD or heroin.
Local pharmacist Bill Prather explained that there about 100 different cannabinoids and they are being chemically altered in other countries and then being distributed in the US.
Prather stated, “I think this is going on because of the discussion about marijuana. THC the active ingredient in marijuana that makes you high is still a schedule 1 narcotic. Many states have legalized marijuana as a medical drug and even a recreational drug. All these cannabinoids that are coming into the United States are coming from those plants and they’re being altered, and this is what our young people are ingesting.”
District Attorney Allison Sosebee referenced a story from another county where a student had ingested an unknown substance while vaping in the school bathroom and the student went into an acute psychosis, and when he came to, he attempted to pull his tongue out of his mouth.
The issue here, is that when students see adults—or people on social media, in movies, commercials, etc.—using vape pens, these devices appear harmless.
When vape pens and e-cigarettes were first on the market, they were used in place of real cigarettes and were intended to be used to quit smoking. Dr. Whaley explained that vape nicotine equaled the same amount as 20 standard cigarettes.
Each panel member communicated how important it is that this epidemic be taken seriously since there are no regulations or studies on how vaping certain substances can affect Fannin’s youth.
The vaping industry is so new that there are not any safety regulations in place to monitor the effects of vaping.
Director of Addictive Diseases Ansley Silvers stated, “We’re talking about ‘decision making, decision making, decision making’ and brain development and we’re expecting these kids to think like an adult and to think through things…I think we as a community we need to educate these sophomores, juniors, and seniors [about the consequences of drugs] and constantly remind them of the ‘why’ [they shouldn’t do drugs].”
As a result, the Fannin County School System has decided to tackle vaping on school premises with severe consequences.
Principal Cioffi stated, “As of September 7th, if a student is caught with any vaping product or being caught in the act, they will receive 5 days of out of school suspension (OSS). They will also be put in our database where if they have a second offense then they would be recommended to alternative school.”
Cioffi also explained that FCHS is looking into installing technology that can detect when Juuls and other vaping devices are being used to keep students from vaping in the bathrooms, hallways, and other parts of school grounds.
Fannin County is on high alert with this vaping epidemic. Students should expect more school policies and focused attention on the devices they bring to school and use while on school premises.
The Fannin County High School Rebels take on the Cherokee Bluff Bears for their first regional home game. Rebels brought high energy into the first half and executed their plays during the 4th quarter, beating the Bears 45-7.
After the coin toss, the Rebels’ #32 Treylyn Owensby with the kickoff return to their own 34-yard line. From there, the Rebels set the tone of the game as they scored three touchdowns. Luke Holloway handed off to Owensby for a 30-yard touchdown, Holloway connected with Chandler Kendall for a 37-yard touchdown, and Holloway passed to Jalen Ingram for a 32-yard touchdown. Sarah Sosebee with the extra 3 points gave the Rebels the lead of 21-0.
Rebels defense dominated the first quarter as they kept the Bears off the scoreboard. Every time it looked as though the Bears would gain a few yards, they would get flagged for ‘false start’ and ‘off sides’ which pushed them back. It was apparent that the Rebels had established an early lead that would put too much pressure on the Bears to come back later in the game.
Second quarter began much like the first, with the Rebels adding to their lead. Rebels moved the pigskin downfield with Kendall 24-yards, Holloway 6-yards, and Owensby 26-yards and the touchdown. Sosebee with the extra point brings up the score 28-0 with 8:05 left in the 1st half.
With less than five minutes left in the 1st half, the Bears execute a trick play (triple reverse) and find themselves at the Rebels 6-yard line. From there, the Bears took on Rebels defense before lighting up the scoreboard the only time that night, 28-7.
After their touchdown, the Bears seemed to have caught a second-wind, or maybe the Rebels backed off a little, allowing the Bears to get into the red zone on Rebels 19-yard line. The momentum of the game may have been turning the Bears way, but that same moment was short lived when the Bears had a turnover.
The Rebels take over at their own 19-yard line with 38 seconds left in the 1st half. The Bears intercepted Holloways attempt to connect with Ingram before the buzzer sound ended the 1st half with the Rebels on top, 28-7.
It was obvious after the Rebels first half, Head Coach Chad Cheatham needed to go into the locker room and maybe remind the Rebels that they had not yet won the game and they needed to finish the game.
In the 3rd quarter, the Bears received the kickoff but weren’t successful in moving downfield. The Bears made it to their own 35-yard line before being pushed back 5-yards for a flag on the play. This caused the Bears to have to punt.
With Kendall’s 20-yard punt return, the Rebels start on their own 44-yard line. The Rebels were unable to get anything going in that drive and were forced to punt that would give the Bears the ball on their own 34-yard line.
In the 3rd quarter, the Rebels defense stopped any hope the Bears had of getting into the end zone. The Bears were forced to punt and 44-yard punt, the Rebels were put on their own 1-yard line. Basically, having to run 1st down out of their own end zone, Holloway handed off to Owensby and gained 26-yards giving the Rebels some breathing room as the sound of the buzzer ended the quarter.
Rebels start the 4th quarter on their own 27-yard line and only 12 minutes away from winning the first region game of the season. The Rebels left it all on the field as they made quick work of crossing the 50-yard line into Bears territory. Holloway handed off to 35 Will Mosley for a 52-yard touchdown. Sosebee was on fire as she went 5 for 5 lighting up the scoreboard 35-7.
The Rebels defense did not allow the Bears to get any positive yards. Mason Rhodes and Jackson Weeks kept the Bears at the 31-yard line for the 2nd and 3rd down. Rhodes tackled a Bear at their own 21-yard line for a loss of yards bringing up a 4th down. Bears backed the punt, 31 Campbell Constentino blocked the punt and 50 Matthew Lewis made the recovery at the Bears 11-yard line.
A Rebels drive to their own 9-yard line, and on the 4th down and elected to go for a 21-yard field goal attempt. 38 Alex White with a 21-yard field goal giving the Rebels 38-7 with 7:39 left in the game.
The Bears received the kickoff and attempted to make their way into Rebel territory but at this point there was no moving the ball past Rebels defense. With 3:51 left in the game, the Bears found themselves 4th and 8 at their own 43-yard line. 83 Dalton Ross tackled a Bear for a loss at their own 36-yard line for the turnover on downs.
With a little less than 3:30 left in the game, Rebels took over at their own 36-yard line. Owensby gained 25-yards, Matthew Postell gained another 7-yards, and Norton rushed the last 7-yards for the touchdown. Sosebee went for a successful 6 for 6 and the Rebels broke the scoreboard 45-7.
The Bears received the kickoff with 2:57 left in the game. The Rebels kept them in their own territory for the last two minutes and the buzzard sounded ending the game leaving the Bears at the 40-yard line.
The Rebels played a great game as many players put their hands on the ball and defense made some great plays—like Constentino’s block on the punt and Lewis’s recovery. The Rebels win their first regional game against the Bears.
Let’s see who comes out on top during tonight’s game. The Rebels will be playing East Hall High School at home at 7:30! It’s alumni night along with Fannin Park and Rec so come out and support all the Rebels dating back to the 80s!
TeamFYNSports Reporter’s Player of the Week goes to number 12 quarterback Luke Holloway! Holloway is a sophomore at Fannin County High School. Holloway’s improvement week after week contributed to the Rebels securing a home region win against Cherokee Bluff. As a sophomore, Holloway showed leadership as he connected with Chandler Kendall and Jalen Ingram and handed off to Treylyn Owensby and Will Mosley for a combined total of 6 touchdowns. Week after week Holloway seems more confident and much more comfortable as the sophomore Fannin Rebels quarterback. Congratulations, again, to Luke Holloway from TeamFYNSports.