Last night, the Fannin County Football Team traveled to Cherokee Bluff to take on the Bears for their first region game. The Rebels had just come from a 34-30 victory and hoped to carry the trend into their region.
Fannin received the ball from kickoff where Cohutta Hyde caught it at the 10 yard line. The Rebels seemed to be off to a rocky start on offense where they fumbled the ball for Cherokee Bluff to earn possession, but Fannin’s defense was able to recover. Not only was Will Mosley an asset on defense, but he also gained a lot of yards for Fannin from handoffs. It was a back and forth game as both teams held the other. Cherokee Bluff put more defensive pressure on Fannin where they had another fumble for the Bear’s to recover as the first quarter came to an end.
The Rebels defense started to give it back to the Bears as Jakob Tuggle recovered a Cherokee Bluff fumble for Fannin to take over at the 18 yard line. Hyde dove for a pass from Luke Holloway to put Fannin in perfect scoring position at the 1 yard line for Treylyn Owensby to run it in on the next play for a Rebel touchdown! Sara Sosebee’s kick for the extra point was good, putting Fannin ahead 7-0. Jalen Ingram kicked off for the Rebels where the Bears gained eight yards on the return. Jackson Weeks hustled on defense as he deflected a pass meant for Cherokee Bluff. After more back and forth of the defenses holding the other, Fannin had another fumble for the Bear’s to recover at their 40 yard line. After Fannin’s defense kept Cherokee Bluff from scoring, The Rebel’s offense redeemed themselves. Thanks to heavy defensive pressure that Tuggle provided, the Bear’s threw an interception to Jalen Ingram who ran the ball all the way to Fannin’s end zone for a 75 yard touchdown! Soesbee had another good kick, putting Fannin ahead 14-0 to end the first half.
Ingram started off the third quarter with the kick off. As the Bears ran up the field to gain yards, Jackson Weeks intercepted the ball for Fannin at the 40 yard line. After deflecting passes and holding the Rebels, the Bears made their mark on offense. A penalty on Fannin results in a Cherokee Bluff first down for the Bears to run it all the way for a 79 yard touchdown. Their attempt at an extra point was good, putting the score at 14-7. As the clock wound down, Fannin kept fighting to push towards their end zone.
Will Mosley made a big play as he ran the ball in for another Rebel touchdown, followed by another made kick by Sosebee to put Fannin ahead 21-7. Tuggle had another great play on defense as he sacked the quarterback. Hyde caught the Bears punt to earn 1st and 10 at the 48 yard line. Owensby was the go to guy for handoffs as he pushed through the defense to gain yards for Fannin. Mosley almost saved the day by recovering a Fannin fumble, just for one to happen again on the next play for Cherokee Bluff to recover. Cason Owensby made his presence known on defense as he got a hand on the ball and deflected a pass. Both teams played a solid defense to close out the fourth quarter as they refused to let the other score. As time ran out, Fannin found themselves with a 21-7 victory over the Cherokee Bluff Bears.
Fannin’s victory puts their overall record at 4-1 and their region record at 1-0! Catch Fannin’s next game, next Friday as they travel to take on East Hall @ 7:30pm!
Coach Chad Cheatham stepped to the podium to thank the supporters of the Rebel Football program. From Small business, School staff, and the Fannin School Board to the most important supporters, the parents of the athletes. He continued to thank his wife and family for their believing in him and allowing him to spend all the long hours away from home. In an emotional statement, Coach Cheatham mentioned a few gentlemen that were instrumental in his life as a young man growing up in Fannin County. Falling just short of tears, you could see the heartfelt thank you given to the ones in attendance who coached him in recreation football. After announcing the player of the week recipients from Team FYN Sports and Kevin Panter Insurance, the program focused on the cheerleaders for the 2018 season. These ladies work year-round to be ready competitions and to the fans, football season. Standing on the sidelines through any weather that a Friday night brings, these ladies are there to cheer on their team.
Drawing near the end of the Rebel celebration, Cheatham returned to the podium for the main awards of the night. Approximately 40 players walked across the stage to receive the Varsity Letter for participation in the 2018 football season. Next up for the event was the announcement of the individual awards. (see list below) The final announcement of the evening was the voting for the 2019 Rebel Captains. The four leaders were chosen to wear the “C” next season was Luke Holloway, Miles Johnson, Will Moseley, and Jackson Weeks.
Mason Rhodes: Most Valuable Player, Sledge Hammer Award, Defensive Player of the Year, and 1st Team All-Region
Miles Johnson: Sledge Hammer Award, Linesman Award, and 1st Team All-Region
Will Moseley: Sledge Hammer Award, G.U.S. Award, 1st All-Region, and 2019 Team Captain
Michael Louis: Sledge Hammer Award
Mason Bundy: Sledge Hammer Award
Treylyn Owensby: Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Region
Micah Oneal: Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team All-Region
Jackson Weeks: G.U.S. Award, 1st Team All-Region, 2019 Rebel Captain
7-AAA 2nd Team All-Region: Timothy Garland, Luke Holloway, Tate Heaton
7-AAA 1st Team All-Region: Will Moseley, Miles Johnson, Treylyn Owensby, Mason Rhodes, Jackson Weeks
The Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week is Micah O’Neal. Micah played very well with 9 tackles and 3 assist in the loss to the Spartans of GAC last Friday night.
With the first round of GHSA State Playoffs starting this week the Rebels will go to the home of the Yellow Jackets of Calhoun High School. O’Neal is ready to hit the field and hopefully better the numbers that he put up last week.
Congratulations to Micah and Keep Wrapping Up!! GO REBELS!!
The Fannin Rebels came in to Friday’s game against the Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian hyped up and ready to face the challenge. The Spartans are known as a powerhouse team that is both state and nationally ranked. These Spartans (6-0 in Region) generally put out several Division 1 athletes each year. None of this mattered to the Rebels as it was just another team on the schedule.
The Rebels held nothing back as they took the field for the last regular season game in the 2018 season. The Spartans took a 37-14 victory in the end to set the record for Fannin at 4-6 overall and 3-3 in 7-AAA. 1st year Head Coach Chad Cheatham has his guys battle every game this year and it was different in this one. Defensively the Rebels played well against the high powered Spartans. G.A.C. scored 14 in the 1st quarter, 16 in the 2nd and 7 in the third in the victory. Leading the stats for the Rebel defense were Tate Heaton with 6 solo tackles, 3 assist and 5 pass break ups, Rhodes had 7 tackles, 3 assist and 1 tackle for loss, Micah O’Neal had 9 tackles and 3 assist. Other Rebels had a multiple tackle night as well.
Luke Holloway and his offense struggled to work the ball up and down the field against a powerful Spartan defense. The Rebels still had a good night with Holloway putting up a 89 percent completion rate going 5 of 12 for 93 yards through the air. Jalen Ingram led receivers with 3 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, Rushing on the night had the Rebels total 95 yards on the ground. Holloway carried the ball 5 times for 20 yards. Leading all ball carriers was Tim Garland. Garland had 11 touches for 69 yards and a touchdown. The Rebels had 2 fourth quarter touchdowns in the 37-14 defeat at the hands of the Spartans.
With the 2018 regular season officially over, the Rebels turn their focus the AAA state Playoffs. Making the AAA playoffs for the first time in school history, Coach Cheatham and his Rebels face the #1 seed Calhoun Yellow Jackets. Fannin will travel to Calhoun this Friday for a 7:30 kick off at the home of the Yellow Jackets. GO REBELS!!
The Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week for Week 7 is Luke Holloway. In the Loss to North Hall, Luke Holloway was 7 of 17 through the air for 123 yards and 1 touchdown. #12 also carried the ball for 11 times for 41 yards. His 164 yards in the game accounted for over half of the 217 total in the game.
Luke Holloway is just a Sophomore and has been the field general for the Rebels this year. His composure as quarterback has played a major part in helping the Fannin Rebels reach the playoffs for the first time in Class AAA.
Keep up the great work Luke and Team FYN Sports can’t to watch you continue to mature as a player and a young man!
The Player of the Week for 10-29-2018 is Sarah Sosebee. Wearing number 86, Sosebee has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the crucial extra points after a Rebel touchdown. In this past Friday night’s history making victory over the Indians of Lumpkin County, Sarah Sosebee was a perfect 5 for 5 in the game. These 5 points didn’t come into play Friday’s game but could’ve proved necessary in a closer score.
Sosebee being a former soccer player has the intensity needed and yet is able to hold her nerves in check when she steps on to the football field.
Congratulations to Sarah Sosebee for being chosen the Team FYN Sports Sports Writer Player of the Week for October 26, 2018.
TeamFetchYourNews Sports Reporter’s Player of the Week goes out to 88 Jalen Ingram. Jalen Ingram is a Sophomore at Fannin County High School. Ingram plays Tight End and Defensive Line for the Fannin Rebels. Ingram played a good game Friday night, scoring a 24-yard touchdown for the Rebels. Ingram gained a combined total of 75+ yards in kickoff returns for the Rebels. In the third quarter of the game on Friday, Holloway made a 30-yard connection with Ingram getting the Rebels closer to Trojans red zone.
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.