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Messenger Prep Players of the Week

Messenger Prep Players of the Week
Offense

Kendrick Price
School: Union City
Grade: Junior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Pos.: Slot

By the numbers: Price was a part of the Tornadoes’ ‘three-headed monster’ that chewed up large chunks of yardage and Gleason 63-22 in UC’s Halloween night massacre of the Bulldogs. On just eight carries, Price ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns, the highlight a 96-yard TD dash in the second quarter that represented the second-longest running play from scrimmage in UCHS history. Despite limited attempts (30) running the ball this season due to an injury that kept him from carries in three games, Price still has gained 445 yards on the ground while averaging 14.4 yards-per-attempt.
Sound bite: “Kendrick did a great job on the jet-sweep plays, and he’s really starting to understand our offense and get in a zone with what he can give us as both a runner and a blocker,” UC coach Darren Bowling said of Price’s play. “He’s a strong, physical runner with breakaway speed, and it usually takes more than one person to bring him down. If he continues to work hard and get better every week, he’ll make us very difficult to defend in the playoffs.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Josh Nicks, UC junior fullback, ran for a team-high 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Twisters’ mauling of Gleason; Colton Speed, UC senior quarterback, continued to produce big plays with three touchdown runs on just seven carries with 95 yards total rushing; Patrick Haskins, OC junior receiver, had seven catches for 191 yards, including TD grabs of 67 and 62 yards in Obion Central’s 34-19 season-ending loss to sixth-ranked Brighton. Haskins ended the year as far-and-away the county’s top receiver with 53 catches for 927 yards and 11 scores.

Defense
Ronnie Fair

School: Union City
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 232
Pos.: Defensive tackle

By the numbers: The Bulldogs simply had nobody who could handle Fair. Disrupting both the Gleason running game while also harassing Bulldog QB Nicky Spain, Fair finished with 12 tackles in all with a pair of sacks included. He is the Tornadoes’ team leader in quarterback takedowns with nine, and ranks second on the team in overall tackles — almost unheard of for an interrior lineman — with 47 solo stops.
Sound bite: “Ronnie was just possessed Friday night,” Bowling said while praising Fair. “You could see it before the game with the look on his face that he was ready to play. He played sideline to sideline making tackles, and he always plays with so much emotion and passion. He’s been solid for us all year, and people not only have to double-team him, but they’re running away from him whenever then can too.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Patrick Minnick, OC sophomore safety, posted a team-high 13 tackles and had an interception during the Rebels’ loss to Brighton; Austin Hopper, OC senior tackle/end, recorded 10 tackles; Jacob Worley, UC junior linebacker, had 10 tackles; Blake Boyd, OC junior linebacker had nine stops and an interception.

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