Both teams were seeking redemption last night as the Fannin Rebels traveled to take on the Union Panthers. Each team had lost their games prior to the matchup and were ready for a win.
It was an intense game from the start. The Rebels started off with the ball and made the most of it. Rebel, Payton Holt, had an amazing game and led his team in scoring with twenty-six points. Panther, Pierce Allison, led his team in scoring with seventeen points due to his ability to make three pointers. It was a close game at the end of the first with Fannin in the lead 10-9.
The Rebels were on fire the entire game. They all moved the ball around well and found a way to play that showed every individuals talent. Joe Satchell proved to have extraordinary hustle by getting his own rebounds and contributing ten points for the Rebels. Another guard for the Rebels, Chandler Kendall, was not afraid to drive through the defense and added seven points onto the board. Fannin still had the lead at the end of the second with a score of 20-17.
Fannin had even more hustle at the start of the second half. The Panthers started to apply heavy defensive pressure and trap the Rebels in the corner. Fannin started to look inside for passes and found Nathaniel Garrison who got aggressive downlow and added seven points to the board. Another post for the Rebels, Joel Kinser, had rebounds on the block and contributed three more points to Fannin’s score. Fannin gained confidence in their outside shooting and started taking shots above the key. Rebel, Jack Gobble, contributed three points for the Rebels by making a deep three pointer. Chase Culpepper has made three point shots the past several games and continued the trend last night by making one more for the Rebels. Fannin extended their lead over Union at the end of the third with a score of 38-25.
With the Panthers fighting to make a come back, they started to foul. Union made a total of eleven fouls in just the fourth quarter by trying to keep the Rebels from scoring. Everyone on the court from both teams played hard and gave the game their all. The Rebels played their best game of the season and walked away with a 59-44 victory over the Panthers.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 3-15 while Union stands at 13-4. Catch the Rebels next game on January 16 at 8:30 as they travel to take on the Lumpkin Indians!
Last night the Lady Rebels traveled to Union County to take on the Lady Panthers. Both teams were coming from losses the game prior to the matchup and ready to play for redemption.
The Lady Panthers started with the ball. Lady Rebel, Maleah Stepp, led her team in scoring with nine points due to her ability to make outside shots. Lady Panther, Kait McCarter led her team in scoring with twenty-five points by driving the lane. Out of Reagan Henderson’s six points, two were made from a buzzer beater shot downlow to finish the first quarter with the score at 11-7 with the Panthers in the lead.
It was a back and forth game from the start of the second quarter. The Rebels took the lead just to have it taken away from them. Maddie Johnson contributed three points for the Rebels with her scrappy playing. Fannin relied on plays and passes to score while Union drove right through the defense for layups. This allowed Makenzie McClure to have a good game on the block and add five points onto the Rebels score. Another Rebel post, Hope Franklin, had rebounds inside and added four more points to the board. The Lady Panthers extended their lead over the Rebels at the end of the second with a score of 26-19.
With the Lady Panthers full court pressing, it made it harder for the Rebels to get to the basket and score. Mackenzie Johnson started to get the hang of the press and flew by her opponents, contributing two points for the Lady Rebels. Fannin also started to look up the court and lead teammates with passes to break the press. Union started to do even more damage by taking advantage of Fannin’s weak offside defense and sneaking through the backdoor to score more points. The Panthers wrap up the third quarter with a 37-24 lead over the Rebels.
Fannin started to fight back at the start of the fourth. The Rebels started to get after it by taking and making fouls. Lady Rebels, Emily Beavers and Morgan Patton, made fouls in hopes of keeping the Panthers from scoring with their aggressive playing. Savada Collins and Bailey Whitener for the Rebels drew fouls with their hustle. Despite the Rebels effort to make a come back, the Panthers pranced away with a 45-29 win.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 8-10 while the Panthers stand at 12-5. Catch the Lady Rebels next game January 16 at 6:00 as they travel to take on the Lumpkin County Indians.
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.
This week’s #TeamFYNSport Sportswriter Player of the Week for Fannin County High School is senior runningback Cody Jacobs. Jacobs has carried the workload of the offense for the Rebels all season long, taking a majority of the carries in the Rebels’ running game and this week was no different as Fannin found success moving the sticks with a committed running attack. He racked up a “bunch” of yards against the Panthers, but we really don’t have any idea how many yards he actually recorded because we typically don’t get offensive stats from Fannin until 10-12 days after the games are played. Jacobs also took several snaps in the second quarter, as the Rebels moved personnel around and took advantage of direct-snap opportunities to throw the defense off-guard in some gutsy and entertaining play-calling. Great job Cody Jacobs, and best wishes this Friday as Fannin hosts East Hall for senior night and the final football game of the season for the Rebels.
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.
TeamFYNSports director Jason Banks called in this morning for our Monday Morning Quarterback segment. He and BKP discussed Fannin’s tough loss to Lumpkin, Ridgeland’s win over Pickens, and East Hall’s loss at Dawson. Follow TeamFYNSports for all your up to date high school football coverage in our North Ga region. Every Friday night we have your complete sideline coverage.
8/18/2017 – (Blue Ridge, GA)
The mania and excitement for the 2017 Solar Eclipse has taken Fannin County by storm, with tourists and locals flocking to grocery stores for their milk and bread as they prepared for the rare historic event. On Friday night, however, the Fannin County Rebels hosted the Gilmer Bobcats and made a little history of their own. In fact, while the offense steadily marched up and down the field, seemingly to the tempo of the FCHS band percussion beats; the defense completely shut the Cats out — a performance only to be eclipsed by the six PAT’s by Rebel kicker Sarah Sosebee. With each swing of her leg, Sosebee made history; she was the first and only female to ever score a point in a Fannin County football game.
The Rebels struck first, scoring on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Norton (#1) to Luke Cowart (#85) as Cowart cut through the heart of the secondary and darted into the end zone. A packed stadium held it’s breath and then shook the dust off the bleachers with cheers as Sarah Sosebee (#86) booted her first PAT of the night. “I was really nervous [and] didn’t want to let my team down,” Sosebee told TeamFYNSports after the game. “After I kicked and it was good I realized my hands were shaking but I was super excited at the same time.” Sosebee, whose kicking experience prior to this season was primarily as a soccer player, tore her ACL two years ago while playing on a boys’ travel team. Doctors told her she’d never play competitive soccer again. “My parents encouraged me to try something new. I always loved going to the soccer field and shooting for hours – that gave us the idea of kicking a football,” Sosebee said as she shared the details of her journey from the soccer field to the football field. “My dad asked Coach Pavao if I could try out for a kicker position. I worked out with the team and Coach Pavao let me join the team. I thank God for answering my prayers in a surprising way, and I’m really thankful to be part of a great team and a community who has given me an amazing amount of support and encouragement!”
Following the kickoff, Fannin answered any questions Gilmer may have had about the Rebels’ defense. Three quick snaps later the Bobcats’ punter was on the field, only to have the long-snapped ball sail over his head toward the end zone. The punter scooped the ball up before being tackled inside the 1-yard line, a turnover on downs. Norton took the snap and put the ball in running back Cody Jacob’s (#15) breadbasket, bouncing to the outside and across the goal line for a 13-0 lead. Sosebee once again split the uprights, Fannin leading 14-0 with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter.
Following the Rebel kickoff, the Gilmer Cats once again found themselves overwhelmed by the speed and aggressiveness of the Fannin Rebel defensive front. Rebel linebackers Brett Galloway (#9) and Mason Rhodes (#44) and defensive lineman Keenan Putnam (#52) closed in on the Cats’ quarterback and as the pressure built, he sent the ball into the turf, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty. A failed screen pass snuffed out by the Rebel defensive backs forced Gilmer to once again punt the football.
The following possession for the Rebels offense kicked off the second quarter and they wasted no time confusing the Bobcats with a variety of ground and air attacks. Fatigue began to show in the Gilmer defensive front and the Rebels took advantage of it, handing the ball to Jacobs to pound it at the heart of the defense, then quickly resetting and sending the ball through the air to a versatile receiving core. From their own 48-yard-line, Norton took the snap from center Bradley Flowers (#66) and threw a swing pass to Jacobs. Jacobs took the pass to the house, a 52-yard completion, but a penalty brought the ball back to the Gilmer 30. After another brilliant run by Jacobs up the gut, Norton found Dawson King (#30) in the end zone for the third unanswered score of the game. Following the PAT, Fannin extended the lead to 21-0 (6:02 remaining in the 2nd quarter) and never looked back. Luke Cowart (#85) hauled in a beautiful spiral thrown by Norton for a 46-yard touchdown with less than five minutes remaining in the half.
Late in the third quarter, the Rebels were once again marching down the field and controlling the tempo of the game, with an outstanding performance running the football. Jacobs cut through the defense, bouncing off defenders and racing toward the pylon in a valiant attempt to extend the Rebel lead. Despite a holding penalty that overturned a touchdown, the Rebels went back to Jacobs on the following play and he carried the pigskin through the end zone. After three quarters of football, Fannin led Gilmer 35-0. With 8:54 remaining in the game, Matt Postell (#41) carried the ball across the goal line for the final touchdown of the game.
Statistically, this was an absolute nightmare for the Gilmer Bobcats, and the Fannin Rebels literally controlled every aspect of the game from start to finish. The Rebel offense racked up 359 yards, while the defense held the Cats to only 33 yards of total offense (all 33 yards coming by way of running the football). Fannin’s balanced attack gave way to 163 yards through the air and 196 yards on the ground; many of which came by way of Rebel running back Cody Jacobs (#15). Jacobs led the Rebels offensively with 21 carries for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. He averaged 4.3 yards each time he touched the football.
Rebel receivers Dawson King (#30) and Luke Cowart (#85) also played a vital role in the Rebels’ ability to reach paydirt. King caught 3 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown while Cowart hauled in 3 receptions for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Perhaps even more impressive that the offense, was the dominance of field position by the Fannin Rebel defense. The Gilmer quarterback struggled under relentless pressure and the Fannin defense penetrated the backfield seemingly at-will. Although the pressure did not lead to any turnovers, it forced seven 3-and-outs for the Cats as Gilmer was unable to convert a single third down in the game. Fannin, however, converted 8-of-10 third downs and was only forced to punt the football twice.
Fannin has a bye this week before returning to action Friday, September 1 at Ringgold. The Tigers (0-1)lost their game at Northwest Whitfield High School (1-0) last week, 48-29; they face rival Heritage (1-0) this week. Heritage won on the road last week as they rolled over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (0-1) 39-7 (all 39 points coming in the first half of play). For more photos from the game and live updates throughout the season visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fetchyournews
On Friday night the Fannin County Rebels celebrated their Seniors for their final home game.
On the opening drive the Rebels defense was looking sharp. On a third and long the Union quarterback, Cole Wright, threw the ball deep downfield and a big hit by Mason Rhodes, the Fannin Linebacker, broke up the big gain. On the following play the Panthers punter mishandled the snap but was able to get the kick off before it was tipped, and also getting hit on the play. The Rebels were going to get the ball around the 40 until a flag for roughing the kicker went flying. I have never in my life seen a call that bad, and that call alone set the tone for the game.
The Panthers were able to take advantage of their second chance and march the ball down the field, scoring the games first touchdown. The Rebels, and QB Brad Davis were glad to see a familiar face back on the sideline as Cooper Earls returned from injury. Davis wasted no time on the opening drive, finding his favorite receiver for a touchdown. The Rebels attempted a two-point conversion but were unsuccessful in the attempt. The Panthers would respond with another touchdown after the Rebels score, now leading 14-6. The Rebels were moving the ball rather well on the following drive before stalling and having to punt the ball back to the Panthers. This time driving the field and forcing the ball in on a 3rd and goal at the 1-yard line. After the first the Panthers lead the Rebels 21-6.
During their first drive of the second half the Rebels advanced the ball onto the Union side of the field before a Union defender jumped the route and intercepted the ball, returning it 30 yards before being brought down. Just a few plays later the Union QB, broke free and scored on a 45 yard touchdown run. Davis continued to struggle through the air in the 2nd Quarter as the defense would intercept two more passes before the half ended. In the 2nd quarter the Panthers scored 21 points off turnovers. At halftime Union led 49-9.
The Rebels would drive the length of the field but would not be able to punch in the ball, as the drive would stall inside the 5 yard line. As the Panthers took over, with the shadow of the goalpost on their uniforms, they would turn to the ground game. On 3rd and about 8, the Union running back Bo Lynch busted through the line and headed for the goal line. Only to be called back because of an illegal block in the back. The Panthers would later go on to score on that drive. After allowing another score the Rebels tried to mount an incredible comeback, now being down 56-9. A score at which you would expect absolutely nothing to happen. Fannin would go on an impressive driving ending with a 30 rushing score by Cooper Earls. On the ensuing kickoff the Rebels would go with an onside kick by Senior kicker Brandon Carranza. I have never seen someone this talented when it comes to an onside kick. When thats what they decide to do, you can almost bet that the Rebels will recover, and in most cases Carranza recovers his own kicks.
With great field position the Rebels would only need to go 48 yards to score. They would get down to the goal-line and use a QB sneak to score again. On the next kickoff the Rebels would once again turn to Carranza for an onside kick. The Rebels would go on to recover this one also. Senior, Jacob Reese would also have the biggest hit of the game on the onside. Clearing the way for a Rebels recovery. Followed by another Rebels touchdown. The Rebels would not attempt for three-in-a-row for the onside kick. Instead they would kick it over the heads of the Union players. Union would recover. A few plays later the Union QB would once again break down the field for yet another big touchdown run, putting any talks of a comeback to rest. On their final possession the Rebels would put even more points on the board as Brad Davis would once again find Cooper Earls down the sideline for the games final touchdown. The final of this one, Union 63 and Fannin 39.
The Rebels have struggled with stopping the run all year, especially so in the past two weeks. Next week the Rebels head to East Hall to take on a very fast team. Both teams will be fighting for pride next week as both teams are 0-5 in the Region.
The Fannin County High School Rebels football team took to the road on Friday and made the short drive up to Union County to take on the Panthers. Junior quarterback Joseph Mancuso for the Panthers was just too much, throwing four TD passes in the first quarter to put up Union a 35-8 win.
The Fannin High School Rebels baseball team has started the 2014 baseball season off with three wins in four games, with the lone loss coming on the road to the Panthers of Union County. The Rebels have posted wins over Towns County, Gilmer, and most recently a monstrous mangling of Murray, 14-1. (more…)