Remember When? Rebels elect to play independent football schedule

Remember When? Rebels elect to play independent football schedule
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
Nov. 7 — The Obion Central football team and head coach Jim McPeake was presented with the Sportsmanship Award by the Mid-West Football Officials Association. The association also honored Union City’s Jere Baldridge as one of the top officials in the Mid-West group. Baldridge was named the top head linesman.
Nov. 11 — The scoring was sparse, but Troy came up with its third straight Obion County School System middle school championship and fifth in seven years after a 2-0 edging of previously-unbeaten Woodland. The Trojans totaled 155 yards of offense with running backs Chuck Reedy and Britt Cunningham highlighted as offensive standouts. The Wildcats mustered just 39 offensive yards.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 7 — Lexington, the No. 6-ranked team in Class AA, closed the book on Union City’s football season with a 21-3 victory in the opening round of the TSSAA playoffs. The Tigers outgained UC 278-100 during the triumph. David Cox was the leading Twister rusher with 42 yards on 12 carries, while Sean Turner totaled 38 yards on 10 carries.
Nov. 10 — At the TSSAA meeting to establish athletic districts for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, Obion Central made it official that it would withdraw its football team from District 13AA competition. The Rebels, who went winless in 1988, excused themselves from league play and eligibility for the state playoffs with the decision. It was hoped that playing an independent schedule against teams they could better compete against would help the Rebs generate success and create interest in the program.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 9 — South Fulton doubled Bruceton 42-21 in the opening round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs. Dee Brown sliced in from eight and five yards away and Michael Wright hauled in a touchdown passes that spanned 42 and 13 from Charlie Wiber for the victors. Otherwise, Steven Wright broke had a 64-yard run to paydirt and B.J. Gordon scored on an eight-yard run.
Nov. 9 — Union City blanked George Washington Carver 47-0 in the first round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs. The Tornadoes won their 10th straight game after a season-opening loss to Huntingdon. Lucas Ingram. Ingram had touchdown carries of 36 and 28 yards and he was the target on a toss from quarterback Josh Robinson that spanned 52 yards.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 10 — Obion Central won its first-ever playoff game in the school’s 43-year history with a 24-10 bettering of Kingsbury. All three of OC’s touchdowns came from the red zone with quarterback Wes Moore diving in from a yard out and Brian Kissell from two yards away. Otherwise, Tarez Bacon made a five-yard carry to paydirt, while Garrett Grady booted a 30-yard field goal.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 12 — Union City was thumped from the Class A state playoffs thanks to a 42-0 blanking against Trinity Christian Academy. The Twisters were limited to 79 offensive yards during the defeat as they finished a second straight 6-5 season. Josh Nicks was UC’s top tackler during the defeat as he made seven stops, while Julian Moss and Brandon Easley each had six stops.

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