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Messenger Sports Briefs for October 5

Messenger Sports Briefs for October 5
Briefly

Twister frosh now 4-1
after McKenzie victory

After spotting visiting McKenzie a 6-0 lead, Union City scored four unanswered touchdowns on its way to a 24-18 victory over the Rebels in freshman football Thursday night.

The Tornadoes won for the fourth time in five games.

Tyler Steward-Crume had two touchdowns runs, one covering three yards and the other a nine-yard scamper for UC. Shawn Weaks and Russ Smith also hit paydirt on short plunges, scoring from the two and the five, respectively.

Matthew Keathley had an interception that set up the locals’ second TD just before halftime, while fellow linebacker Trey Maddox recovered a fumble.

The Union City frosh are next in action Oct. 18 at Dyersburg, three nights after the Twister B-team hosts the Trojans.

Milan extends streak
behind Gilbert’s TDs

Jobronski Gilbert ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns to lead Milan to a 34-21 victory over USJ Thursday night in high school football.

The game was one of three prep contests played a night early, as rural West Tennessee schools prepare for a week-long fall break next week.

Milan won its fifth straight since a season-opening loss to Huntingdon and will maintain at least a share of the Region 8-2A lead, pending Westview’s game against Dresden tonight. Both the Bulldogs and Chargers are the lone unbeatens in league play.

In other games from Thursday, freshman Jabriel Washington — filling in for injured starter Hewitt Tomlin — threw two touchdowns passes to lead Trinity Christian Academy to a 38-7 victory over winless Middleton.
Bolivar beat McNairy Central 27-9 to improve to 5-1.

Late Jax State score
keeps UTM winless

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Taurean Rhetta scored on a pass from Cedric Johnson with less than two minutes to go to lead Jacksonville St. to a 27-24 win over the UT Martin Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (3-3, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference) led for the first three quarters. But the Skyhawks (0-6, 0-2 OVC) tied the score at 17-17 early in the final period. Then Jessie Burton scored on an 85-yard pass from Dexter Anoka with 8:25 remaining, giving UTM a 24-20 lead.

Johnson passed for 227 yards and one touchdown and also scored another touchdown for the Gamecocks.

The Skyhawks’ Burton had four catches for 192 yards and scored two touchdowns on passes from Anoka, who passed for 226 yards. Burton accumulated 298 all-purpose yards in all.

UTM will celebrate homecoming, Oct. 13 vs. Samford.

Fulmer says Colquitt
will kick on Saturday

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt is expected to take over kick off duties when the Vols host No. 12 Georgia on Saturday, coach Phillip Fulmer said Thursday.

“He kicked well today,” said Fulmer, who was forced to conclude practice indoors because of inclement weather. “Of course there was about 30 mile per hour winds out there before the storm came in, but I could tell. He kicks the ball well and kicks it high.”

Colquitt has been nursing a pulled quadriceps since the team’s final preseason scrimmage and has been limited to only punts.

In the Vols’ four games this year, kick off duties have been shared between backup punter Chad Cunningham and freshman place-kicker Daniel Lincoln.

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