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Lake Road punches ticket, will face SF in Rebel Bowl

Lake Road punches ticket, will face SF in Rebel Bowl
The Rebel Bowl matchup is now set in stone.
Lake Road punched its ticket to the Obion County School System title game Thursday evening with a 24-14 victory over Ridgemont.
The win puts the Generals on a collision course with undefeated South Fulton (8-0) in what will be a rematch from a year ago in next Thursday’s 7 p.m. game at Rebel Field in Troy.
Furthermore, SF and Lake Road have already met once this season with the Red Devils shutting out their Rebel Bowl opponent 40-0 two weeks ago.
In other junior high action on Thursday, Hillcrest won for the second time in three days and overall as they drubbed Black Oak 38-8 in the season finale for both schools.
The following is a roundup of those games as reported to The Messenger.
Lake Road 24, Ridgemont 14
The Generals (4-1) held a slim 16-14 lead after three quarters, but they bowed up in the clutch against R’mont.
Lake Road got it all together in the fourth quarter as they held the Mustangs scoreless in what head coach Shawn Johnson termed “a complete team effort.”
Offensively, Hunter Allen led the way with 10 carries for 84 yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown. Dallas Mathis took in LR’s other score — a three-yard dive — in the first quarter.
Additionally, Allen, Jake Jones and Dusty Gumm each took in one two-point conversion for the victors.
Otherwise, the offensive line drew special praise from Johnson for winning the battle in the trenches and picking up their blocking assignments throughout the game.
On defense, Mathis totaled six tackles and an interception, with Levi Stough contributing a like number of stops.
Both of Ridgemont’s scores came through the air with Alec Reynolds finding Eric Torres and Josh Floyd.
Reynolds finished the loss 9-of-19 passing for 135 yards.
Jake Garrigan hauled in five of those aerials for 75 yards, while Torres brought down four for 60 and Floyd had two catches for 21 yards.
On the ground, Erick Morales paced R’mont with 42 yards on five carries.
Defensively, Jake Garrigan was the top performer for the Mustangs as he made seven tackles, with both Ryan Burpo and Morales responsible for five stops.
Hillcrest 38, Black Oak 8
The Cougars ended the season on a positive note with their second straight victory.
H’crest quarterback Camden Napper, who finished the 2008 campaign with 1,019 passing yards, was an impressive 6-for-8 with 184 aerial yards and three touchdowns.
Hunter Quinn hauled in two of those passes for 96 yards, a 49-yard TD reception included.
Meanwhile, Bryan Morris caught a 35-yard pass that he took into the end zone and Chandler Fussell brought down a three-yard catch that resulted in a touchdown.
On the ground, the Cougars were led by Trent Mann (five carries for 57 yards and a touchdown) and Bryce Warner (five carries for 54 yards and a touchdown).
Mann also took in four two-point conversions and he led the team in tackles with nine takedowns and one sack.
Brett Pitts forced a fumble and he had eight total stops for Hillcrest (2-5) with Pablo Salas adding five tackles and a fumble recovery.
For Black Oak (1-6), Vernie Erwin totaled 65 rushing yards, while Blake Rudd had the only touchdown — a 55-yard scamper — during the defeat.
Defensively, Hunter Short made six stops for the Eagles and he recovered a fumble, with the trio of B.J. Laws, Jordan Davis and Rusty Davis each contributing five tackles.

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