BO halftime lead
holds up in triumph
Black Oak’s halftime advantage held up and Eagles got into the win column by defeating Gibson County 20-6 in junior high football Tuesday evening.
Backup quarterback Rusty Smith filled in for Chance Clanton, who is likely gone for the season with appendicitis, and was on fire as he finished with 147 passing yards, two touchdown aerials and a rushing six-pointer.
Smith connected with Blake Rudd for both of the TD tosses with one going for 50 yards and the other 80. Rudd also carried in a two-point conversion during the triumph.
BO head coach George Leake lauded the play of offensive linemen Drew Hayes and Skyler Slaughter.
Defensively, end Hunter Short totaled 10 tackles and forced a fumble, while Rudd contributed eight takedowns and an interception. Jordan Upson also picked off an errant GC pass that was forced after a big hit on the opposing quarterback by Shawn Terry.
The Eagles (1-4) will have little time to celebrate as they host Three Oaks Thursday.
Rutland tosses 2 TDs
in Jr. Twisters’ victory
Travis Rutland threw a pair of touchdown passes to Caleb Long to lead Union City’s Middle School football team to a 28-8 victory over Humboldt Tuesday night.
The Jr. Twisters, now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in West Tennessee Athletic Conference play, led 16-0 in the first quarter after Drake Parker tacked on both two-point conversions following the Rutland-to-Long TD connections.
UC’s defense came up with a huge goal-line stand in the second half and then salted the game away with an impressive 99-yard scoring drive.
Brett Gore and Parker had five tackles apiece for the Purple and Gold, while Joseph Shanks had four stops and a fumble recovery.
Parker’s 10-yard touchdown scamper and an 18-yard charge to paydirt accounted for Union City’s other scoring.
UC will host Dyersburg on Tuesday of next week.
SF plays spoiler role
at R’mont home debut
South Fulton played spoiler to Ridgemont’s first-ever on-campus home softball game on Tuesday.
The Lady Mustangs (11-4, 7-1 in Obion County School System play) fell 3-2 in the game despite a last at-bat rally that saw the tying run stranded at third base.
The field was readied with a shiny, new metal fence, bleachers and all by the efforts of R’mont softball coach Jentrie Seals and numerous others as it was a long, time-consuming task to build the facility on campus.
During the game, Kayla Bramlett had three hits and she drove in and scored one run. Losing pitcher Emily Pickard doubled and chased one home with Macy McClure offering two hits during the defeat.
No statistics were reported to The Messenger by SF.
The Lady Mustangs return to action Oct. 4 in the OCSS Tournament.
Hillcrest shoots blanks
during defeat to LR
Carly Whipple went 4-for-4, while Payton Robertson, McKenna Stephenson and Alex Wilson each had three hits to key Lake Road’s 9-0 shutout of Hillcrest in middle school softball action Tuesday evening.
On the mound, Wilson got the victory for the Lady Generals (12-8).
For Hillcrest (5-5), Ashlyn Runions smacked a double, with Jessie Perry accounting for two safeties.
Baylie Boucher struck out seven, but she was charged with the mound loss.
Lake Road returns to action Monday at Union City, while Hillcrest is set to play again at the OCSS Postseason Tournament on Oct. 4.