Locals need not be ‘tricked’ by Thursday games

Locals need not be ‘tricked’ by Thursday games
Many local fans might be “tricked” if they turn up at the football field on Halloween.
Eight of Friday’s 23 scheduled games of local interest have been moved to Thursday evening.
Several schools have cited travel concerns on the spooky holiday, while others may just want to take a look at possible playoff opposition.
Whatever the case, it will affect many fans within the area.
For starters, three of the four teams in The Messenger’s immediate coverage area have elected to play on Thursday.
At Troy, Obion Central will host No. 6 Brighton (Class 4A) Thursday with opening kickoff scheduled for 7.
The game will be the final for the OC football team as the 0-9 county locals are ineligible for the playoffs.
Prior to the game, the Rebels will honor their senior football players, cheerleaders and band members as well as the school’s golfers and cross country runners..
Meanwhile, South Fulton’s game at single-A’s 10th-ranked McKenzie will also be played on Thursday with the same start time as the aforementioned Central-Brighton game.
SF still has a chance at the playoffs, but they must beat the Rebels to get there.
And Fulton City is set to host Kentucky 4A powerhouse Lone Oak on Thursday with kickoff scheduled 7:30.
On another local note, Union City’s Friday game against Gleason will be played at 7:30 instead of 7 p.m. as it was listed on schedules.
Senior football players, cheerleaders and band members will be recognized before the game against the Bulldogs.
Otherwise in games of local interest, Lake County will battle Greenfield on Thursday evening with heavy playoff implications riding on the game’s outcome and Trinity Christian Academy will travel to Halls on the same evening.
In Region 7-2A, Waverly will host Camden in a game that will decide the league’s champion and Riverside is at Houston County on Thursday evening.
Across the border in Kentucky, Mayfield is set to host Marshall County on Thursday.
Friday’s slate has a battle of Region 7-1A’s winless teams as West Carroll entertains Bruceton.
In 7-3A action on Friday, Covington travels to No. 6 Dyersburg, Crockett County hosts Dyer County and Ripley entertains No. 10 Haywood.
Other Tennessee games set for Friday night (as of press time) are Dresden at Jackson Christian, Gibson County at Humboldt, Westview at Milan and University School of Jackson at Trenton in Region 7-2A action.
Meanwhile, three 8-1A teams are playing on Friday with Middleton at Fayette Academy and Manassas traveling to play fellow Memphis team Treadwell at Booker T. Washington.
One Region 7-2A game is set for Friday evening with Adamsville at Huntingdon.
The game carries big playoff implications, though, as Huntingdon can do its part to get into the postseason with a victory.
Meanwhile, in games involving Kentucky First District teams on Friday, Ballard Memorial hosts Reidland, Crittenden County travels to Caldwell County and Fulton County goes to Calloway County.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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