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Tornadoes, Greenfield scouted up-close

Tornadoes, Greenfield scouted up-close
Rather than evaluating Greenfield solely by what he saw on film, Jimmy Fishel took advantage of the opportunity to eyeball the Yellowjackets in person last week.

And the Tornado head coach was impressed.

“From what I saw, they’ve got a good football team,” claimed Fishel, whose UC troops will travel to Greenfield to play an important Region 7-1A game Friday night. “They’ve got so many weapons on offense. They’ve got an outstanding quarterback, a very good fullback and tailback, and an exceptional receiver.

“Coach (Jason) Rodehaver has done an outstanding job, and they will be very
hungry to play us.”

The Yellowjackets were knocked from a tie for the region lead with a 41-8 loss to then-No. 6-ranked McKenzie last week, breaking G’field’s four-game winning streak.

Fishel, one of several coaches in attendance at last week’s game that was played a night earlier than most others, said seeing a foe in person was an advantage in the preparation that most staff’s go through.

“Just the little things, like body language, true size, and reactions to different things that go on in a game that tape doesn’t always show,” he said, listing nuances he might or might not have picked up last week.

Rodehaver returned the favor by watching Union City play Friday against South Fulton.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS — On paper, it appears Friday night’s home finale against 1-6 Covington might be Obion Central’s best shot at avoiding the third winless season in the Rebels’ 47-year history.

Though the Chargers have played a murderous schedule with the likes of White Station, Dyer County, Haywood and Tupelo (Miss.) among others, the recent history between they and OC has feature five close games despite a huge talent discrepancy in Covington’s favor.

In fact, twice Central has knocked off the Chargers while they were highly-ranked, once beating them when they were listed as No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. In the last five meetings, neither team has won by more than eight points.

OC won in 2003 (14-7) and 2005 (17-7), while Covington triumphed 21-13 in ’02, 33-27 in ’04, and 22-16 last season.

In that every-other-year rotation, maybe it’s again the Rebels’ turn to triumph this season.

JUST WIN — While Lake County needs a win over South Fulton to enhance its playoff chances Friday night, the Red Devils simply just need to win.

SF hasn’t won a Region 7-1A game since its Week 10 finale vs. Greenfield in the 2005 campaign. That’s a span of 11 consecutive league losses.

The Redmen are flirting with their second straight 1-9 season — a mark that would represent their fourth successive losing season and give them a 9-31 record during that time.

The only other time South Fulton has posted back-to-back one-win seasons was in 1954-55 with Bill Conway and Don Nelson, respectively, at the helm.

Red Devil skipper Gwin Wood is now a break-even coach during his 25-year career (140-140). He is 88-111 in 19 years at SFHS.

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