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Rebs proud of all but final tally

Rebs proud of all but final tally
Rebs proud of all but final tally

Obion Central’s Jacquis Williams closes in during Friday’s loss at Crockett County.
There’s not a football coach around who is satisfied with a moral victory.
Count Obion Central head coach Shawn Jackson as one as well.
But, the Rebel head man was very happy with his team’s performance against fourth-ranked Crockett County despite being on the losing end of a 34-21 score at Alamo Friday night.
“Nobody expected that we’d play them this close,” said an enthusiastic Jackson afterward. “I felt good about our kids this week and I’d love to play them (Crockett County) again. They’re ranked fourth in the state and they’re the team to beat in our district.
“We came on the road and had our chances. This was the best game we’ve played since I’ve been at Obion. This proved that we can win the rest of our games and be in the hunt in the district. I’m extremely proud of our kids that they fought to the end.”
Crockett County (2-0, 1-0) bolted to a 21-0 lead after the two swapped initial offensive possessions.
The Cavs got a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Austin Taylor to cap a 12-play, 81-yard run and scoring jaunts of 25 and 19 yards from Jonathan Jurnett — the first after OC’s Patrick Haskins threw an interception.
Obion Central (1-2, 0-1) had been unable to move the ball for the first 16 minutes of the game, but once Jackson and the coaching staff made some in-game adjustments, the Rebels were on the march.
Haskins engineered an eight-play, 74-yard drive to put Central on a malfunctioning scoreboard that never displayed a working clock. Haskins did the honors himself, going in from three yards out.
“They came out with some funny stuff on us and it took us a little bit to adjust,” the Rebel skipper said. “They came out bang, bang, bang and were up 21-0 on us. But, we came back and scored right before the half and got some momentum.”
The Cavs went up 27-6 with three minutes left in the first half when Darrius Bass scored from 28 yards out.
The Rebels then went into their two-minute offense.
Haskins connected with Lucas Fulbright for 16 yards, Patrick Minnick for seven and Fulbright again for 43 yards. The OC signal-caller then found Jacquis Williams in the endzone from 19 yards out for a touchdown with 1:20 left in the first half with Haskins’ PAT closing the difference to 27-14 at the half.
Up until the Rebels second scoring drive, the Cavs controlled the game, amassing 293 total yards of offense in the first half.
A determined OC defense basically shut down Crockett County in the second half other than a Kyle Nance 32-yard third-quarter score.
OC’s Fulbright added the game’s final score with a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the final tally.
Haskins led the way for the Rebels with 89 yards rushing and 157 yards passing. Fulbright caught three passes for 59 yards and Minnick had three catches for 41 yards.
Bass led the Cavaliers with 104 yards rushing followed by Jurnett who added 85 yards on the ground.
Small mistakes early cost OC, according to their head coach.
“We’re not good enough athletically to drop passes and make mistakes that create third and long,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to make sure that kind of stuff doesn’t happen.
“We stayed away from the negative plays tonight for the most part. We had everybody back tonight defensively, and that’s going to help us be a very good football team.”
Joe Ferguson turned in a remarkable performance from the Central secondary, in on an amazing 21 tackles with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Linebacker Blake Boyd also had a spectacular effort with 19 stops in all.
The night marked the return of a trio of suspended players for the Rebels — Ethan Davis (ejected vs. Fulton County in Week 0), Minnick and Williams (off-field two-game suspensions).
The Rebels return to Troy Friday night as Cape Central out of Missouri will come calling, while the Cavaliers with play Dyer County in Alamo.

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