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SF ready to paint town red after Rebel Bowl win vs. LR

SF ready to paint town red after Rebel Bowl win vs. LR
Let’s paint the town red.

That might have been the battle cry of South Fulton as the team returned home after an 18-6 triumph over Lake Road in the 12th annual Rebel Bowl Saturday night in Troy.

“I’m extremely proud of these guys,” SFMS head coach Jeremy McFarland said after the game. “I couldn’t ask for more out of them than they have given me all season and especially tonight.

“This was a team that we thought could break even on the year, but our efforts kept improving every time out.”

The Red Devils inched out to a 12-0 lead at halftime and never looked back in the win that gave the team the title of 2007 Obion County School System jayvee football champion.

After a quick three-and-out by Lake Road to begin the first quarter, South Fulton took over at its own 40-yard line.

Khiry Lewis scampered 14 yards on the first play from scrimmage to move the ball across midfield.

Lewis carried the ball twice more in the drive with another 14-yard carry ending in the end zone as SF took a 6-0 lead with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter.

After a defensive stalemate by both squads that lasted through the end of the first quarter and first four minutes of the second quarter, the Redmen received the ball via a Lake Road punt.

On fourth down the Red Devils took to the air with Jacquay Garmon finding Shaquan Brown for a 37-yard aerial to place the ball at the Generals’ 16 with under a minute remaining. A chop block set South Fulton back 10 yards as time continued to tick down in the first half.

Garmon avoided a near sack at the beginning of the next play which set up the opportunity to find Brown, who made a spectacular diving catch across the goal line, for a 26-yard touchdown to give SF a 12-0 advantage at intermission.

“They were ready for us and they made the big plays like that catch before halftime,” Lake Road head coach Shawn Johnson said following the game. “On both sides of the ball, it was like they knew our plays before we ran them.”

South Fulton chewed up the clock for seven minutes to begin the third quarter before a fumble finally gave LR a chance to play catch-up.

However, a bad situation became worse for the Generals after a Kendall Greer sack on second down of returning quarterback Colton Woodward — who returned for the championship game after a broken elbow had put him on the sideline — set up an eventual punt attempt.

The snap to Parker McMinn was bad with the punter tackled for a five-yard loss and South Fulton (7-1) taking over inside the red zone.

Meanwhile, another pre-game injury claim was unfounded with SF’s Montre Lewis, said to be out with a broken foot, carrying the ball across the plane of the goal line on the first play of the drive from seven yards out to put his team up 18-0 with 6:23 remaining in the game.

Both Woodward and Montre Lewis were previously reported out for the Rebel Bowl to The Messenger in an effort by each head coach to dupe the other.

Lake Road did get a taste of paydirt later in the fourth with Jacob Van Cleave capping off a 13-play 64-yard march with a five-yard dive with under a minute remaining.

Defensively, Cody Neece was SF’s leading tackler with nine stops for the victors.

Greer had eight stops for the Red Devils in the championship victory.

For the Generals (3-5), Josh Quinton led the tackle chart with 16 takedowns with Chris Donaldson and Jake Jones both making seven takedowns in the loss.

Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker @ucmessenger.com.

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