Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 20

Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 20
Briefly

OC freshmen boys
end ’07 with win

The Obion Central boys’ freshmen took a 77-45 decision over Crockett County Monday evening in a game reported late to The Messenger.
Cameron Powers was the top gun for OC with 11 points with Pattrick Minnick adding 10 markers for the victors.
Jaquis Williams brought down a team-high four rebounds for the Rebels.
The OC frosh squad returns to action Jan. 3 at Union City.

Weddle not a factor
in UTM loss at EKU

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Mike Rose scored 18 points, including the first 10 of the second half, as Eastern Kentucky beat UT Martin 70-51 Wednesday night.
Lester Hudson led UTM (5-6, 1-2) with 20 points, all in the second half. Djero Riedewald added 10.
The Skyhawks scored the first bucket of the game on a 3-pointer by Union City native Marquis Weddle, but the Colonels responded by scoring 14 unanswered points to take the lead for good.
Weddle finished the outing 3-of-8 from the field (1-for-4 from 3-point range) with seven points and four rebounds.
The Colonels (6-5, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) won for the fourth time in five games and made 11 3-pointers.

UT receivers coach
headed to Ok. St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy hired Tennessee receivers coach Trooper Taylor on Wednesday to be the Cowboys’ co-offensive coordinator.
Taylor was on the same Baylor staff with Gundy and former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora for one season in 1996 before the three parted ways. Fedora was hired as coach at Southern Mississippi last week, and Gundy acted quickly to fill a void on his staff, even though he hinted earlier Wednesday he had had little time to consider potential replacements for Fedora.
The Cowboys play Indiana in the Insight Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Regarded as a strong recruiter, the 37-year-old Taylor has been on Phillip Fulmer’s staff at Tennessee since 2004.
He also has coached at Tulane and New Mexico, and he played defensive back at Baylor before joining the staff there.
Taylor joins an offense that ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (484 yards), seventh in rushing (245.8 ypg) and averaged 33.4 points last season but loses top rusher Dantrell Savage and top receiver Adarius Bowman.
Taylor was considered a possible candidate to be promoted by Fulmer to offensive coordinator, replacing David Cutcliffe, who was hired by Duke as head coach.

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