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.
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 start the game strong as Treylyn Owensby ran for over an 80-yard gain to the Chestatee High School War Eagles 17-yard line. Luke Holloway connects with Will Mosley for the touchdown and the Rebels went for the extra point, but it was blocked. Rebels take the lead 6-0.
War Eagles take possession at the 29-yard line. Rebels defense started strong not allowing the War Eagles to cross the 50-yard line. Some incomplete passes and a few tackles later, the Rebels are back in possession.
Rebels offense takes over at their own 49-yard line. Rebels fans thought Holloways 49-yard sweep would result in a touchdown, but the yellow flag would bring back the attempt. In the next play, the War Eagles intercept Holloways attempt to connect with Jalen Ingram.
War Eagles capitalize on the turnover with a touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion. The War Eagles take the lead 8-6 with under 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter.
Rebels erased the War Eagles touchdown with a 26-yard gain between Holloway and Chandler Kendall and another 27-yards from Owensby. The Rebels light up the scoreboard with a touchdown and Matthew Postell with the 2-point conversion, taking back the lead 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The War Eagles attempt a comeback at the start of the second quarter as their quarterback keeps the ball for a 30-yard gain before being tackled by Jackson Weeks at the 3-yard line. On the next play, the Rebels pick up the fumble on their own 10-yard line.
Rebels capitalize on the turnover as Holloway and Kendall make an 88-yard connection for the touchdown and Sosebee gets the extra point. Rebels find themselves up 21-8 with a near 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
War Eagles make a long pass into Rebel territory at the 43-yard line. The War Eagles keep pushing for the end zone and get to the 23-yard line before they fumble the ball for a loss of 20 yards and find themselves 3rd down and 23 at Rebels 43-yard line. The War Eagles keeping pushing to the end zone despite their loss and get back to Rebels 23-yard line. A flag against the War Eagles puts them at the 34-yard line. In the next play, Postell intercepts the ball putting the Rebels back in possession in Rebel territory.
Rebels offense gets the wheels turning with Owensby’s 31-yards, Mosley’s 18-yards, Andre Bivins’ 17-yards, and Holloway’s 10-yards for a total of 76 yards. With less than 2 minutes in the first half, Owensby makes the touchdown and the 2-point conversion, continuing the Rebels lead 29-8.
War Eagles continues to answer with a touchdown and a successful 2-points now making the score 29-16. Rebels take possession but Holloway’s attempt to connect with Kendall was intercepted.
War Eagles quarterback gains 13 yards before being tackled by Weeks. In the next play, War Eagles quarterback breaks away from the herd and runs into Rebels endzone only to be called back due to a flag on the play. That brings a close to the first half with the Rebels in the lead 29-16.
The Rebels kicked off to start the second half. The War Eagles successfully cross the 50 into Rebels territory and find themselves at Rebels 32-yard line. The War Eagles quarterback gains 27-yards before being tackled. War Eagles find themselves on the Rebels 4-yard line. On the next play, they score a touchdown and go for the extra point lighting up the scoreboard 29-23.
Rebels respond to War Eagles touchdown with the Rebels moving up the field with vigor, Owensby with 30-yards, Mosley with 6-yards, and a successful connection between Holloway and Ingram. With a long pass from Holloway, Mosley scored for a 28-yard touchdown. The Rebels were unsuccessful on the 2-point conversion attempt. The Rebels are up 35-23.
Rebels defense continues to struggle to contain War Eagles quarterback as he scores another touchdown. With the extra point good, Rebels now only find themselves up 35-30.
With 1:43 left in the 3rd quarter, Rebels found themselves once again in War Eagle territory. Owensby rushed for another 10-yards putting the Rebels deep in War Eagles territory. The Rebels would erase those yards with a delay of game and an incomplete pass ends the 3rd quarter with a score of 35-30.
At the start of 4th quarter, War Eagles have the ball at their own 21-yard line. War Eagles completed a long pass to put them deep in Rebels territory. The War Eagles capitalize and score a touchdown on the very next play. A successful 2-point conversion puts the War Eagles 38-35 with 10:38 left in the game.
Rebels respond as Owensby gains at least 20-yards from the kickoff return. After some carries from Owensby and Mosley, the Rebels find themselves at War Eagles 34-yard line. Owensby would find the end zone for a touchdown. Along with the extra point, Rebels score 42-38.
Unfortunately, there was a pivotal moment in the game where Micah O’Neal was injured and taken off the field. TeamFYNSports followed up with Coach Cheatham, has been told that O’Neal is doing okay, and the doctors didn’t find anything.
With only 2 minutes left in the game, the Rebels try to keep the War Eagles from scoring, but the War Eagles gained a near 50-yards and get the touchdown and the extra point lighting up the scoreboard and defeating the Rebels 45-42.
This was such a close game and the Rebels played their hearts out. It seems like whoever had the ball last with more than 10 seconds on the board would be the team that won the game, this time it was the War Eagles. We can’t wait to see what the Rebels bring to Friday nights conference game against Cherokee Bluff High School. The Rebels will be playing at home at 7:30pm on September 28th. See you there, Rebels!
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 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!
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.