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Rebs still working on consistent play

Rebs still working on consistent play
The heat is on.
And for one series on offense Tuesday evening, the Obion County Central Rebels were on fire during scrimmage action in Troy.
During the team’s third offensive series, the Rebels ran for two consecutive touchdowns and three overall to better former OC aide Eric Knott and the Dresden Lions 3-1.
Knott was an assistant to first-year Obion Central head coach Jason Driggers for spring drills and the first month of the summer before he landed the Dresden head coaching job.
And it looked as if Knott might get the better of his old boss up until OC took the field on offense for the third time.
“We settled down during that third series,” Driggers told The Messenger. “We executed and did what we had been trying to do during the two previous series.”
The series began with a bang as Chase Clanton sliced left after finding a hole up the middle on the first play for an 18-yard gain.
On the second play, quarterback Patrick Haskins ran a bootleg around the entire Dresden defense for a 52-yard touchdown that tied the session at 1-all.
Haskins is one of three quarterbacks Driggers is experimenting with this preseason as senior Andrew Heuck and sophomore Zack Cavness have also gotten snaps as the team’s signal caller.
On the very next play after Haskins’ TD run, Clanton sprinted 70 yards and beat out Dresden’s defenders in a foot race to the goal line to give OC a 2-1 advantage.
After Haskins left the game with what was believed to be a heat-related injury, Cavness connected on a three-yard pass to Lucas Fulbright on the eighth and final play of the series for the Rebels’ third score of the set.
Dresden’s only score came late in the first series as Austin Evans found tight end Tyson Wright for a short pass into the end zone late in the drive.
Defensively, OC started slowly but worked its way into the afternoon against the heat and hungry Lions squad.
“We played better on defense than we have in the previous two scrimmages,” Driggers said. “Our defense was in position more and we made most of our plays.
“We still missed some tackles, though, and we’re going to have to work on that.”
An example of the clutch defensive play on Tuesday was Cavness’ interception on the final play of Dresden’s second series.
With Evans feeling pressure in the pocket, the ball was hurled up for a prayer with the OC defender coming down with the catch to stop Dresden’s series in its tracks.
The Rebels were sluggish during their first two offensive series. Central moved the ball on eight plays for a total of nine yards during the offense’s second outing.
In junior varsity action, neither the Lions nor the Rebels could find paydirt as the outing ended in a scoreless tie.
OC’s Tyler O’Dell showed promise on the defensive side with a sack of Dresden quarterback Dale Hutcherson.
Meanwhile, the outing proved costly for OCCHS as freshman Dustin Smyth left the game with what was believed to be a broken wrist or hand.
The Rebels return to preseason action Friday night in the Dyersburg Football Jamboree. OC is slated to play Lake County in two quarters of action slated to begin at 7:15.

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