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Remember When? Upstart Lady Rebel runners earn berth for state meet

Remember When? Upstart Lady Rebel runners earn berth for state meet
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
Oct. 31 — Union City destroyed Camden 50-6 on the middle school gridiron. The Golden Tornadoes got a pair of touchdown runs from both Estes King (25 and 15 yards) and Monty Long (40 and 80 yards) during the victory. Meanwhile, Jeff Davis made a 40-yard trip to paydirt and Paul McElrath added a 20-yard TD for the victors. On special teams, Odie Bass took in a 60-yard kickoff return for Union City.
Nov. 4 — Mark Wilson booted a pair of field goals and Eric Maddox return an interception as Union City blanked Dyersburg 13-0 in high school football action. Overall, the Twisters’ defense was the big story of the game as they held the Trojans to 36 total yards on offense and just two first downs. Union City gained 152 total offensive markers during the victory.
20 Years Ago
Oct. 31 — South Fulton shellacked Sharon 42-14 on the high school gridiron with Tab Vowell accounting for 22 of his team’s points, including three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Sean Copper and Reggie Cooper each had a four-yard touchdown run for the Red Devils, while Jeff Johns returned an interception 96 yards to the endzone. Over the course of the game, SF scored at will as the Eagles fumbled 11 times.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 30 — One season, one state meet berth. That was the easiest tagline for the Obion Central girls’ cross country team. The Lady Rebels, fielding a team for the first time in two decades, placed third at the Region 7A-AA championship meet behind the University School of Jackson and Trinity Christian Academy to earn a berth at the state finale. Margo Hickerson was the top performer for the OC girls as she finished fifth overall, while Kenthia Barnes was sixth at the regional event. Other Central girls running at the Region 7A-AA meet were Dara Ursery, Katie Moore, Whitney Mathis, Adalicia Cross and Tara Hawley.
Nov. 2 — Lucas Ingram scored four touchdowns as he led Union City in a 35-6 spanking of Gibson County. Ingram made a pair of two-yard TD runs and he also sprinted 28 yards to paydirt. His fourth touchdown came as he caught a 30-yard aerial from Twister quarterback Josh Robinson. Otherwise, Chris Smith ran seven yards for UC’s other score.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 3 — Able to control half of its own postseason destiny, Union City held up its end. Unfortunately, Westview could not. The Tornadoes defeated Dresden 24-22 in Region 7-2A action, but Trenton defeated the Chargers to keep the locals out of the playoffs. The victory ended a UC first losing season since 1985 at a mark of 2-8. During the triumph, Ben Ferguson accounted for two touchdowns and Jermaine Thrash had a six-yard run to paydirt. John Graham also booted a 25-yard field goal for Union City.
Nov. 3 — Obion Central earned a share of the Region 7-3A title with a 42-7 whipping of Brighton. Tarez Bacon, Tyler Turner and Wes Moore all accounted for two touchdowns for the victorious Rebels. Bacon brought in a 42-yard pass from Moore and he also sliced his way in from 12 yards away. Moore dove in from a yard away and he scampered 19 yards for another rushing TD. Turner was the recipient of a 24-yard touchdown toss and he also made a short three-run yard to the endzone.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 5 — Gleason, the smallest football playing school in the state of Tennessee, did what was thought impossible in years past as they defeated Union City for the first-time ever. During the 36-21 loss, Pat Polk gave UC an early lead with a 28-yard touchdown run, but the Bulldogs reeled off four consecutive scores to gain a lead they would not relinquish. Otherwise for the Tornadoes, Brett White threw for two touchdowns with Kendrick Price on the receiving end of one and Taylor Bruff the other. Meanwhile, Gleason had a pair of players with 100-plus yards. Alex Verdell bruised his way up the middle with 237 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and Zach Wallace totaled 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the winners from Weakley County.

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