Last night, the Fannin Co. Rebels played an amazing game against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders to earn the 40-35 victory Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Blue Ridge.
Fannin trailed right behind Southeast Whitfield for the majority of the game. The Rebels never got farther than six points behind the Raiders. Anytime the Raiders would score, the Rebels would be right there to do the same. As Fannin was right behind their opponent, Kaden Twiggs turned things around and brought everyone to their feet as he tied the game 28-28 to end the third quarter.
The Raiders earned the ball from tipoff where they hustled to put the ball into action. It was a very fast paced game of back and forth as Southeast Whitfield was the first to score and extend their lead over the Rebels who refused to let it get any larger than six points. Landon Norton and Kaden Twiggs were the two who put the points on the board in the first quarter. Norton was the first to score a basket as he drove for a layup and shortly after that, followed up with a three point shot. The sophomore earned seven points for the night overall to add to the Rebel’s score. Twiggs also put a three point shot on the board for Fannin, but followed it with drives to the basket that resulted in him scoring nine points for the night. After a made 3-point shot, foul shots, and layups, the Raiders ended the first quarter with a 12-8 lead over the Rebels.
Southeast Whitfield had great passes up the court to get ahead of Fannin’s offense and extend their lead. Starting point guard, Jordan Bennett, answered their call as he made a 3-point shot from above the wing to add to Fannin’s score. Senior Jerritt Holloway got after it on defense as he made a steal and ran it all the way back for a layup. Holloway got after it as he also added a 3-point shot and six made free throws to lead the Rebels in scoring for the night with 11 points. The Raiders continued to add to their score as they had steals of their own and great passes inside to their posts to put the score at 22-20 to go into halftime.
Tucker Hanson made his presence known in the second half of the game as he proved to be an asset. While he had many great defensive plays, he also rebounded for Fannin and added a much needed nine points on the board. Bennett made a pass to Hanson to score a layup and put the score at 28-26. This set Twiggs up for the turning point of the game as he made a layup with 18 seconds left to tie the game 28-28.
Jerritt Holloway was the one to put Fannin ahead for the first time in the game as he pulled up for a shot and put the score at 30-28. The Raiders managed to tie the game back up with a shot from down low. Holloway kept fighting as he drove to the basket for a layup and drew a foul. The senior made both of his foul shots, putting Fannin ahead 32-30. On the very next play, the Raiders drew a foul and made both of their shots to tie the game 32-32. Hanson was the one to put Fannin ahead for good as he banked a three point shot and put Fannin ahead 35-32. Brady Martin continued the trend as he drew a foul and added one point to Fannin’s score from a foul shot. Holloway was the one to close out the game with his 100% made foul shots for the night. The senior was fouled two more times after Martin’s shot and made all four of his foul shots, leaving Fannin with a 40-35 victory over the Raiders.
Catch the Rebels next game Saturday as they participate in the Ellijay Tournament!
For the first round of the state playoffs, Fannin traveled to Decatur to take on the Cedar Grove Saints. Fannin had just come from a tough loss to Greater Atlanta Christian the game before and hoped to redeem themselves with a win to stay in the playoffs.
With Cedar Grove receiving the ball, Jalen Ingram made a squib kick to start things off for Fannin. The Saints started off hot as they had a long run on the receive to take over at the 30 yard line where Sawyer Moreland made the tackle for Fannin. It took Cedar Grove no time at all to break through the Rebel’s defense and make a 15 yard run into their end zone to score a touchdown. Instead of playing it safe and going for the extra point, the Saints decided to back it up and kick a field goal for three points, putting them ahead 9-0. Andre Bivens was on the return for Fannin where he was able to get in a short run before meeting the Saint’s defense. Seniors Treylyn Owensby and Will Mosley were the go-to guys for the night on hand offs as they would do their best to make their way up the field. It took Cedar Grove no time to shut down Fannin and have another turn on offense. After Ingram’s squib kick on the kickoff, Moreland continued his trend for the night as he made another big stop for Fannin. Despite seniors Jackson Weeks and Jakob Tuggle’s great effort on defense, the Rebels were unable to stop the Saints from running in for another touchdown. With a successful extra point attempt, Cedar Grove led Fannin 16-0 to end the first quarter.
After Ingram’s great punt, Cedar Grove was showing no mercy as they moved right through the Rebel’s defense. In no time at all, the Saints found themselves scoring another touchdown from a 55 yard run. The extra point extended their lead 23-0. Carson Beavers received the ball from kickoff where he had a short run. On the very next play, Will Mosley was handed the ball as he pushed his way past the defense to earn a Fannin County first down! Sadly, the Rebels were unable to make their way up the field any farther before the defense could earn their fourth down. Jake Sands was the one to make the tackle for Fannin on the return this time around. The Saints ran the ball all night and used their speed and agility to their advantage as they juked right through Fannin’s defense. JoJo Goodwin had good coverage for the night as he kept a touchdown pass from being caught for the Saints. With Cedar Grove being in great scoring position, they managed to run the ball in for another touchdown, putting the score at 30-0 after the extra point. Beavers was still on the return for Fannin as he had a great carry for the Rebels to take over at the 31 yard lie. Quarterback Luke Holloway completed a pass to Owensby to move Fannin up the field to set Treylyn up for a carry on the next play that would earn Fannin a first down to go into halftime.
The Rebels defense came alive to start off the third quarter. Tuggle continued his great night as he earned a lot of big stops. Micah O’Neal and Campbell Cosentino followed the trend as they did the same for Fannin. Seth Reece made himself known on defense for the night as he earned a quarterback sack, setting the trend for Jakob Tuggle to do it again on the next play. After a successful turn on defense of keeping the Saints from scoring, Fannin took their turn on offense. Owensby was given a hand off from Holloway and was able to earn a Rebel first down! Mosley followed the trend as he did the same exact thing on the next play. With Fannin in great scoring position, Cedar Grove was able to earn a fourth down before the Rebels could make their way into the end zone. With both teams keeping the other from scoring, the score remained at 30-0 to end the third quarter.
Once again, the Rebels were able to hold the Saints and they finally made their mark on offense. As Fannin made their way into scoring position, Holloway found Ingram wide open in the end zone and threw to the Rebel for their first touchdown of the night. Freshman, Carson Collis, was the one to kick the extra point for Fannin and put the score at 30-7. The Saints answered Fannin’s call as they got the ball back and ran right through the Rebel’s defense to run 29 yards for a touchdown. Sawyer Moreland blocked their kick for an extra point to close out the game, leaving Cedar Grove with a 36-7 victory.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 6-5 and leaves their region record at 3-3. Congratulations to the Fannin Rebels on a great season and for making it to the playoffs for a second year in a row!
Last night, the Fannin County Rebels traveled to Dawsonville to take on the Tigers. Fannin had just come from a tough 38-0 loss to the North Hall Trojans and hoped to redeem themselves with a win.
It took no time at all for Dawsonville to make their mark as scored their first touchdown to get an early lead. The Rebels answered their call as Will Mosley had a 70 yard run to put Fannin in perfect scoring position at the two yard line. Luke Holloway handed the ball off to Treylyn Owensby on the next play for him to run it in the end zone and Sara Sosebee to kick an extra point to tie up the game 7-7! Dawson refused to give up their lead as they pushed their way up the field through Fannin’s defense and scored another touchdown to put the score at 14-7. Dawson’s defense was solid as they had no problem stopping Fannin from reaching their end zone. When the Tigers earned possession again, they managed to run past Fannin and score another touchdown to end the first quarter with a 21-7 lead
The Rebels started off the second quarter on offense where they mostly ran the ball. Holloway’s go to guys for handoffs for the night were Mosley and Owensby who fought to earn yards for Fannin. After seeing the Tigers take down the Rebels running game, Luke looked up the field to find JoJo Goodwin as an open target for a complete pass. After the Tigers took down the Rebels offense, Dalton Ross made his mark on defense for Fannin as he made big stops. Despite Fannin’s hustle, the Tigers offense juked right through Fannin to score another touchdown. Andre Bivens received the punt and returned the ball to the 40 yard line for the Rebels. Despite Bivens great run, the Rebels were pushed back to the 30 yard line due to a holding penalty. Thanks to Dawson’s solid defense, the Rebels struggled to gain any yards before the Tigers could get the ball back and make a long pass to score another touchdown. Holloway began to throw the ball more in hopes to gain yards and found Seth Reece up the field for a complete pass. Holloway was able to run the ball with a quarterback sneak to earn a first down for Fannin. While Fannin advanced up the field, the Tigers were able to keep them from their end zone and go into halftime with a 35-7 lead.
As Sosebee kicked off the ball to start the second half, James Mercer made a stop from the Tigers return. Micah O’Neal also made big stops for the night but sadly were not enough to keep Dawson from making a pass into their end zone for another touchdown. When Fannin came back on offense, they were unable to gain enough yards to keep possession, putting the ball back into the hands of the Tigers to run it in for another touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good, putting Dawson ahead 48-7 to end the third quarter.
After Fannin had no luck on their possession, Dawson was able to make their way up the field to the 20 yard line where they kicked a field goal to extend their lead. Will Mosley showed hustle on the punt as he recovered the ball to give Fannin possession. To end the game, sophomore Carter Mann went into the game as quarterback as he completed a pass to Sawyer Moreland for the clock to wind down on the Tigers 51-7 victory.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 5-3 and their region record at 2-2. Catch Fannin’s next game as they take on Lumpkin County for their homecoming game at 7:30!
Last night, the Fannin County Rebel Football team traveled to LaFayette to take on the Ramblers. Although this was not a region game, Fannin was determined to get another win to start off their record 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Fannin received the ball first where they had no trouble putting it into action. For the first touchdown of the game, Rebel quarterback Luke Holloway ran the ball into the end zone. Sara Sosebee’s attempt at an extra point was good, putting Fannin ahead 7-0. James Mercer and Sawyer Moreland had stops on defense for the Rebels, but it was not enough to keep the Ramblers from breaking through to run for a touchdown and tie the game with a successful extra point attempt. When it was Fannin’s turn on defense again, Carson Beavers showed off his hustle as he intercepted the ball and earned a Rebel first down! Down the field, Holloway made a pass to Cohutta Hyde who had an amazing jumping catch for another Fannin first down. With the Rebels in scoring position, Holloway made a pass to Jaylen Ingram in the end zone to score another Rebel touchdown. Sosebee’s point was good, putting Fannin ahead 14-7 to end the first quarter.
While Fannin relied on passing to gain most of their yards, LaFayette ran the ball most of the night. As they got closer to the end zone, they ran the ball for another Rambler touchdown and tied up the game with a kick for an extra point. As Fannin was executing their passing game, an almost caught ball for Fannin turned into a LaFayette interception. Senior, Jakob Tuggle, had big plays on defense where he ran through the line and sacked the quarterback. When Fannin had possession of the ball again, Holloway made a long pass up the field to Carson Beavers for a Rebel first down. Right after Beaver’s catch, Holloway threw another pass, but this time it found itself in Will Mosley’s hands as he ran into the end zone to give Fannin the lead. Sosebee continued her trend and added an extra point to Fannins score, putting them ahead 21-14 to go into halftime.
The Ramblers had a long kick off return to start the second half. As LaFayette tried to run the ball up the field, they found Mason Bundy and Miles Johnson ready to stop their next move. Treylyn Owensby was the go to guy for handoffs where he would juke through the defense and gain yards for Fannin. Owensby was handed the ball once again by Holloway and he pushed through the heavy defense for a Rebel touchdown, followed by an extra point made by Sosebee. With Fannin ahead 28-14, Alex White executed a squib kick in hopes of preventing a return. Hyde was just as alive on defense as he was offense when he made an interception to end the third quarter.
On a Fannin first down, Holloway finds Owensby to hand the ball to score his second touchdown of the night. The extra point by Sosebee put Fannin ahead 35-14 to set the pace for the final quarter. With another squib kick from White, the Rebel’s defense was solid. As Fannin applied heavy defensive pressure, the Ramblers fumbled the ball for Fannin to recover it. Seth Reece had carries and gained yards for the Rebels to put them in scoring position. As Holloway looked up the field to get rid of the ball, he found Hyde in the end zone to catch a pass for Fannin and score once again for Sosebee to follow right behind with a perfect kick. Instead of returning the ball on the squib kick, the Ramblers decided to take a knee. Just as LaFayette was about to score, Austin Belyeu intercepted the ball for Fannin and let the clock run out with the Rebels ahead 42-14.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 4-0. Catch the Rebel’s next game Friday, September 13 as they take on Union County at home!
Last night, fans filled the Fannin County High School stadium to watch the first football game of the season against their rival, the Gilmer Bobcats. Fannin had won both of their scrimmages the past two Fridays and hoped to carry the trend over into the season. Gilmer on the other hand has had a hard time putting together all of the pieces for the past two years where they have not won their past 30 games from previous seasons and hoped to break the streak.
On the coin toss, Fannin won and decided to receive the ball. Cohutta Hyde came out ready to play as Luke Holloway threw him the ball for a 53 yard touchdown for the second play of the game. When Gilmer saw that they were just short of the endzone, they kicked a field goal for 3 and made it. On offense, Will Mosley was handed the ball to gain a lot of yards for Fannin to put them in great scoring position. On the next play, Rebel quarterback Luke Holloway ran the ball past the defense for a 26 yard touchdown, closing out the first quarter with Fannin ahead 14-3.
The Rebels were all over every aspect of the game. Will Mosely got things started in the second quarter as he ran the ball for a 21 yard touchdown. Gilmer mostly ran the ball for the night and was able to gain most of their yards that way. Bobcat, Ashton White, had the first big carry for the night and gave Gilmer hope of scoring their first touchdown when Seth Reece saved the day for Fannin with a tackle. With Gilmer still on offense, Cohutta Hyde recovered a Gilmer fumble and ran it back for another Fannin touchdown to extend their lead. Instead of kicking a field goal, Fannin went for a two point conversion but failed at the attempt. When the Rebels returned to offense, Jojo Goodwin had a carry to earn a first down, and put Fannin in perfect scoring position for Holloway to run the ball in for another touchdown on the next play. This time when Fannin went for two, it was successful with a throw in the corner to Teylyn Owensby. After Fannin stopped Gilmer’s defense, Holloway had a great 50 yard pass to Jaylen Ingram, putting the Rebels in scoring position for Carson Beavers to run the ball in for a touchdown on the next play. When Sara Sosebee’s was about to kick for the extra point, the snap was no good, putting the score at 41-3 to go into halftime.
In the third quarter, no one seemed to be able to get ahold of the ball. As far as Fannin defense went, Jaylen Ingram and Jacob Tuggle had big stops for the night to stop the Bobcats from scoring. Micah O’Neal followed their lead and proved to be a wall on defense. Both teams stopped the other from scoring and held the score at 41-3 to end the third quarter.
With Fannin far ahead, a younger team went in for the Rebels. Freshman, David Mashburn, went in as quarterback for the Rebels. Sawyer Moreland had a big tackle on defense to stop Gilmer’s offense. With just a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, Gilmer finally scored their first touchdown but the kick for the extra point was no good. As the clock ran out, Fannin found themselves with a 41-9 victory over the Gilmer Bobcats.
Fannin’s victory put their overall record at 3-0. Catch the Rebel’s next game as they travel to Lafayette at 7:30pm!
This past Tuesday, the Fannin County baseball team concluded the season with a banquet, just before they start training for the next. The Rebels had a very successful season that all of the players friends and family came to celebrate at Willow Creek Falls.
After head coach Travis Stone said all of his thank yous to everyone who helped the season run smoothly, the awards were handed out.
The first award to be given were the letters that the players earned over the season. Junior, Matthew Shirah, received the academic award with a 102 grade average. The next award was the Family award where the team voted for the player that most exemplified family values in the team. Earning every single vote on the team except for his own, Chris Kimbro received the award.
The awards were then handed over to assistant coach, Cline Bowers, who gave out the Rookie of the Year award to Jerritt Holloway. For Defensive Player of the Year, Matthew Shirah earned the honor. When it came to Offensive Player of the Year, the award was given to two players. With almost identical stats to end the season, Gabe Buchanan and Hunter Gray earned the award.
It was turned back over to coach Stone as he presented the Pitcher of the Year Award. With one pitcher earning 109 strikeouts over the season and the other with 110, Carson Beavers and Chandler Kendall received the award. The AAIT award was handed out next. The award was created to show the goals of the team over the season and stands for Attitude, Approach, Intensity, and Toughness and Bryson Pack was awarded for having all of those qualities. The Diamond Rebel award was voted on by the team for the player who had one of the biggest impacts through their performance and attitude and it was given to Chandler Kendall.
The players who earned a spot on the All Region team were recognized next. The five gentleman were Chandler Kendall, Matthew Shirah, Gabe Buchanan, Carson Beavers, and Hunter Gray. Beavers and Gray were also selected by the 7AAA Region for other awards. Hunter Gray earned the honor of being Hitter of the Year for the 7AAA region while Carson Beavers earned Pitcher of the Year. Coach Stone also earned recognition from the region as he was awarded with being Coach of the Year. The seniors were then recognized for all of their hard work over the years they have played and were presented with a plaque. The five seniors were Tyler Norton, Chris Kimbro, Hunter Gray, Bryson Pack, and Chandler Kendall.
The Rebels had an amazing season where they had an overall record of 26-9, earned the title of Region Champions, made it into the Sweet Sixteen, went the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Baseball history, and finished fifth overall in the state. Congratulations to Fannin for such a successful season!
This past Thursday, the Fannin County Rebels baseball team took on the Pike County Pirates to finish out the Elite Eight and determine who would be moving on to the Final Four. The night before, Fannin lost their first game 6-1 as they won the second 9-0. The Rebels had already made school history by making it to the Elite Eight and hoped to take it a step farther by earning a spot in the Final Four.
Each team wanted the win and you could tell by their performance on the field. Fannin started the game on offense where they had good hits, but were unable to score any runs. On defense, Matthew Shirah took the mound for the Rebels and struck out six batters overall.
It was a back and forth game where both teams played a solid defense. Gabe Buchanan had hustle at third base as he dove to stop balls while Jerritt Holloway had great throws behind the plate to get runners out on steals. Even though Fannin had great hits, Pike was just as determined to get outs. Shirah hit a hard line drive back to the pitcher for him to make a great first out.
Things began to turn around in the fifth inning. After being tied 0-0 for four innings, the Pirates finally made their mark on the scoreboard. They began to get hits down in the field as Pike made a hit to left field that advanced a runner on base home to put the score at 1-0.
Pike’s energy was high as they kept up their intensity on defense. They had a quick three up and three down outs to put them back on offense for another chance to score. As Fannin took the field in the sixth inning, Blake Rogers went in to pitch for Shirah. Pike took advantage of the change in speed as they got runners on base and closed out the inning by bringing in another run, extending their lead 2-0.
The tension was high as Fannin went up to bat in the seventh inning. It was their last chance to make something happen to be able to move on to the Final Four. Although they fought in the box, the Rebels were unable to get their hits down to score any runs. Pikes 2-0 victory put them competing in the Final Four the week to follow. As Pike earned their third out, they all rushed the mound in celebration while the Rebel fans in the stands shared tears and gave Fannin one last round of applause.
The Rebels have played a great season and have been the picture of a perfect team along the way. They have come so far by making it through the Sweet Sixteen to competing in the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Rebel baseball history. Through the tough losses on and off of the field, they were always there for eachother and persevered. Congratulations to the Rebels for an amazing baseball season!
This past Wednesday, the Fannin County Rebels took on the Pike County Pirates in a double header at home for the first round of the Elite Eight. It was a double elimination series that determined who would move on to compete in the Final Four.
Fannin took the field to start off the first inning. Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin where he struck out seven batters overall. Nerves were high starting off the game. The Rebels had defensive errors and allowed three runs to score just in the first inning. The Rebels attempted to respond on offense but found Pike’s defense to be solid as they did not let any runs score.
The Rebels started to clean up their defense in the second inning as they had three up and three down outs. On offense, Fannin began to put the ball into play but kept hitting it right to the Pirates defense and were unable to put any runs on the board. In the third inning, Pike hit a ball out of the park and put the score at 4-0 to end the inning.
Chandler Kendall got things started in the sixth inning as he hit the ball to left field and found himself standing on first base. Gabe Buchanan advanced Kendall to second as he was walked to first base. Hunter Gray stepped up to the plate and hit the ball to the outfield to bring Kendall home and put the score at 4-1. Miles Johnson continued the trend as he hit a bomb to the outfield but Pike made the out with a diving catch.
With a runner on second base, Pike hit another ball out of the park, bringing in two runs. The Rebels were able to get on base but were unable to score, leaving the Pike Pirates with a 6-1 victory.
After a short break, the teams were at it again. Fannin wanted a win so that they could stay in the series for a chance to compete the next day as Pike hoped to have another victory to move straight on the the Final Four.
Fannin had a new energy starting off the second game. They were the guest team and started off the game on offense. The Rebels wasted no time to put the ball into action. Senior, Chandler Kendall, had a great hit to center field that put him standing on second base. Gabe Buchanan continued the trend as he hit a double to left field and hit Chandler home. With bases loaded, Bryson Pack watched his fourth ball go by and was walked as another Rebel advanced to home plate. Miles Johnson closed out the inning with a bomb to right field that brought in three runs and left him on base. Pike was finally able to earn their third out as Fannin ended the top of the first with a 5-0 lead.
The Rebels defense was solid as they stopped balls and kept the Pirates from scoring any runs. Chander Kendall pitched the second game for Fannin County where he struck out ten batters overall. When it was Fannin’s turn to hit again at the top of the second, Carson Beavers was on third base as Buchanan brought him home with a single to left field. Pike ended the inning with a double play as Fannin advanced their lead 6-0.
Tyler Norton was on fire up the middle where he made a double to play to start off the third inning. Fannin was on top of every aspect of the game and refused to give up their lead.
The Rebels picked things back up in the seventh inning when the Pirates put in a new pitcher. Fannin took advantage in the change of speed as Blake Rogers hit a double to left field and brought Hunter Gray home. Miles was the man to close out the inning once again with a big hit to third where they overthrew first base, bringing in two runs. Johnson had a great night on offense where he had five RBI’s. Rogers went in to pitch at the bottom of the seventh where he struck out three batters. Fannin held the Pirates on defense and closed out the game with a 9-0 victory, leaving them to play the next day to determine who would move on to the Final Four.