Devils, UC again close
to making AP Top 10
For the second consecutive week, both South Fulton and Union City High School football teams are on the fringe of being ranked in the Associated Press’ Prep Football Top 10.
The 5-0 Red Devils, coming off a 54-18 drubbing of Fulton County, find themselves in 11th place in the weekly rankings with 18 votes.
Meanwhile, UC — which downed county rival Obion Central 19-6 on Friday — is tied with Forrest for 12th in the voting with 14 votes. The Twisters have won four straight since dropping their season-opening game.
Both teams return to Region 7-1A play this week as SF is at Greenfield and the Tornadoes travel to Bruceton.
A complete listing of this week’s AP poll can be found on page 7.
Abe Jolley tourney
to be played in spring
The third annual Abe Jolley Memorial Golf Tournament has been postponed and rescheduled for the spring, according to organizers.
The tourney, while benefits a scholarship fund, was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 at Poplar Meadows Country Club.
No date has been finalized for the tournament in 2009.
Stratford head coach
receives Titans’ honor
The Tennessee Titans have announced that Jason Smith, head football coach of Stratford Comprehensive High School in Nashville, has been named the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 5.
Stratford (2-4) downed cross-town rival Pearl-Cohn (1-5) 32-12 in a matchup of well-coached squads.
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Stratford High School football program in Coach Smith’s honor.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll was University School of Jackson’s Mickey Marley, whose team scored 48 unanswered points to defeat Briarcrest 48-12 and Kevin Ward of Camden, who led his club to a 42-12 defeat over rival Westview.
LR softball rally short
in loss to Jr. Twisters
Lake Road’s rally on the middle school softball diamond came up short Monday evening in a 3-2 loss to Union City.
The Lady Generals trailed 3-0 heading into the home half of the fourth inning and they totaled just four hits.
Paige Russell, Brandi Goodman, Carly Whipple and Payton Robertson each had a single for LR during the defeat.
Defensively, Nicole Storey was credited with four putouts.
No stats were reported to The Messenger by the Lady Twisters’ coaching staff.
Lake Road returns to action Saturday in the Obion County School System Postseason Tournament at the Obion Central field in Troy.
Raccoon tussle results
in surgery for Summitt
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt had offseason shoulder surgery, not for a sports injury but because of a tussle with a raccoon.
The winningest basketball coach in NCAA history had problems with her right shoulder after dislocating it while chasing a raccoon poised to attack her Labrador.
The attack came near her home on March 5, just days before the start of the Southeastern Conference Tou-rnament.
A month later, Summitt guided the Lady Vols to their eighth NCAA title.
Summitt had arthroscopic surgery Thursday in Knoxville to repair recurring instability problems.
The coach will begin rehab this week. Tennessee begins practice on Oct. 17.