With a slight breeze on a relatively cool October Friday night, it finally felt like football season. The Fannin County Rebels ventured to Dawsonville with aspirations of upsetting the AAA Region 7 stat leaders, only to quickly find out what the hype surrounding Dawson County was very real.
The Fannin County High School Rebels recently garnered national attention for carrying a roster full of flags onto the field prior to kickoff, and once again, the team elected to carry Old Glory onto the field, a reminder to the crowd – and to the country – that these young men believe in honoring our nation and the historic tradition of American football.
The Tigers won the toss and elected to defer, giving the Rebels the opportunity to receive the ball first. After the kickoff, things started out pretty well for Fannin County. Senior quarterback Chandler Smith handed the ball to starting senior running back Cody Jacobs and he took the ball upfield for a first down. A quick snap and another run led to a six yard gain for the Rebels. Energy levels were high on the Fannin sidelines and you could almost see the hair standing up on the back of the offensive line’s necks as Smith took the next snap, stepped back, turned to his left, and threw the ball… directly into the jersey of a defensive back for Dawson County.
In Smith’s defense, the energy in the stadium was out of this world and his adrenaline had to have been turned up to 11; but nonetheless the Tigers seized the opportunity to turn the turnover into points and take an early seven-point lead over the Rebels. Eight minutes later, the Tigers held a 22-0 lead and the Rebels were reeling on their heels trying to stop the bleeding. Each time the Rebels got a drive rolling, something happened to stop them in their tracks: A pass on first down – intercepted. A solid run between the tackles – holding penalty. A qb sweep to the strong side – fumble (recovered by senior lineman Bradley Flowers). It felt like it was Friday the 13th – wait – it was.
The Rebels wouldn’t put points on the board until head coach Jim Pavao elected to take a shot at a 40-yard field goal. Senior kicker Alex White lined up and put the ball through the goal post with room to spare, but at this point the Tigers had put 36 on the board; another touchdown by the Tigers put the game out of reach, 43-3.
Dawson finished the game with 446 yards of total offense, 161 through the air and 285 on the ground. Fannin managed 227 yards of total offense, 105 passing and 122 rushing.
Fannin converted only 5-of-15 third downs, while Dawson converted only 7-of-12 in this game. The Rebels turned the ball over twice, both by way of interceptions, while the Tigers coughed the ball up on a fumble for their only turnover of the night.
Fannin County (2-5, 0-3) hosts Lumpkin County(0-7, 0-3) this week for homecoming, both teams fighting for their first win in region play.
Current AAA Region 7 Standings:
Full stats for the game were not available at the time of publication.
BLUE RIDGE, GA – Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Robert Graham is preparing for the future with new equipment and equipment upgrades.
As Fannin County grows so do the issues that our emergency crews face. Call volumes for emergency responses have been steadily increasing, and with Copper Basin Medical Center limiting their hours of operation, there is expected to be even more calls.
Graham is preparing for this by updating our existing ambulances and securing new ones.
On September 21, 2017 Fannin County EMA teams welcomed the newest member to their vehicle fleet. This new ambulance will allow room for our EMTs to cover increasing call volume.
Graham announced at the Fannin County Budget Workshop that Copper Basin Medical Center will be closing their Emergency Room and operating on limited hours as a walk-in clinic. This will add strain on our Fannin County team.
This new policy at Copper Basin Medical Center went into effect on September 30. Patients being transported from Polk County to Fannin Regional Hospital will have to rely on Fannin County ambulances for a return trip.
Graham said, “The ambulance service that is in Polk County is privately owned and they are refusing to pick up patients at Fannin and transfer them back to Polk County.”
He did confirm that in the event of an emergency in Fannin County, Polk County ambulances were still on call and willing to help.
At the September 26 Board of Commissioner’s meeting a request was made for the purchase of a new command vehicle. The price on this vehicle is $27, 069.58.
Post Two Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee wanted clarification on where the money for this vehicle would come from. He asked, “Is that out of this year’s budget or next year’s?”
Finance Director Robin Gazaway confirmed that the purchase of the new command vehicle would come from the 2017 budget and that the department still had plenty of funds to cover the cost.
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the purchase of this vehicle.
The EMA department’s 2018 budget proposal would cover the costs of one additional ambulance for the department as well as the remounting of a current ambulance box to a new chassis.
Graham said, “That will give us seven ambulances in our fleet, one of which we can keep in reserve through the state licensings. That will give us three spare engines.”
Graham stated that the additions to the fleet will help with increased call volume and free up engines to cover special events, such as games, races, and festivals.
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The October monthly meeting of the Fannin County Young Farmers Association was held at Mercier Orchards on Monday, October 16 at 8:00am. Association business was discussed and the group was treated to a talk and tour from Mr. Tim Mercier. Mercier Orchards was the sponsor for the breakfast. 25 were in attendance. The next FCYF function will be held on November 9 at the United Community Bank Community Room in Blue Ridge at 6:00pm. A presentation will be given by Sgt. Ryan Fowler from the Georgia Motor Carrier compliance division. He will be discussing the MAP 21 legislature pertaining to those who haul logs, equipment, livestock, hay, etc.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports sportswriter player of the week was an obvious choice: senior Bradley Flowers. Flowers has been the heart of the offensive line all season. In fact, he’s played so well that the Fannin coaching staff recently decided to start using the 260-lb juggernaut on the defensive side of the football in short-yardage goal line situations. Flowers’ most memorable moment offensively Friday night at Dawson County was his offensive fumble recovery that prevented a turnover on the second drive for the Rebels. Later in the game he made a huge hit on defense, preventing what was nearly a touchdown inside the 5-yard line. Catch Bradley Flowers and the rest of the big linemen back in action this week as Fannin hosts Lumpkin County for homecoming.
Senator David Perdue Applauds President Trump’s Move To Increase Access To Insurance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on President Trump’s action today to provide Americans’ relief from Obamacare:
“President Trump has proven once again he is willing to take bold action, even when Congress won’t. This action today will bring relief to the millions of Americans unable to obtain affordable health insurance because of Obamacare. This law is collapsing under its own weight and hurting millions of Americans. It needs to be fully repealed. In the meantime, I applaud the President’s courage to take action and support this move emphatically.”
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2017
Free Breast Exams on October 23rd
Breast Cancer Awareness at Fannin County Health Department!
Blue Ridge, GA – FREE Breast Exams, Free Gifts, Information Packets and delicious Snacks are all part of the Breast Cancer Awareness activities planned at the Fannin County Health Department on Monday, October 23rd! It all happens from 9 AM until 11 AM at the health department, located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge, GA. Breast cancer prevention education will also be provided and NO appointment is necessary. Save a life and get checked during the Breast Cancer Awareness event at the Fannin County Health Department! For more details, call (706) 632-3023. For more information about breast cancer and prevention of this and other types of cancer, log ontowww.cdc.gov/cancer.