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Prep Notebook: Stopping obvious is Twisters’ challenge

Prep Notebook: Stopping obvious is Twisters’ challenge
Union City surely knows what’s coming Friday night.

Stopping it, may be another matter altogether.

When the Tornadoes host Bruceton in a critical Region 7-1A matchup at War Memorial Stadium, UC will no doubt get a heavy dose of Tiger workhorse Chad Jordan.

Bruceton’s no-frills I-formation set features Jordan, who plowed over the locals to the tune of 255 yards on 44 carries in last year’s 20-14 Tiger win and has already racked up more than 1,000 yards this season after a 2,100-yard junior campaign.

The Jordan-left, Jordan-right, Jordan-up-the-middle scheme might be predictable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop, according to Union City head coach
Jimmy Fishel.

“Bruceton is one of those teams that when you look at them on film or break them down, they are fairly simplistic,” Fishel said. “They run counters, isolations, powers, and they run them very well. That’s scary, because they’ve played some good teams and have had great success using a scheme that’s predictable,

“Chad Jordan is big and fast, but so is their fullback, Alex Matlock. They will be difficult for us to tackle. We will have to crowd the ball and give as many different looks as we can to stop them.”

UC’s run defense is giving up 239 yards-per-game on average through five weeks, and has allowed an opposing rusher to gain more than 100 yards in four of its five games.

OC NUMBERS DON’T LIE — An examination of Obion Central’s season statistics to date gives further insight to the Rebels’ winless slate.

OC is a minus-10 in turnover ratio, having lost the ball via fumble or interception 19 teams, or an average of almost four per-game. Central has fumbled 20 times altogether, losing 11 of those, and has been intercepted eight
times in 72 pass attempts with no touchdowns yet.

Opponents meanwhile, have thrown 11 TD passes against the Rebels with just two interceptions, and are completing tosses at a 67.6 percent clip. Obion Central’s passing efficiency is 41.7.

Offensively, last week’s 260-yard output was far-and-away the best of the season. Still though, OC is averaging just 144 yards per-game and but 2.1 yards-per-rush. Central is averaging just 8.4 points each Friday and has not scored more than two touchowns in any of its five games.

AERIAL IMPROVEMENT — South Fulton’s passing game showed something it had not displayed for much of the first half of the 2007 season Friday night — life.
Red Devil quarterback Hunter Harris entered the contest against Fulton County with a 26.3 percent completion percentage. Following a 9-for-18 outing with 163 aerial yards, the junior signal caller can boast of a completion percentage that sits at 32.4 (24-for-74).

Furthermore, Harris was able to find his No. 1 target, split end Corbin Hawks, both in the flats and downfield for a total of 136 yards on three catches in the 34-14 loss. Harris also connected with George Garmon, Holden McConnell and Chance Barnes for gains.

Still, there is room for improvement. Harris did throw an interception right into the hands of Pilots’ defender Tony Udley, who returned the pick for a an 81-yard TD.

SF plays host to Greenfield Friday, hoping to break a four-game losing streak this season and a run of nine consecutive Region 7-1A setbacks dating back to Week 10 of 2005.
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