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.
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.
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.
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.
Fannin County High Schools Head Coach Chad Cheatham, born and raised in Fannin County, Ga. takes the floor at a recent Board of Education meeting. A new edition to Fannin County High Schools staff, Coach Cheatham was able to explain in detail his mission for Fannin’s youth.
Coach Cheatham gave a motivating speech as he laid out the foundation of Fannin Rebels mantra: 1) Faith, 2) Family, 3) Academics, and lastly, 4) Football. Is it strange to hear a Head Coach say that football needs to come last on a player’s priority list? Maybe, but Coach Cheatham has his reasons and his reasons are for the overall success of Fannin’s youth.
Coach Cheatham states there’s 4 things student athletes need to pursue excellence in:
“1) Faith: in our Creator, in our team, in our community, in our parents, and in our school system. Faith in believing in the process. And the sacrifice to get there may be hard, but you got to keep the faith.”
“2) Family: A lot of my players don’t go home to mom and dad. They go home to grandma or grandpa, or they go home to foster care. That’s just the state of reality that we are in right now. We focus on family and brotherhood and selfless play for one another. We’re teaching selflessness.”
“3) Academics: Education is the key to every door. 99% of our football players will never play football again but what they’re going to do is go into the workforce. They’re going to enter college, or technical school, or the military and they’re going to be great. And education and academics is the key to their future and we got to make our football players believe that.”
“4) Football: Why is the last thing football? I’ll tell you why. It’s because if you don’t have faith, if you don’t have family, and you don’t have your academics in order you might as well forget football because it isn’t going to happen.”
Coach Cheatham continues, “In order to be successful, you have to take care of the first three: Faith, Family, and Academics. We’re pushing self-discipline with our kids. Are we winning? We’re not winning on the scoreboard [the last two games] but are we winning in the field house and are we winning in their hearts? I think we are.”
It is apparent that Coach Cheatham takes an interest in the well-being of Fannin’s youth. His coaching style seems to motivate and uplift his players to be better people and aspire for greatness and excellence in all that they do. Let’s see what comes of this years football season, but most importantly, let’s what comes of the Rebels football players’ attitudes.
After the coin toss, Rebels got the kick-off first and capitalized early with quarterback Luke Holloway connecting with Chandler Kendall, Jalen Ingram, and Will Mosley. The Rebels were able to drive for a touchdown, Sara Sosebee’s extra point attempt was blocked, and Rebels took the lead with 6-0 and 8:26 left in the first quarter.
Unfortunately, the Rebels took a loss on the defensive side as Mason Rhodes was injured during a play and was out for the rest of the game. After a good defensive stand from the Rebels, the Ramblers were able to find holes and put two touchdowns on the scoreboard taking a lead of 14-6 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rebels struggled to get the offense going. One reason may be that multiple flags were thrown for things like illegal shifting, holding and incomplete passes. Nonetheless, Holloway and quarterback Tyler Norton tried to get the ball moving and the Rebels picked up a couple downs.
Rebels defense got into the heads of the Ramblers offense as there were a couple flags called for ‘delay of game’ and ‘false starts’ on the Ramblers. The Ramblers only moved a couple yards before being blocked by Rebels defensive line.
Moving back into offense, the Rebels got a little restless and made some careless errors like false starts, incomplete passes, and struggled overall to move down field. However, the Rebels did make it deep into Ramblers red zone and turned over the ball at the 8-yard line.
Fortunately, the Ramblers faced some of the same issues as the Rebels and was called for illegal shifting and had some incomplete passes which caused a scoreless second quarter.
Coming out of half-time, the Ramblers capitalized on a touchdown with an extra point, leading 21-6. Rebels answered the Ramblers touchdown as they moved the ball down field getting a touchdown as Holloway hit Evan Taylor in the Ramblers endzone. The Rebels went for 2 points but failed to convert.
In the very next possession, Ramblers answered the Rebels touchdown with a touchdown pass from their own 43-yard line with the extra point. Ramblers would then have 28-12 lead.
The Rebels offense were not able to get across midfield and into Rambler territory and the ball was recovered by the Ramblers.
In the next possession, Ramblers looked as though there going to capitalize on another touchdown but a block in the back would negate the touchdown. Ramblers take lead of the 3rd quarter 28-12.
Ramblers would start the 4th quarter deep in the Rebels red zone. An aggressive Jackson Weeks and Micah O’Neal with the tackle at the 5-yard line, 3rd and 5 in Rebel territory. Rebels would drop the Ramblers quarterback for a 4th and 9. Ramblers attempted to go for a field goal but missed and the ball was recovered by the Rebels.
Deep in the fourth quarter, Rebels offense was determined not to give up. An amazing pass play from Holloway to Mosley to Andrew Jones laid out the turning point in the game. Holloway hit Mosley, the ball tipped off Mosley’s fingers and Jones caught the ball for the touchdown. The Rebels went for the 2 points, Holloway to Treylyn Owensby, Rebels lit up the scoreboard with 20 to Ramblers 28.
The Rebels touchdown seemed to inspire fire in their defense as the Rebels held the Ramblers offense and didn’t let them cross the 50-yard line until the last two minutes of the game. Even still, the Ramblers didn’t get the touchdown they wanted because the Rebels defense ended the game at the 36-yard line in Rebels territory.
The Rebels end their first home game with a loss but not for lack of effort. Rebels defense stood strong and did their best to maintain balance and keep the Ramblers on their side on the 50 and away from Rebels endzone. The Rebels pushed through and put their best foot forward to keep the loss minimal.
The Rebels will NOT be playing this Friday as it is a holiday weekend. The Rebels will resume game day, Friday, September 7th at 7:30pm at Union County High School! Let’s go Rebels!
Fannin County High School students rallied together to elect this year’s Homecoming Court:
Freshman Class Kinsley Sullivan and Austin Garland. Sophomore Class Parker Peugh and Mason Rice, Chanley Watson and Micah O’Neal. Junior Class Hannah Cruse and Jade White, Amber York and Grant Sullivan, Hannah Dickey and Andy Lim, Reagan Henderson and Tate Henderson, Cassandra Stepp and Steven Stacy, Kelsey Walton and Reid Honeycutt, Angelina Young and Jade Underwood.
The final candidates for Homecoming King and Queen are Hannah Dickey and Andy Lim, Reagan Henderson and Tate Henderson, Cassandra Stepp and Steven Stacy, Kelsey Walton and Reid Honeycutt, Angelina Young and Jade Underwood.
Homecoming King Andy Lim is the son of Tech and Hoa Lee Lim. He participates in Special Olympics, received the Green Hand Award in Future Farmers of America (FFA), as well as the FFA Chapter Degree Award as he was voted “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” senior superlative. Andy’s post-graduation plans include becoming a Hibachi chef. Andy enjoys fishing, playing on his iPad and listening to music.
Homecoming Queen Kelsey Walton is the daughter of Ryan and Tonya Walton. Kelsey received awards for Spanish one, two, and three. Kelsey’s post-graduation plans include traveling as much as possible, attending Georgia Southern to pursue a degree in business, obtaining certifications in languages and become a Medical Interpreter or an International Business Interpreter. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her close friends.
Last years reigning Homecoming Queen, Cassidy Graham, attended to pass the crown down unto Kelsey Watson. A big congratulations to this year’s contestants and winners Andy Lim and Kelsey Walton.
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!
Fannin Sports Reporter’s Player of the Week is Junior Tight End, #26, Jackson Weeks! Weeks was selected for playing hard and bringing his crush ‘em attitude in Friday nights game against the Lafayette Ramblers. Weeks had a total of 12 tackles: 8 tackles, 4 Assists and 3 Tackles for Loss and 2 Pressures. Weeks, along with Fannin Defense, held tight to the Lafayette Ramblers and did their best to keep the Ramblers from scoring. Even though the Ramblers brought home the W, they had to really fight the Rebels defense to get there and without a doubt returned home with some bruises. Way to go Weeks!
Way to go Rebels Defense! Get some rest over the holiday weekend! Fetch Your News looks forward to your next game against Union!
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.
This past Saturday, the Adairsville Tigers traveled to take on the Fannin Rebels to play their last games of the tournament at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. Both teams were coming from devastatingly close losses the day before with the Rebels losing to the Bobcats by four and Adairsville losing to Christian Heritage by one. Each team came ready to walk away with the third place trophy.
Starting off the game, Adairsville relied on outside shots while the Rebels relied on inside passes. This allowed Rebel post, Joel Kinser, to contribute four points for his team. Other posts for Fannin, Nathaniel Garrison and Ryan Beavers, also added onto the score down low. Garrsion scored three points while Beavers put two more on the board for the Rebels. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 12-11 with Adairsville in the lead.
With the second quarter starting, Adairsville found a new way to do most of their damage. The Tigers started to see opportunities for wide open layups and took them. Rebel, Chandler Kendall, led Fannin in scoring with eight points. Another Rebel, Payton Holt, was right behind Kendall with seven points. The Adairsville Tigers wrapped up the second quarter with a five point lead over the Rebels with a score of 29-24.
With the Tigers high pressure defense it made it hard for the Rebels to get to the basket, but not impossible. Rebel, Joe Satchell, scored five points for Fannin with his determination to score. Cohutta Hyde added two points on the board for the Rebels with his endless hustle. As soon as Jack Gobble saw the slightest slack in the Tiger’s defense, he made an outside shot, contributing two more points for the Rebels. The Tigers extended their lead over the Rebels at the end of the third quarter with the score at 41-33.
As soon as the fourth quarter began, the Rebels score strayed farther and farther from the Tigers. This is when Gabe Buchanan and Jalen Ingram came off the bench to play. The underclassmen each scored two points for the Rebels by putting their all into the game. The Fannin Rebels were unable to catch up the the Adairsville Tigers who ran away with a 56-37 win, putting them in third place of the tournament
After the game, the awards for All Tournament Players were handed out. The Fannin Rebels selected for this were Ryan Beavers, Payton Holt, and Chandler Kendall.
When asking Rebel head coach Scott Eggleston his thoughts on his teams overall performance, he stated, “Offensively, we got better. We have struggled all year scoring. During this tournament we have shot three’s better, we’ve shot at a higher field goal percentage, everyone is feeling more confident about shooting the ball, and we’ve played overall good defense.”
Coach Eggleston then shared players whose performances really stuck out to him with the FYN sports team. “Joe satchell started to shoot the ball well and got after it on defense. Chandler Kendall and Payton Holt came out of their slumps and started to shoot the ball well. Ryan Beavers played excellent. He really hit the boards well and scored a lot of points for us. Those four had a really good weekend. Joel Kinser is back from his concussion and he played well on the block and so did Nathaniel Garrison. We had some players with not as much experience come off the bench and play well. The main guys we have been relying on have really improved from before Christmas and we are excited for the next half of the year.”
Fannin’s loss to Adairsville puts their overall record at 3-12 while the Tigers stand at 6-7. Catch the Rebels next game on January 5 at 8:30 as they take on GAC at home!
The Lady Bobcats traveled to Fannin County High School this past Thursday where they were matched up to take on the Lady Colts for day one of the Mountaintop Holiday Classic. The Colts were striving to continue their winning streak of two games prior to the matchup at Fannin County while the Bobcats were determined to knock them off their high horse and redeem themselves from a seven point loss to Union just a few nights before.
The Lady Colts did not waste any time. The first chance they got on defense, they went into a full court press. Despite the Lady Colts high pressure defense, the Lady Bobcats broke the press with no trouble. Gilmer had amazing looks up the court and found many opportunities for wide open shots. Bobcat, Emma Callihan, broke through the full court press and led her team in scoring by putting twenty-three points on the board. Lady Colt, Lily Snyder, led Coahulla Creek in scoring with twenty points overall. Number ten for the Bobcats, Marylee Callihan, was right behind her teammate in scoring with nineteen points thanks to her ankle-breaking moves under the basket. The Lady Bobcats had a three point lead over the Lady Colts at the end of the first quarter with a score of 16-13.
With the Lady Colts behind, they decided to try what was working for the Lady Bobcats. Coahulla Creek started looking up the court for open passes where they added onto their score. Bobcat, Faith Ralston, starting driving the lane and contributed two points for Gilmer. The Bobcats defense came alive towards the end of the quarter which resulted in Mallory Kiser getting steals and putting seventeen points on the board. Lady Colt, Mallory Poe, makes a three point buzzer beater shot at the end of the second quarter. Poe’s shot made the score 35-29 with Gilmer still in the lead.
Since the Lady Bobcats tried to keep their lead just as hard as the Lady Colts tried to take it away from them, both teams started fouling. Bobcat, MichaMichaela Staley, drew fouls and made one of her shots which contributed one point for Gilmer. Another Lady Bobcat, Hope Colweu, contributed two points for her team from foul shots due to her grit down low. As the third quarter came to an end, the Lady Bobcats kept their lead over the Lady Colts with a score of 54-42.
As the fourth quarter began, the Lady Colts found what was missing in their defense. Coahulla Creek’s intensity came alive by making steals left and right. With the Colts making adjustments, the Bobcats had to do the same if they wanted to keep their lead. Gilmer started to have good looks and passes on the inside where they extended their lead. The ball would be on the Lady Colts side of the court one second, then on the Lady Bobcats the other. Despite the Colts burst of energy at the end, they could not gallop to victory. The Gilmer Lady Bobcats won the game with a score of 77-67 over the Coahulla Creek Lady Colts.
The Lady Bobcats win puts their overall record at 7-5 with the Lady Colts standing at 5-6. Catch the Gilmer Lady Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 7:00 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
This past Thursday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats took on the Coahulla Creek Colts at Fannin County High School. Both teams were battling to redeem themselves from their lost games prior to the matchup at Fannin County. The Colts did not come to “horse around”, they put their all into the game and the Bobcats did the same.
During the first quarter of the game, Gilmer relied heavily on inside passes for shots under the basket which was how they scored the majority of their points. This allowed Bobcat, Kell Weaver, to be the main man inside throughout the game and lead Gilmer in scoring with twenty-five points. The Colts did most of their scoring from the outside thanks to their point guard, Maddox Adams. Adams led his team in scoring with twenty-eight points overall. Although the teams had different methods of scoring, it didn’t mean that one was better than the other. As the buzzer sounds for the first quarter to end, the Gilmer Bobcats and Coahulla Creek Colts were tied with a score of 14-14.
Both teams were fighting for the lead as soon as the second quarter began. The Bobcats gained more confidence in their shooting and started making outside shots. Bobcat, Tyler Sims, contributed twenty points for Gilmer with his outside shots. Another Bobcat, David Smith, followed the trend by scoring a three point shot for his team. Bobcat number two, Carter Hice, started driving the lane and put eight more points on the board. Gilmer took the lead over the Colts after the second quarter with a score of 30-24.
With the Colts making fakes left and right, Gilmer also found an opportunity for more points. The Bobcats had the determination to look up the court and see the open lane as a perfect chance for layups. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, had the speed to make the layups and contribute six points for Gilmer. Another Bobcat, Austin Daman, contributed four more points to put on the board for his team. Gilmer doubled their lead over the Colts at the end of the third quarter with a score of 46-34.
Although the Colts lead strayed farther from the Bobcats, they were not giving up. Both teams started getting after it on defense and drawing fouls. Towards the end of the game, Gilmer started driving the defense inside, leaving teammates on the outside open where they would score more points. The Colts proved to have outstanding determination and hustle by going after loose balls and getting steals on defense. However, it was not enough for them to trot away with a win. Being the last game of the night, the Gilmer Bobcats closed out the first day of the tournament with a 66-54 win over the Coahulla Creek Colts.
The Bobcats win puts their overall record at 4-8 while the Colts stand at 3-7. Catch the Gilmer Bobcats next region game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
The Fannin County Lady Rebels (4-3, 0-2) varsity has put up some great numbers this season, but Mother Nature and the North Hall Lady Trojans had other plans Tuesday night in Gainesville, Ga. Despite school being closed due to dangerous road conditions, the teams decided to load up and give it their best.
Suzianne Pass, head coach for the varsity girls, shared her frustration with TeamFYNSports after the loss.
“We did not play up to our potential,” Pass explained. “We struggled and did not play well. Missing days of school did not help anything at the game. Hopefully we will get back on track today and tomorrow and play better at Dawson.”
Pass was sure to share the good with the bad, however, and gave credit to her players who stepped up in the loss, as well as others who have been going above and beyond so far this year.
“Maleah Stepp hit 3 threes for us [at North Hall],” Pass told TeamFYNSports, “and Makenzie McClure played very well.”
The head coach went on to share some more positives that have come out of her team’s hard work this season.
“Over the last few games we have had different players step up and be big for us. Savada Collins, Maddie Johnson have played well in the guard position. Maddie is a true leader for our team and she gets better each day. Hope Franklin has been our go-to kid inside. She is a huge asset to our team. Bailey Whitener, Kyla Seabolt and Mackenzie Johnson have come off the bench and played well also. Morgan Patton and Morgan Holt will hopefully return by the end of December.”
Patton is out with ankle injury and Holt is still recovering from an ACL (knee) injury.
Last but surely not least, Pass shared that one of her players returned to the action and will certainly be one worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. “We were lucky to have Reagan Henderson back for last night’s game,” Pass shared. “She came off the bench and played hard. She makes herself known when she is on the floor. We have missed her.”
Catch Henderson and company this Friday night when the Lady Rebels commute to Dawson County High School and look to put up their fifth winning performance of the season, their first in region play (AAA-7).