Rebels Sweep Gordon Central, Fall to Dade County


Photo from Fannin County Baseball Facebook Page


The Fannin County Rebels were able to get their first series sweep of the year against Gordon Central last week. After two straight games of scoring at least seven runs, the Rebels bats got cold and they weren’t able to get anything going offensively in their following games against Dade County and are currently on a 2 game losing skid.


In the first game of the Rebels series against Gordon Central there were runs galore, as they beat the Warriors 7-0.

Those hot bats carried over into the second game of the series that Friday where they thumped the Warriors 11-2. In the second game of the series 8 rebels picked up hits, but no one was better at the plate than Senior Brady Martin. Martin went three for five at the plate with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Chance Stacy was on the mound for the Rebels in their 11-2 win, lasting four innings and allowing 4 hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking zero. Jordan Bennet and Bradley Holloway helped close out the game for the Rebs.

In their two games against Dade County the following week, Fannin wasn’t quite as perfect at the plate.

In their first game against Dade, Fannin was in it until the end. Holloway and Logan Hughes drove in runs and the score was tied up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, until Dade County drew a walk with the bases loaded that scored the winning run. Fannin lost 4-2.

In last nights game against Dade, the Wolverines just pulled away early and the Rebels could never climb back within striking distance.

Fannin was not able to contain the high powered offense of the Wolverines ultimately falling 11-5. Jason Pearson, Carter Mann, Holloway, and Martin all had RBIs in the game. Holloway went yard in the seventh inning for the only homer of the game.

Fannin is scheduled to play at Dade County on Friday and will look to end their 2 game slump.


Fannin Rowdy Rebels: 2A Area 8 Traditional Champs


The Fannin County Rebels wrestling program traveled to Banks last weekend to compete in the 2A Area 8 Traditional tournament. And boy did they compete.

They were named 2A Area 8 Traditional Champs, and all Fannin County wrestlers qualified for state in Macon this week February 9th-13th. You can view the brackets for the state competition here:

Area 8 Traditional results:

106 – Blake Summers – 1st

113 – Colton Stephens- 2nd

120 – Kainan Henson – 1st

126 – Cooper Moreland – 1st

132 – Drake Cantrell – 2nd

138 – Taylor Collis – 1st

145 – Jackson Mercer – 2nd

152 – Corbin Davenport – 2nd

160 – McCay Turner – 1st

170 – Colby Shaw – 2nd

182 – Tommy Ledford – 3rd

195 – Matthew Crowder – 2nd

220 – Christian Newberry – 2nd

HWT – Logan Long – 2nd


Mr. King’s Essential’s of Healthcare class visits BRES for Basic Healthcare Lessons

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Students in Mr. King’s Essential’s of Healthcare class at FCHS had to choose their end of the semester comprehensive assignment. These students chose to present a “Basic Healthcare” lesson to our 5th grade students at Blue Ridge Elementary. They are hoping to present to East and West Fannin next week.

The lesson included how students could recognize an emergency and how to contact 911. It also include having student make a cheat sheet with their home address and important information they may need to know during an emergency. The lesson also taught student how to recognize signs of stroke and heart attack as well as what to do if someone passes out, has a neck injury, or is in a fire situation. The FCHS student also taught and demonstrated how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and how to do “Hands-Only” CPR.

The FCHS students were Rachel Bruce, Cassidy Culpepper, Aerial McKinney, Gracie Stewart, Gage Merck, Angela Alverez, Eden Callegari, Dadrian Flowers, Emilee Herendon, Hallie Sosebee, and Hannah Sosebee.

These students are currently enrolled in the Essentials of Healthcare course at FCHS. Each of these students will have the opportunity to enroll in any of the following classes to complete their pathway: Sports Medicine, Emergency Medical Responder, Patient Care Fundamentals, Pharmacy Operations and Fundamentals, and Allied Health and Medicine. Each of the third level classes offer some form of certificate or credential. Classes such as the Patient Care Fundamentals and the Pharmacy Operations and Fundamentals offer students a chance to sit for their credentialing exam. If student successful meet all requirements and pass the state exam, students can graduate from FCHS as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Pharmacy Technician. Many of these students have plans to complete multiple or even all of the 3rd level courses offered which could allow them to graduate with multiple credentials.

Fannin County defeats Chattooga, Now Ranked 8th in AJC

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Author: Tim Towe

The undefeated record for the Fannin County Rebels improved to 7-0 on a rare Saturday night game against Chattooga.

This was the 4th road game of the season for Fannin, and it was also the 4th road game where the Rebel Fans from Blue Ridge had a better crowd than the hometown team did. Chattooga isn’t exactly a rock throw from Blue Ridge like Union County is.

Micah ONeal had a game to remember on defense for the Rebels. 15 tackles, 3 TFL’s and a safety that led the Rebels to a 37-7 victory on Saturday at Chattooga. The Rebel defense only allowed 108 total yards. 48 of those 108 came on a touchdown run by Chattooga’s LaShaun Lester who is the region’s best running back and has a UAB offer. The Rebel defense held the highly recruited Lester to 51 yards on the night. McCay Turner, Jake Sands and James Mercer had 5 tackles. Andrew Waldrep had 6 tackles, Dalton Ross had 7 tackles, Logan Long had 8 Tackles, Cason Owensby had 11. Carson Collis had an INT for the Rebels.

Luke Holloway found Cohutta Hyde and Jalen Ingram for Touchdown passes, and Seth Reece found pay-dirt 3 times in the 3rd quarter and had 80 yards on the ground Saturday.

All State Punter Luke Holloway had his best punting performance of the year. 4 Punts with 220 yards and averaged 55 yards per punt with a long of 66.

This is a special season for the Fannin County Rebels with amazing support from the whole county.

The Rebels are receiving statewide recognition. They have been ranked by GPB, Recruit Georgia and Cal Prep for the last several weeks. On Tuesday The Atlanta Journal Constitution ranked the Rebels for the 1st time since 1996 coming in at 8th.

Fannin County host Coosa this Friday Night. The Rebels are asking all fans to wear black for a blackout. Fannin can clinch its 1st Region Title Friday with a Win since 2007 and 3rd in School History. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

Fannin 36-Pepperell 23, Rebels take early control of Region 7AA

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Written by: Tim Towe


Lindale Georgia and Pepperell High School at Dragon stadium was the site of the highly anticipated region showdown between Region Favorite Pepperell and Fannin County.

When the GHSA announced is reclassification and the Rebels were put in region 7aa, every Rebel Fan had this one circled.

The week was filled with quite the bit of chatter on twitter from Pepperell players and even Dade County Head Football Coach Jeff Potson who was quoted saying “Pepperell by more than you think.”

Side Note: Fannin travels to Dade County on November 20th.

Credit the Rebels of Fannin County, led by 3rd year Head Coach Chad Cheatham for keeping the Rebels off social media and simply focused on taking care of business on the field on Friday night.

The Rebels won the coin toss and elected to receive. Seth Reece was the captain for the Rebels.

1st Quarter 

Fannin would put together an 8 play 70-yard opening drive that ended with a Seth Reece 1-yard Touchdown.  7-0 Rebels.

The following kickoff, Pepperell’s Marsyan Griffin went 81 yards to the end zone. Pepperell would convert the 2 pt. try and lead 8-7 with 8:09 left in the 1st.

Senior Quarterback and Team Captain Luke Holloway had a night to remember. On the next drive he found Cohutta Hyde for a 53-yard touchdown pass and Hyde ran right past Griffin in coverage to take a 15-8 lead. Luke would find Jalen Ingram on the 2-pt. conversion.

The following possession for Pepperell, Andre Bivens had a near interception on 1st down, Micah Oneal made the stop on 2nd down on Pepperell Running Back DJ Rogers.  Dalton Ross made the stop on 3rd down and on 4th and 1 the Rebel Defense got a big turnover on downs as Cason Owensby, Jake Sands, Andrew Waldrep and Jalen Ingram all broke through and helped make the stop.

Fannin would take over on the 43 and put together a nice drive before a pass was tipped in the end zone for an interception. Pepperell would take over on their own 4 to end the 1st.

2nd Quarter 

Pepperell would put together a nice drive before having to punt. Pepperell had a great punt as they completely flipped field position by having punt go all the way to the Fannin 1-yard line.

Fannin would drive just across midfield before having to punt. Luke Holloway, who also is an all-state punter, had a great punt that put Pepperell starting inside their own 20 YARD LINE

DJ Rogers would break loose for an 81-yard Pepperell Touchdown. Extra point was good bringing the score 15 all with 1:40 left in 2nd quarter.

Fannin would punt back to Pepperell. Pepperell would miss a 40-yard field goal wide left to take us to halftime.

3rd Quarter 

Pepperell would receive the kickoff to start the 2nd half and take over on the 30. Cason Owensby would deliver a nice hit forcing a fumble and Seth Reece would recover. A huge momentum swing for the Rebels.

Caleb Postell would have a nice 15-yard run on the drive down to the Pepperell 5. Luke Holloway would punch it in for touchdown. Fannin would take the lead 22-15 with 7:57 left in the 3rd.

A big 3rd down stop by the Rebels led by Jake Sands and Mason Bundy would force Pepperell to punt.

Fannin would punt right back to Pepperell with a nice punt by Holloway that landed at Pepperell’s own 13.

Andrew Waldrop and Carson Collis would have a nice stop on 2nd down forcing a big 3rd down for Pepperell late in the 3rd quarter. Dalton Ross and Micah Oneal would Sack the Pepperell Quarterback forcing a huge 3 and out for The Rebel Defense.

4th quarter 

Pepperell would force Fannin to punt on the following possession. Then the Rebel defense stood tall forcing a punt.

Luke Holloway would engineer a great drive with some great runs on the drive. Caleb Postell would have some nice runs on the ground of his own on the drive also that put the Rebels in striking distance. Luke would find Jalen Ingram and then found Andre Bivens to set up 1st and goal for the Rebels. Luke would punch it in from the 5-yard line and the Rebels took a 29-15 lead with 4:50 to go.

Pepperell would answer with another touchdown run by DJ Rogers. That would bring the score 29-23 Fannin with 3:01 left in the ball game.

Next possession for Fannin. Luke Holloway would provide one of the most memorable touchdown runs in recent memory for Fannin County going 64 yards for a touchdown. Score was 36-23 with 1:56 left in the 4th.

Fannin would control rest of clock and win the game 36-23 advancing to 2-0 in Region 7AA.

Luke Holloway was the player of the game for Fannin with 373 Total yards. 231 Yards Rushing and 142 passing and 4 Total Touchdowns. Every member of the Rebel defense stepped up but I want to give a special shoutout to the Fannin Offensive Line. Mason Bundy, Micah Oneal, Dylan Collins, Chris Scott, Rico Arellanes and Brayden Foster all played great.

Fannin County is 5-0 for the 1st time since 1995. A year the Rebels went 12-1 with a loss to Cartersville in the State Quarterfinals. The Rebels win over Pepperell Friday was the 1st in School’s history over Pepperell though the teams haven’t played since 1989.

The Rebels were scheduled to play @ Copper Basin on Friday, but that game is not cancelled due to Covid protocols from Copper Basin.

The Rebels will now look ahead to hosting Model on Friday October 30th. In what could very well decide at the very least a playoff spot and possibly a region championship.

Fannin County blows past Gordon Central, remains undefeated


Timestamps for the highlight plays in the video above are bolded in the article below.


Fannin County (3-0,0-0) hosted The Gordon Central Warriors (1-3, 0-0) on a rainy Friday night in the first region matchup of the year for both teams.

Fannin has started the season off in the best way possible, beating Union County for the first time since 2007 and dominating both Southwest Whitfield & Banks County.

Gordon Central has started the season off with a rough start losing to Woodland, Northwest Whitfield and Gordon Lee and only beating Southwest Whitfield.

Fannin got off to a great start, scoring on the very first play of the game. Starting Quarterback Luke Holloway throwing a short pass to Wide Receiver Jalen Ingram and Ingram taking it 55 yards to the house.(0:00-0:15)  The Rebels defense started off strong only allowing Gordon Central to gain 5 yards on their first drive, followed by a blocked punt that was picked up by the Rebels and walked in for the touchdown. (0:15-0:20) The Rebels continued dominating the game on both sides of the ball, with another score on their next offensive drive with a 9 yard touchdown run by Caleb Postell. (0:21-0:33)

Late in the first quarter, Gordon Central started to gain some momentum offensively led by starting quarterback Tre Williams & Jordan Boone. The Warriors picked up a few first downs and was moving the ball with ease. At the beginning of the second quarter, the drive came to an end due to a fumbled handoff recovered by the Rebels around midfield.

In the second quarter, the Rebels kept their foot on the gas, scoring 3 quick touchdowns. Luke Hollloway found Andre Bivens for a long touchdown pass (0:34-0:46) & then found Cohutta Hyde on the next drive for a 30 yard touchdown. (0:47-0:59)  The next offensive drive Luke Holloway threw a short screen pass to Cohutta Hyde and he took it 35 yards to the house. (1:00- 1:11) If you thought Fannin was gonna let off the gas, you thought wrong. The next drive by Gordon Central ended with an interception by Andre Bivens and he ran all the way down to the 4 yard line. That was followed by a 4 yard touchdown run by Seth Reece. (1:12- 1:22) The Rebels led the Indians 49-0 at halftime.


The Rebels defense started off the 2nd half with a fumble recovery taken for a touchdown to make it 57-0. (1:23-1:43) The Rebels defense held their ground the entire game and played as well a game as the coaching staff could have asked for. The Warriors did eventually score late in the 4th quarter but missed the PAT to make the final score 57-6.

Fannin County is now 4-0 and they will travel to Pepperell to play the Dragons next Friday.

Fannin Storms Through Banks 49-13, 3-0 for 1st time since 2005

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Written by Tim Towe

Be The Storm

“In Every Warrior’s Battle there’s going to come a time where your mind is going to tell you that you can’t weather the storm. Don’t just weather this. Change it and Be The Storm.”

That was Head Coach Chad Cheatham’s message to the team in the locker room and the Rebels put up 35 points up in the 3rd quarter. Which may or may not be a school record for most points in a quarter. The Rebels defeated Banks 49-13 to improve their record to 3-0 for the 1st time since 2005.

Banks County, won the toss and put together a nice opening drive. Banks had 1st and Goal, but Seth Reece came up with an Interception for the Rebels at the 3 yard line.

Banks County would get the ball back and strike 1st on a double pass to take a 6-0 lead with 5:34 left in the 1st. Seth Reece would continue his great 1st quarter and block the extra point.

6-0 Banks would be your score at the end of the first quarter. Micah O’Neal would come up with a Sack on 3rd down for Fannin. Fannin would turn the ball over on the punt. The next drive Cason Owensby, Jake Sands and Carson Collis would come up with big stops on defense and the Rebels would get the ball back on the 20.

Luke Holloway would connect with Jalen Ingram for 50 yards. Fannin would have 4 and 1 from the Banks 13. Holloway would run it in for a 13 yard touchdown. Jack Kantner extra point would be good. Fannin would lead 7-6 with 3:47 left in 2nd.

Cohutta Hyde would Intercept a pass and get the ball back for the Rebels. Holloway would find Jalen with Touchdown pass and Fannin would lead 14-6 with 2:59 left in the 2nd.

Andrew Waldrep and James Mercer would come up with sacks on the following final drive as Banks County was trying to score before halftime. Waldrep would come up with an Interception and the Rebels would take a 14-6 halftime lead.

The 3rd Quarter went down as one of the best 3rd quarters in Fannin History.

Fannin would receive the opening kickoff. Caleb Postell would have a nice 17 yard run on the drive. Caleb would punch it in from 9 yards out. Fannin would take a 21-6 lead with 10:00 to go in the 3rd.

Dalton Ross would be the 1st one in the backfield on the following drive for the Rebels as he was credited with the tackle on a bad snap. Jake Sands had a 22-yard pick 6 to make the score 28-6 with 9:09 left in the 3rd.

Next drive, Micah Oneal rushed into the backfield and tackled a Banks County Leopard for a 9 yard loss. Cohutta Hyde would have his 3rd Interception of the night and take it 75 yards to paydirt. Fannin would lead 35-6 with 6:35 left in the 3rd.

The Rebels defense would continue to dominate. Cason Owensby and Logan Long would have tackles on the following drive. McCay Turner would recover a fumble for another turnover for Fannin.

Luke Holloway would find Andre Bivens in the endzone for a 24-yard touchdown pass as the rebels would lead 42-6 with 5:51 left in the 3rd.

Just keep in mind we are still in the 3rd quarter.

Jack Katner’s Kick would sail through the endzone and Banks would start on their own 20. Micah O’neal, MCcay Turner, Logan Long, and James Mercer would get in on tackles as Banks would go 3 and out.

Caleb Postell would continue his good night on the ground with a 20-yard run. Seth Reece would punch it in for a 13-yard run and the Rebel would score their 35th and final point of the quarter to take a 49-6 lead with 2:58 left in the 3rd.

Tommy Ledford would add a sack led by a thunderous ovation to put the exclamation point on the win for Fannin.

Banks County would add a touchdown late to make it 49-13.

Fannin improves to 3-0 for the 1st time since 2005. The Rebels begin region play on Friday Night as they will host the Gordon Central Warriors led by Head Coach T.J. Hamilton and Running back/Linebacker Jordon Boone. Boone is the region’s leader in rushing yards per game with 133 yards and 4 Td’s. Boone plays well on defense also.

It will be Senior Night for Fannin this Friday. Make sure you come out and support the seniors and the Rebel Football Team.

Fannin County 2-0 following 48-0 shutout over Southeast Whitfield

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Written by Tim Towe

The Rebels were back in action this past Friday (Sept 26th) at Southeast Whitfield after 21 days between games. Fannin was unable to play against Gilmer County on Sept 12th due to Covid protocols. September 19th was an original bye week scheduled for Fannin.

Fannin walked out on Friday night led by Head Coach Chad Cheatham, Mason Bundy and Dalton Ross. Cohutta Hyde was the lone captain at midfield for the Rebels. Fannin won the toss and elected to receive.

On the 2nd play from scrimmage, Quarterback Luke Holloway found Jalen Ingram for a 78-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back via a holding penalty.

Later in the 1st, Southeast would put together a decent drive. Driving all the way down to Fannin 1. The Rebels would have an amazing goal line stand with a big tackle by Logan Long.

Fannin would go 99 yards on the following drive highlighted by an 80-yard pass from Holloway to Jalen Ingram. This time there were no flags and Fannin took a 6-0 lead with 1:55 left in the 1st.

The 2nd quarter and the remainder of the game would be all Rebels. Luke Holloway connected with Jalen Ingram through the air again to go up 14-0 with 8:25 left. Ingram would add another catch on the 2 pt. conversion.

Fannin would add another touchdown pass through the air via the Holloway/Hyde connection from 35 yards out. The extra point was good making it 21-0 Fannin with 6:08 left in 2nd.

Running Back Caleb Postell would get in on the scoring party for the Rebels on the next drive making it 28-0 Fannin and that would be your score heading into the half.

Fannin would start the 3rd quarter on fire as Luke Holloway found Cohutta Hyde for a touchdown pass. It was Holloway’s 4th touchdown pass of the night and Hyde’s 2nd receiving touchdown pass of the night.

Jackson Davis would score his 1st touchdown of the season on the ground for the Rebels making it 42-0 with 5:53 left in the 3rd.

Carter Mann checked in at quarterback for Fannin and engineered a scoring drive halfway through the 4th. Mann found the end zone on the ground with 5 minutes left in the 4th to make it 48-0.

What you see so far in this article is all offensive stats.

What you don’t see is defense.

Fannin’s varsity defense only allowed 17 yards of total offense on Friday night. The Southeast Raider offense only had 96 total yards on offense.

The linebacker trio of Micah ONeal, Cason Owensby and Andrew Waldrep led the way for Fannin with 29 tackles combined. Dalton Ross and Tommy Ledford each had a sack on the night for Fannin.

Carson Collis had an interception and a fumble recovery for Fannin.

Fannin will host their 1st game of the 2020 season Friday night (October 2nd)  as they welcome the Banks County Leopards. This will be the 1st game for Head Coach Chad Cheatham against his former team.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 and it will be Homecoming for the Rebels. This will be the 11th all-time meeting between Fannin and Banks. Fannin leads the series 6-4

Rebels fired up for Friday night after 2 weeks off

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It has been a long time coming for the Fannin County Rebels this week. They have faced a ton of turmoil since their week one thriller victory over Union County.

Fannin County was scheduled to play Gilmer County as we all know, in their second game of the year. That game was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 protocol. Some trash talking from one side or the other began after that, which I will not get into.

Fannin then had a bye week scheduled for last Friday night, so they did not play then either.

Come Friday night the 25th, it will have been 21 days since Fannin County has played a football game. I would venture to guess that this is the longest in Fannin County football history that they have went between regular season games.

Unfortunately for Southeast Whitfield, they drew the short straw and have to play a team that I would say this Friday, after all they have been through, will be one of the hottest teams in the country.

I spoke to Senior quarterback Luke Holloway this week, and he simply had this to say about the Rebels sabbatical:

“It has felt great to be back at practice after having to sit out for a week and then having a bye. Although, all that matters is that we still have a ten game schedule. It means a lot knowing that as of right now we still have a full schedule and I can’t imagine having a shortened senior season.”

You can tell just from speaking to these Fannin County players just for five minutes that Head Coach Chad Cheatham has instilled in them a sense of humility. A lot of players from a lot of teams tend to let their mouths do the talking instead of their play. That is not the case from this 2020 Fannin team. You’re not gonna get some “yeah we are gonna kick their tail” sound bite from any of Coach Cheatham’s players or staff.

The Rebels carry themselves on an everyday basis the same way that they came out of the tunnel 3 weeks ago against Union County. With their heads down and their eyes forward.

I was also able to speak to some long time Rebel fans about how they feel about the upcoming week after having to go so long without seeing or even hearing any high school football. One elderly gentleman said:

“I’ve been around Fannin County football since before you were born. It’s a part of me. Hell, its a part of this whole town. Things just don’t seem right when they aren’t playing on Friday night in the fall. All I know is that on Friday night, I would hate to be Southeast Whitfield.”

You might not be able to get a sound bite from the current Fannin players, but you can always count on getting one from an old Rebel fan.

Fannin County will play at Southeast Whitfield this Friday night the 23rd, where senior QB Luke Holloway and Head Coach Chad Cheatham will look to improve on their 1-0 record. Stay tuned into Team FYN Sports for the latest updates on the game and your other favorite teams in the surrounding area.

Fannin loses to Chestatee in walk-off fashion

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The Fannin County rebels (0-5, 0-2) played in their best game of the year last night against the Chestatee War Eagles (2-6, 0-4). Unfortunately the Rebels came up short and fell to the War Eagles 10-9 thanks to a seventh inning walk-off.


A walk-off single by Lacie James of the Chestatee War Eagles ripped Fannin County’s heart out last night. The game was tied at nine after Emma Mitchell of the Rebels hit a home run in the sixth.

Despite the loss, Fannin County did collect twelve hits in the high-scoring affair, but unfortunately Chestatee had thirteen hits on their way to victory.

Fannin County opened up scoring in the second inning when Jayden Bailey tripled on the first pitch of her at bat, driving in one run.

Chestatee scored four runs in the fifth inning to make sure that things did not get out of hand and ensure that Fannin would not run away with it. Ashlyn Gibbs, Madyson Gibbs, and Brook Bachelier all drove in runs in the frame.

Isabel long was on the mound for Chestatee. She surrendered nine runs on tweleve hits over seven innings. She also struck out two.

Jayden Bailey got the start in the circle for Fannin County. She allowed thirteen hits and ten runs over six innings, striking out three.

Riley Davis, Emma Mitchell, Jadeyn Holloway, and Chelsey Frye all colected multiple hits for the Rebels. Fannin County was also able to steal nine bases in the game, with Jadeyn Holloway stealing multiple bases.

Fannin County also did not commit one error in the field. Riley Davis was a perfect four for four in the field.


#TeamFYNsports games of the week

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Starting this year, #TeamFYNsports will be bringing you their top football games of the week for our local area football teams. This week, we have some rivalries on the horizon, with four local area teams going head to head.

Team FYN sports director Jake West and Fannin County Rec. Department Athletic Coordinator Tim Towe will also be giving you their picks to win these games of the week and we will be tracking their pick ’em record going forward.

  1. Fannin County Rebels @ Union County Panthers


If there was ever a year for Fannin County to be able to break their 6 year losing streak agains the Union County Panthers, it would be this year. Fannin is coming off an impressive 5-6 season last year, and with all the returning upper-classmen they have this year, this is the year that they have to make some moves. Even Coach Chad Cheatham said himself at media day, they are poised to make a run. Union County on the other hand is coming off of a 10-2 record last year, where it looked like they were going to go deep into the playoffs until losing a 7-14 game against Metter High School. Head Coach Brian Allison has turned Union County into a juggernaut over there in Blairsville, losing a combined four games in the past two years. However with the loss of their starting Quarterback Pierson Allison to graduation, we will if the newcomer behind center can handle the pressure of Friday Night Lights.

Jake’s Pick: Union County

Tim’s Pick: Fannin County

2. Gilmer County Bobcats @ Pickens Dragons 

The Pickens Dragons finished 2019 with a 6-5 overall record and tied for third in their division. Their offense was crazy hot last year, putting up an average of 31.6 points. We will see if they have improved any on the defensive side of the ball however, where they managed to give up an average of 26.2 points per Pickensgame in the previous season. When watching Pickens last year however, one of their more impressive games came against then region rival Gilmer, who they will be playing to kickoff this season. This season the anticipated Gilmer-Pickens game will not be a region game due to the realignment that took place in the offseason. Even though this is not going to be a region game this year, you can tell that it still means just as much to the players and coaches as it did when it counted against their region record. Gilmer is coming off of a 4-6 overall record last year in 2019. But, as rebuilds go it looks like Gilmer is on the backend of theirs and should start putting together some winning teams. Also, with Gilmer being bumped down a level, their opponents in their new region should play more to their level. I just think that the speed and power of the Pickens offense will be too much for the Bobcats to handle.

Jake’s Pick: Pickens County 

Tim’s Pick: Gilmer County




Bryce Ware 3D Prints PPE for Hospital

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Fannin County High School (FCHS) Freshman, Bryce Ware, used a Makerbot 3D printer to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA.  Bryce wanted to use his expertise in 3D printing to support the local efforts to combat COVID-19.  Bryce is an active member of the Technology Student Association(TSA) at FCHS.

Bryce was asked by Dr. Barbara Wall, Director of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) for the Georgia Department of Education, to represent CTAE students at the CTAE Career and Industry Advisory Council meeting on May 6th.  Bryce was given 5 minutes to present his project to business, industry, and educational leaders from around the State of Georgia.  Bryce did an outstanding job explaining his project to the audience in the virtual meeting.

Originally, Bryce produced several masks and worked with Dr. Causey in Blairsville to complete the masks and deliver them where needed.  On his most recent production, Bryce completed 100% of the process himself.  Bryce provided reusable respirators in sizes small, medium, and large for the staff at Fannin Regional.  Bryce also produced protective face shields.

Jason Jones, Chief Executive Officer for Fannin Regional, was extremely appreciative of Bryce’s contribution and stated “These face shields are difficult to purchase at this time, and we are going to need these shields as we begin to resume our normal hospital operations.”  Mr. Jones was also impressed with the design of the masks because they are reusable.  The hospital staff were all surprised when Bryce informed them that he is a freshman at FCHS.

“I am very proud of Bryce and his efforts to support our local healthcare professionals during this difficult time.  Bryce is an outstanding student, and I am looking forward to working with him during his high school engineering courses.”  Bubba Gibbs, TSA Advisor and Engineering Teacher at FCHS.


Technology Student Association, Engineering TEAMs competition results are in!

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

The final results are in for the Technology Student Association, Engineering TEAMs competition!  Congratulations to the 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade teams for placing

(L to R) – 11th/12th grade team: Morgan Blaine (current GT student), Lexi McGill, Ramtin Doroodchi (current GT student), Henry Leben, Anna Holloway, Isaiah Cargle, Cooper Boyle, McCay Turner, Will Shirah (current GT student), and Matthew Shirah.

5th overall in the State of Georgia.  In their division (public schools under 1,000 students) the 9th/10th grade team placed 1st overall, and the 11th/12th grade team placed 2nd overall in the State!


Both teams were first in their division in the multiple-choice test over chemistry, math, physics, and engineering.

Lexi McGill wrote the essay for the 11th/12th grade team and placed 3rd overall in the State and 1st in the division!  Tanner Hamby wrote the essay for the 9th/10th grade team and placed 4th overall in the State and 1st in the division!

The National TSA Conference has been canceled for this summer, but both TEAMs qualified to compete at the national TEAMs competition.


Congratulations to these bright young students!

(L to R) – 9th/10th grade team:  Drake Usry, Bryce Ware, James Kyle, Sam Jabaley, McKenzie Chastain, Luke Pelfrey, Madison Ponton, and Tanner Hamby


Thank you to Morgan Blaine, Charitty Tuttle, Ramtin Doroodchi, Ethan Taylor, and Will Shirah who are current Georgia Tech students from Fannin County for coming out to support the students.





Veterans honored at Fannin County High

Community, Fannin County High, News

Veterans from all five branches of the United States military were on hand as students, community members, family, and friends gathered for the annual Veterans Day Program at Fannin County High School last Wednesday.


The FCHS Performing Arts Center was packed for the annual Veterans Day Program.

With very few empty seats available, the school’s Performing Arts Center was full of those on-hand to honor the country’s service men and women.

Principal Erik Cioffi said the program was “an opportunity to give thanks” to the soldiers.

“We wouldn’t be were we are today without their sacrifice,” Cioffi said. “We are grateful for the service our guests have provided.”


Veterans from all five branches of the United States Military were recognized during the FCHS Veterans Day Program.

The ceremony was highlighted by an address from Air Force Captain William A. Robinson.

Robinson is the longest-held prisoner of war in United States history, spending eight years as a captive in north Vietnam from 1965 to 1973.

For 2,703 days, Robinson was a prisoner, and he conveyed some his experiences during that time.

“Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and even years of boredom, punctuated by terror,” Robinson said. “The motto was simple: return with honor. … Never give up, never give in, roll with the punches, bounce back, get ready for the next round.”

He and his fellow captive soldiers were treated like “criminals.”

“Along with others, we were tortured,” Robinson said. “I only spent eight months in solitary – some guys spent years – in a 5 (foot) by 7 (foot) cell.”


Veterans from all five branches of the United States Military, including keynote speaker Air Force Captain William A. Robinson (center, red vest), were recognized during the FCHS Veterans Day Program.

But Robinson said he and his comrades “kept the faith – faith in each other, faith in our country that they would not abandon us.”

Despite it taking eight years for Robinson to finally be freed, he isn’t bitter or resentful.

“When you join … you signed a black check to the United State of America .. that you are willing to give your life,” Robinson said, adding that he counts himself fortunate because some French POWs were held in captivity from 1954 until 1979.

Robinson was awarded the Air Force Cross for his valor in the face of such adversity.

After Robinson’s address, the Fannin County High School Chorus sang moving renditions of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “Light the Candle of Peace,” before Mr. Bill Stodghill offered a recognition of those who were prisoners of war or are still missing in action.

FCHS Chorus

The FCHS Chorus sang multiple songs during the Veterans Day Program.

More than 81,000 Americans remain missing from from wars beginning with World War II to the present day.

The nearly 50 veterans in attendance at the ceremony were called on the stage for recognition near the end of the event and were met with a standing ovation from all those present.

The school’s symphonic band, which played throughout, ended with a rousing version of “God Bless America” but senior Matt Shirah took the podium to explain the history of “Taps.”

Thomas Bartholf then played “Taps”, before the North Georgia Honor Guard “retired the colors” and removed the various flags displayed for the ceremony.

Fannin Co. takes down SE Whitfield 40-35

Fannin County High, Team FYN Sports

Last night, the Fannin Co. Rebels played an amazing game against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to earn the 40-35 victory Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Blue Ridge.

Fannin trailed right behind Southeast Whitfield for the majority of the game. The Rebels never got farther than six points behind the Raiders. Anytime the Raiders would score, the Rebels would be right there to do the same. As Fannin was right behind their opponent, Kaden Twiggs turned things around and brought everyone to their feet as he tied the game 28-28 to end the third quarter.

The Raiders earned the ball from tipoff where they hustled to put the ball into action. It was a very fast paced game of back and forth as Southeast Whitfield was the first to score and extend their lead over the Rebels who refused to let it get any larger than six points. Landon Norton and Kaden Twiggs were the two who put the points on the board in the first quarter. Norton was the first to score a basket as he drove for a layup and shortly after that, followed up with a three point shot. The sophomore earned seven points for the night overall to add to the Rebel’s score. Twiggs also put a three point shot on the board for Fannin, but followed it with drives to the basket that resulted in him scoring nine points for the night. After a made 3-point shot, foul shots, and layups, the Raiders ended the first quarter with a 12-8 lead over the Rebels. 

Southeast Whitfield had great passes up the court to get ahead of Fannin’s offense and extend their lead. Starting point guard, Jordan Bennett, answered their call as he made a 3-point shot from above the wing to add to Fannin’s score. Senior Jerritt Holloway got after it on defense as he made a steal and ran it all the way back for a layup. Holloway got after it as he also added a 3-point shot and six made free throws to lead the Rebels in scoring for the night with 11 points. The Raiders continued to add to their score as they had steals of their own and great passes inside to their posts to put the score at 22-20 to go into halftime. 

Tucker Hanson made his presence known in the second half of the game as he proved to be an asset. While he had many great defensive plays, he also rebounded for Fannin and added a much needed nine points on the board. Bennett made a pass to Hanson to score a layup and put the score at 28-26. This set Twiggs up for the turning point of the game as he made a layup with 18 seconds left to tie the game 28-28.

Jerritt Holloway was the one to put Fannin ahead for the first time in the game as he pulled up for a shot and put the score at 30-28. The Raiders managed to tie the game back up with a shot from down low. Holloway kept fighting as he drove to the basket for a layup and drew a foul. The senior made both of his foul shots, putting Fannin ahead 32-30. On the very next play, the Raiders drew a foul and made both of their shots to tie the game 32-32. Hanson was the one to put Fannin ahead for good as he banked a three point shot and put Fannin ahead 35-32. Brady Martin continued the trend as he drew a foul and added one point to Fannin’s score from a foul shot. Holloway was the one to close out the game with his 100% made foul shots for the night. The senior was fouled two more times after Martin’s shot and made all four of his foul shots, leaving Fannin with a 40-35 victory over the Raiders.

Catch the Rebels next game Saturday as they participate in the Ellijay Tournament!

Possible Gay Straight Alliance club formation leads to protests

Board of Education, Fannin County High, News

BLUE RIDGE, GA – The possible formation of a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Fannin County High School has led to online protests and a petition with nearly 1,000 signatures.

Possible GSA club at FCHS

An online petition against the formation of a Gay Straight Alliance club at Fannin County High has garnered nearly 1,000 signatures.

The petition is called “Don’t Let Homosexuality Be Pushed on Students in Fannin County” and is in direct response to the possible formation of the GSA.

The petition was posted earlier this week under the name Emily Deal, and the description states that two students were trying to begin the GSA club and the only way to stop it was “by having everyone stand up against it. Some students have even gone as far as saying they would drop out of school if this does go through. … They won’t let us bring religion into the schools, so why is it ok to bring this into schools?”

It also states that there are three steps to creating a club: “a teacher to sponsor and at least ten people who say they would join. The next step is to take it to the principal. Then the principal must approve it.”

The author of the petition has not yet been confirmed.

Fannin County High Principal Erik Cioffi issued a letter Sept. 25 outlining the school’s requirements to form a new club.

Principal Erik Cioffi released a letter dated Sept. 25 to “address the comments/petitions regarding the interest of a new club on the campus of FCHS.” He does not directly mention the possible GSA club.

Cioffi related that there are five criteria to become a club on campus. The club must be (1) student initiated, (2) have a certified teacher as a sponsor, (3) have goals and purpose, (4) have a minimum number of 10 participants, and (5) meet on school grounds and be supervised.

He went on to say that “not every club will appeal to every student. Participation in any club at FCHS has not ever been or will ever be pushed on any student. That is why they are all voluntary and not mandatory.”

Cioffi also wrote that “FCHS will not discriminate against any club that has followed the guidelines to form; otherwise, we would not be able to provide any clubs that so many of our students participate in and enjoy being a part of on a daily basis.” will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they are available.

Possible GSA club at FCHS

Fannin County High Principal Erik Cioffi released a letter Sept. 25 outlining the requirements to form a club at the school.



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