|Remember When? Community, footballers rally behind Rebs’ Terry Quinn |
|Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 4:11 pm |
|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
Sept. 4 — A total of $1,300 was raised at the Terry Quinn Benefit Tennis Tournament. Quinn, a junior quarterback at Obion Central battling cancer, had his leg amputated earlier in the year. Singles winners from the event included Paula Zipp, Andrea Wilkerson, Karen McWherter, Robert McClusky, Mike Gilliam, Billy McCall and Dick Davies.
Sept. 8 — Obion Central nudged Westview 20-18 to cap an emotional opener, dedicating the victory to junior quarterback Terry Quinn. Quinn, who was undergoing chemotherapy after having his leg amputated, was on the sideline to cheer on his teammates to the triumph over the Chargers. Jeff Rudd made two trips to the endzone (one from 25 yards out, the other from 34 yards away) during the victory, while Walt Warren dove in from a yard out for the third and final OC score.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 4 — Obion Central head football coach Jim Wiggins, paralyzed from the neck down after being stricken by transverse mylitis, directed his team from the back of an ambulance via a headset and communication through his wife and assistant coaches during a 22-0 defeat to Union City. Clint Joiner ran in a touchdown from 14 yards away, while Anthony Dysart dove in from a yard out for the Twisters. Otherwise, Jeff Fowler booted a 28-yard field goal and Darrian Bishop returned an interception 32 yards to account for UC’s other points.
Sept. 6 — The Troy 10-and-under team claimed the top prize in the Obion County Softball League’s regular season and second place in the postseason tournament. Team members were Jenny Eaves, Charity Nolan, Samantha Eaves, Hope Glover, Andrea McCage, Cheryl Nolan, Heather Bell, Lori Dotson, Heidi Sanford, Roxanne Herndon, Allison Hall, Delia Haskins, Allison Harris, Dana Conner and Jenny Graham. Chris Crockett served as the team’s manager, while Joyce Miller and Danny Haskins helped out as coaches.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 3 — The Union City freshman football team whipped Gibson County 34-6. Rusty Young threw two touchdown passes during the win and ran for another. Otherwise, Jerry Slayton sprinted 40 yards to the endzone, while Matt Harrelson scooted in from eight yards away for the final Twister score. UC held a 28-0 advantage at halftime.
Sept. 6 — Gwin Wood’s 100th career coaching victory went off without a hitch. The Red Devils drubbed Gleason 32-0 to get the veteran mentor the milestone win. Craig Dame scored twice for SF during the triumph, reaching paydirt on runs of 27 and 19 yards, while Bryan Doty pulled down a 25-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Wieber. Wieber also ran for a touchdown as did Steven Wright.
5 Years Ago
Sept. 6 — Union City held off Trenton 15-7 on the high school gridiron. Dontez Simpson dove in from a yard out for the first Twister score, while Tyler Sherwood ran in the two-point conversion. Ben Ferguson also made his way to paydirt from five yards away for UC’s second score. Defensively, Tony Mosley, John Graham and Parks Barker topped the Union City tackle chart with five stops each.
Sept. 8 — Fulton County head football coach Bob Winston left the program in bizarre fashion. Winston departed his residence in Hickman at some point on the Thursday night or in the early hours of the Friday morning prior to a 53-18 defeat to Heath. Pilot Assistant Stephen Long coached that game and was named along with Greg Ross as the program’s joint interim head coaches. Officials at FC were tight-lipped about Winston’s disappearance.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 8 — Union City’s offense was just a bit more potent than Lake County’s. The Twisters, behind a 310 rushing yard, six touchdown game from quarterback Colton Speed, bested LC 55-41 in the shootout. All totaled, UC accounted for 653 yards of total offense, while the Falcons were no slouches, moving the pigskin 526 yards. Rance Barnes and Jacob Worley also each accounted for one UC TD.
Sept. 9 — The Union City girls’ golf team edged Dyer County 101-103 in a match at Poplar Meadows Country Club. Meanwhile, the boys’ golf squad fell 172-202. For the Lady Twisters, Katie Potter carded a 45, while Allison Bruff shot a 56. On the boys’ side, UC’s medalist was Larkin Austin with a 43. Otherwise, Britton Bugg shot a 49, Jackson Donnell finished with a 53 and Turner Ams contributed a round of 57.