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Rebels reserves passable this time

Rebels reserves passable this time
Obion Central took it easy on Friday at the Covington Jamboree.
The Rebels, in their final preseason action prior to the season opener this Saturday, relied on what head coach Shawn Jackson termed a team of “junior varsity” players exclusively on offense and only had their first-team defense on the field for about six minutes during a 14-10 win over Tipton-Rosemark Academy.
“Our first team (on offense) did good against Henry County, but when we put the JV team in, they didn’t move the ball at all,” Jackson said. “I felt like they were starstruck (at HC) and they didn’t play up to their ability. So, we decided to run them out in front of all of these people and get them used to playing on Friday night.”
Nathan Ashley and Alec Reynolds stole the show on Friday with the latter catching two touchdowns and the former throwing said scores.
Both plays encompassed over 70 yards, according to Jackson.
Defensively, Jackson said his troops shot themselves in the foot, allowing too many second chances for TRA due to post-snap penalties.
“I thought the defense did alright, but we had way too many penalties,” Jackson said. “We jumped offsides, roughed the kicker and had late hits. You can’t do that and get the defense off the field.
“We gave them too many opportunities and I think our football IQ was low in that respect.”
Injury-wise, Mason McGrew, is still nursing a high-ankle sprain. He did not play in the scrimmage at HC, either.
The Rebels begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday at home against Fulton County.

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