The Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin County High School this past Saturday to take on the Rebels. Both teams were coming from losses and hungry for a win.
It started off as a low scoring quarter. Rebel, Chandler Kendall, led Fannin in scoring with sixteen points by driving the lane. Indian, Chandler Pulley, led Lumpkin in scoring with ten points by making outside shots. With Lumpkin’s full court press, it made it difficult for Fannin to get to the basket in the first quarter. The Indians finished the first quarter with a 11-4 lead over the Rebels.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Fannin began to find ways to get past the press and score more points. The Rebels started to look up the court and find open teammates. Rebel, Jack Gobble, had a great game above the key and contributed four points for his team. Payton Holt got after it with his hustle and put thirteen points on the board for Fannin. The Rebels kept fighting for the lead at the end of the second quarter with the Indians still ahead 27-18.
The third quarter was filled with fouls from both teams. Rebel Post, Joel Kinser, contributed one point for his team from a foul shot. Jalen Ingram got aggressive down low and added two more points to Fannin’s score from the foul line. Cohutta Hyde drew fouls by driving inside and put one more point on the board for Fannin. With Fannin getting more aggressive on offense, their score got closer and closer to Lumpkin’s. At the end of the third, the Indians were still in the lead with a score of 36-30 over the Rebels.
The Rebels started to make a comeback during the fourth quarter. Fannin started to have good looks and passes inside which allowed Nathaniel Garrison to put six more points on the board. Joe Satchell played hard and got snatches on defense which resulted in him scoring seven points overall for Fannin. Two of Satchell’s seven points were made from a rebound on defense that he ran back for a layup, putting Fannin only two points behind the Indians. With the Rebels having a chance of winning the ball game, they applied heavy defensive pressure to the Indians. With the tension being high, the Rebels began to foul. As the Rebels kept fouling, the Indians score increased. Fannin hustled down the court and managed to once again be two points behind the Indians as time on the clock ran out. The Fannin Rebels endured a tough 52-50 loss to the Lumpkin Indians.
The Rebels loss puts their overall record at 2-12 while the Indians also stand at 2-12. Catch the Rebels next game on January 9 at 7:30 as they take on East Hall at home!
The game was close from the beginning to the end. Both teams were coming from a loss prior to the matchup and were determined to get a win. The Lumpkin County Lady Indians traveled to Fannin County this past Saturday to take on the Lady Rebels.
The Lady Rebels started off with the ball from tip-off. Rebel, Savada Collins, led Fannin in scoring with eleven points due to her drive to win. Lady Indians, Maddie Self and Mackenzie Pulley, led Lumpkin in scoring by each putting seven points on the board. The Lady Indians played in a zone defense which put the Rebels relying on passes to get open shots. Lumpkin double teamed Fannin and trapped them in the corner to keep them from scoring which proved to be effective in the first quarter. At the end of the first, the Lady Indians had a 6-2 lead over the Rebels.
With the second quarter starting, the Lady Rebels began to come up with ways to get to the basket past the Indians defense. Fannin started to drive the lane through the defense and draw fouls. The Rebels also started to run plays up top made for a zone defense. The plays moved the defense around with the ball and left Rebel posts wide open. Lady Rebel, Hope Franklin, had a good game from the block where she contributed seven points for Fannin. Makenzie McClure had grit down low which allowed her to put four more points on the board for the Rebels. Another Rebel post, Bailey Whitener, had rebounds that resulted in her scoring two more points for her team. The Rebels went into halftime only one point behind the Indians with a score of 17-16.
The intensity came alive at the beginning of the third quarter. With Lumpkin finding new ways to score, so did Fannin. The Lady Indians saw that the Rebels had a weak offside defense and took advantage of it. Lumpkin would draw Fannin to one side, leaving an open backdoor where the Lady Indians would come in and make wide open layups. With the Lady Indians adding onto their score, the Rebels did the same. Fannin started to take and make outside shots. Lady Rebel, Maleah Stepp, contributed five points for her team with her hustle and ability to make outside shots. Morgan Patton also added five points to Fannin’s score with her ankle-breaking moves. Out of Patton’s five points, three of them were from the three point shot that put Fannin in the lead for the first time in the game. Fannin finally took the lead at the end of the third with a score of 25-23.
Both teams fought until the end. Lumpkin would have the ball one second and then Fannin would have it the next. Each team wanted to win and you could tell by their performance on the court. Despite Lumpkin’s attempt to take their lead back, Fannin kept it and had a 34-31 victory over the Lady Indians.
The Lady Rebels win puts their overall record at 8-8 while the Lady Indians stand at 6-8. Catch the Lady Rebels next game on January 9 as they take on East Hall at home starting at 6!
This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.
It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.
The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.
With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.
Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.
The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.
Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.
The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!
In the afternoon prior to Fannin County’s game against the Union County Panthers last Friday, the sun was shining if you looked to the northern end of the field you could see Old Glory gently waving behind a comfortable breeze. Fast-forward 45 minutes and winter had come, with fans bundled up so tight in their cold-weather gear it looked like a bunch of white-walkers from the tv series Game of Thrones were entering the stands.
It was cold.
You know what else was cold? Cole Wright, senior quarterback for the Union Panthers and college-commit for West Point. Ice cold.
The Fannin Rebels’ defense had no answer for Wright, as he picked the secondary apart with precision-passing and took advantage of soft coverage when it presented itself, by eating up yardage with his feet.
Friday night’s game was the first game since the opening minute-and-a-half against Greater Atlanta Christian where we actually saw him play at 100% health. A serious foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of that loss, then restricted him in losses against Dawson, East Hall and North Hall.
The Rebels found themselves down 10-0 early, as their offense struggled to run the football and by the time senior quarterback Chandler Smith was given an opportunity to pass, the Union defense was ready for it and covered up his receivers. The Fannin coaches began rotating running backs to maximize use of their depth, and senior defensive back Jonah Henry was the first Rebel to carry the ball to paydirt for Fannin. The PAT by Sarah Sosebee was good (as always), and Fannin trailed 10-7.
It took Cole Wright less than 2-minutes to march back down the field and he carried the ball across the goal line himself for the next touchdown, Union regaining their 10-point lead, 17-7.
Determined to run the football, Fannin employed a strategy we had not seen all season from the Rebels, putting two running backs in the backfield. Senior tailback Cody Jacobs took a couple of direct snaps and cut between the tackles, stunning the Panthers. Henry lined up in the tailback position and ran the ball as well. However, on a 4th-and-2 play in their own territory and only 3:44 remaining in the half, the defense keyed on the backs and tackled Jacobs behind the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs.
Another two minutes passed, and another touchdown pass by Cole Wright put the Panthers up 24-7 with 1:22 remaining in the half. Unable to get down field with such a short period of time, Fannin would take the locker room trailing by 17.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, neither team willing to give ground to their opponents. On the first play of the 4th quarter, however, Wright hit Hemphill (#4) with a 60-yard pass to put the Panthers up 31-7.
The Rebels continued to play hard, despite trailing by 24 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game, and eventually their hard work paid off with another touchdown for Fannin.
It appeared as though the final score would be 31-14, but with 38 seconds remaining senior Cole Dockery of the Union Panthers took the ball 62-yards for the final blow, resulting in the 37-14 final.
Union County travels to take on the Lumpkin Indians this week, while Fannin County prepares for senior night as they host East Hall. East Hall suffered a shocking loss last week against North Hall, dropping them to fourth in Region 7 (AAA).
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.
Stats were not yet available for this game.
You can’t beat Friday night football in North Georgia on Friday night. You can try, but it’s tough to beat. The atmosphere is amazing, with bleachers filled from end zone to end zone. The temperature is perfect, cooling as the sun sets shortly after the National Anthem and coin toss. The attitude of the players is unique, as the eyes of each individual athlete tell a different story from his… or even HER… point of view on the field. There’s only one thing better than playing a football game on Friday night:
Winning a football game on Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Fannin County Rebels, they have been unable to do so since region play began. They beat Andrews, NC 26-0 on September 15th,
but then lost to North Hall (13-0), Greater Atlanta Christian (55-7), Dawson County (43-3) and now Lumpkin County (10-0) this past Friday night.
Make no mistake, they’ve tried. Head Coach Jim Pavao has given his team credit at the end of each game for giving a solid effort in each loss. The players have taken the field each week with a do-or-die mentality, and every coach has actively worked with their skill positions before, during and after the game.
Friday night’s loss against Lumpkin came as a shock to many, but Fannin County defensive coordinator Adam Turner warned BKP on last week’s #Rebel Wrap-up broadcast that the Indians were no push-over. Lumpkin hadn’t won a game all season, but their losses haven’t exactly been blow-outs. In fact, they put up 32 points of offense against Chestatee, a 4A school that runs a very similar offense to the Indians. Chestatee went on to win by 8-points, but that game alone was proof throughout the season that Lumpkin could play the game.
So what happened Friday night at Fannin County High School?
The answer: ridiculously efficient clock-management by the Indians in one of the slowest football games of the year. Early in the first quarter, FCHS head coach Pavao could be heard yelling at his defense from the sidelines: “Huddle up! If they’re going to huddle every play, we’ll huddle, too!”
Most of the AAA Region 7 schools run a fast-paced offense, lining up and looking to the sidelines for their offensive plays so that they can get as many opportunities under center as possible throughout the game.
Lumpkin apparently didn’t get the memo.
The Indians casually strolled to their huddle formation, checked their stocks and banking portfolios on their I-phones, sipped a cup of coffee, caught up on the weather; then strolled back into position for the next play. I think I even saw a trainer using ammonia smelling salts to wake up a left guard from a mid-huddle-nap but I might’ve just been seeing things.
Sportswriter’s note: That last part may or may not be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point. They wanted to use every second of clock possible, keeping the Rebels’ on the field.
The game plan of the Indians? Keep the defense on the field. When the offense took the field: contain the running game.
Each time Cody Jacobs took the hand-off from FCHS senior qb Chandler Smith, he was met by a relatively large, aggressive and hungry defensive front.
Every time the Indians’ qb took a snap, three different people seemed to be carrying the football at the same time and one of them was moving the chains.
As the war-of-attrition unfolded in the first quarter of play, it became clear that this game was going to be a grinder. Fortunately for Lumpkin – their kicker has a leg – and he showed just how well he kicks the football as he split the uprights from 40-yards out to take a 3-0 lead near the end of the quarter.
No one scored again until 4 minutes remaining in the game, when Fannin’s defense finally wore down. It wasn’t an easy touchdown, though. Senior linebacker Austin Brown went up in one-on-one coverage downfield and batted away a would-be touchdown play at the goalline in what was one of the most exciting defensive plays we’ve seen by the Rebels this season. The defense also had a beautiful blocked kick that prevented another score by the Indians.
At the end of the night, however, Fannin fell 10-0 and it was Lumpkin who celebrated midfield.
This Friday, the Rebels travel to Blairsville in the battle of the two winless teams in AAA Region 7: Fannin vs Union. Union has had an extra week to prepare. The Panthers are hosting in their house. It’s senior night. Coach Brian Allison and his staff have undoubtedly spent the extra time memorizing the offensive scheme of the Rebels and his young defense will hope to pull off the win.
Don’t count the Rebels out just yet, though. With the playoff picture eliminiated, they have nothing to lose. It should be a great game. Come out and support your Fannin Rebels as they face Rival Union County Friday night; kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sportswriter Player of the Week for Fannin County is #36 Jonah Henry. Henry recorded 6 tackles in the Rebels’ Homecoming game against Lumpkin. He assisted on 4 additional tackles, he had one tackle for a loss and he had one pass broken up. Henry has been a consistent part of the defensive secondary this season, as well as an asset on special teams and occasionally from the tailback position when the offensive personnel needed a break. The Rebels travel to Union County this week for the Panthers’ senior night, kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm.
On Friday night the Rebels went looking for gold in Dahlonega but sadly did not find what they were looking for.
On the first possession of the game, Lumpkin County drove the field and was able to score the first touchdown of the game with their star fullback #14 Zach Matthews. The Rebels and QB Brad Davis would then answer back with a 4 minute drive of their own ending with a rushing TD by sophomore running back Hunter Gray. The Rebels would then catch the Indians sleeping as Brad Davis would find Jacob Reece for two and take an 8-7 lead. It did not take long for Fannin to find out why #14 from Lumpkin has had 1,000 rushing for three straight seasons as he would then take the next offensive play 75 yards for a touchdown. Lumpkin would attempt a two-point conversion and fail.
On the kickoff following the touchdown, the Rebels took possession at the 1 yard-line as the Rebel player would have his momentum carry him into the end zone after catching the ball at the one. Fannin was able to move the ball out of the shadow of its own goal post but not much farther than that and would then punt the ball back to Lumpkin with just a few minutes remaining in the opening quarter. The Indians rushing game continued to find success as they would score with no time left on the clock. At the end of the first Lumpkin would lead 21-8.
On the very first offensive play of the Second Quarter, Davis would find Junior receiver, Luke Cowart for a 70 yard touchdown pass. Cowart ran right passed his man and never looked back as he crossed the goal-line. In an effort to continue their special teams advantage, the Rebels attempted a surprise onside which was just a half yard away from going in their favor. The Indians took over at the 49 yard line and immediately responded to the Rebels score with a 49 yard rushing touchdown by Lumpkin QB, Chandler Woodham. On their next possession the Rebels would leave points on the board as they turned the ball over on downs inside the 20 of Lumpkin County.
The Indians would continue the night’s big play trend as they would have a few of their own during their drive and score another rushing touchdown within a few minutes of gaining possession. Fannin would then drive the ball down the field and end with a rushing touchdown by Jacob Reece with 1:24 left in the half. During what was their final possession of the half, the Lumpkin QB would find his receiver, #23, Julian Hazen for a 72 yard touchdown pass with :48 left in the half. The score at half would end up being 42-21, Lumpkin.
The Rebels would receive the opening kick and move the ball very well. Davis would find Reece and Pavao multiple times during the second half, and some great running by Hunter Gray would help move the ball for the Rebels. However Fannin would fumble the football at the five yard line on their opening drive of the second half, leaving even more points on the field. The two teams would then trade punts before the next score occurred. The Lumpkin QB once again broke free, this time for a 69 yard rushing touchdown. Fannin would then go on about a five minute drive, this time ending it with a rushing touchdown. Unfortunately on the ensuing kickoff Rebels Senior, Jeremy Lim, was injured and this is a huge blow to this team. At the end of the third the score was 49-29, Lumpkin.
The Indians were able to start the final quarter with a 70 yard drive ending in yet another rushing touchdown with 8 minutes left in the game. Neither team was able to move the ball on the following possessions. After getting the ball back from Lumpkin County, Jacob Reece found the end zone once again on the ground, and then catch his second two-point conversion of the night. The Indians struggled bringing down the 6’2″ senior all night. He was a force for the Rebels every single time he was on the field. However, the Indians would score again with under a minute left in the game. Ending the game by a final of 63-37.
The Rebels have officially been eliminated from playoff contention at 0-4 in the region.
Next week the Rebels take on the Union County Bobcats for Senior Night. Come out and support these seniors as they walk onto the Battlefield for the final time.
The Rebels and Lady Rebels of Fannin County High School made Fannin’s faithful fans nervous on Tuesday winning two close games to region Lumpkin.