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Prep Notes: Rebels will have different QB

Prep Notes: Rebels will have different QB
Prep Notes: Rebels will have different QB

Jonathan Avent and the South Fulton Red Devils prepare for Fulton City.
There’s been a change of plans in the Obion Central camp.

While OC won’t play again until Sept. 7, the Rebels will use their open date this week to make some personnel changes, according to first-year head coach Jason Driggers.

Driggers said when Central next takes the field — at Ripley in its first Region 7-3A game — Chase Clanton will be the starting quarterback. Clanton has been a regular in the Obion Central backfield for two seasons as a running back, gaining 769 yards during his sophomore and junior campaigns combined.

The move will end a rotation at the position that saw both senior Andrew Heuck and sophomore Patrick Haskins divide snaps in OC’s 41-3 season opening loss to Jackson South Side.

Both Heuck and Haskins played positions other than QB as well in the Rebels’ first game, when the team operated both out of the I-formation and a shotgun spread-set. Heuck saw time at receiver — a spot where he played prior to this season — while Haskins lined up at running back.

In Obion Central’s new alignment, Haskins will switch to either tailback or a slot, while Heuck will operate either at split end or a slot position, depending upon the formation.

Driggers, who said he experimented with the idea in practice prior to Central’s first game, said he’d met with all three players and all were agreeable to the switch.

“They’re all still going to be starting, just at different spots,” the coach said.
“Clanton is confident, and the kids respond to him in the huddle. And I think this gives us the best option at being successful on a consistent basis offensively.”

NO BACK-PATTING — South Fulton head coach Gwin Wood won’t be able to bask in his team’s first on-field victory since Week 10 of 2005 for very long.

The veteran head coach has the task of preparing his Red Devils’ squad to go against Fulton City running back Daeron Williams and quarterback Aaron Wilson — who combined for over 300 yards rushing in last week’s 49-7 win vs. West Carroll.

“They both are super quick, have great agility and stellar peripheral vision,” Wood said. “I hope every coach has the opportunity to coach players like that during their career. I have and I know what we’re going to be up against Friday night.”
“Anytime you take on athletes like that, it’s hard to prepare.”

South Fulton comes into the game with a question mark adorning sophomore running back Jonathan Avent. Avent was injured with a turf toe in the second half of his team’s 26-19 win over Ballard Memorial last Friday. The sophomore RB finished the game despite the pain, but he did not practice Monday. He is expected to be ready to go at game time.

GETTING WELL — The only Obion County team not to open its season with a Week 0 contest, it was probably a good thing for Union City.

A virus swept through the club early last week, leaving several Tornado players weak and unable to practice.

Head coach Jimmy Fishel said he had fewer than 30 players suit up for a pair of workouts early last week.

The Twisters should be at full strength for their opener this week at Westview

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