Central setback is due to flags

Central setback is due to flags
Central setback is due to flags

Skylar Hopkins, Josh Quinton and Tanner Miller up team up for a takedown during Obion Central’s defeat on Friday.
It could be said that Obion Central both shot itself in the foot but also had blanks in the chamber of its offensive gun during Friday’s 22-16 defeat to Crockett County.
The Rebels committed a total of 14 penalties, resulting in 140 yards’ worth of setbacks and the team also failed to take advantage of a trio of opportunities to put the No. 3 ranked Cavs (Class 4A) either two possessions back — near halftime — or away at the end of the game.
“We made a bunch of bad mistakes,” Rebel coach Shawn Jackson said. “Tonight, penalties really killed us. We had a touchdown that could have clinched a win called back in the fourth quarter because of holding. We gave them over 100 yards in penalty yards on a night when our offense didn’t play as well as I’d like for it to.
“You can’t do stuff like that and expect to beat the No. 3 team in the state.”
Probably, the most heart-breaking play for the county locals came in the fourth quarter when OC was ahead 16-14.
LaDevin Fair, who rushed for a grand total of 192 yards on 26 carries and also threw a 27-yard halfback pass, sprinted down the Crockett County sideline for what would have been a 40-yard touchdown carry with just under eight minutes remaining on a third-and-one. However, a holding call back near the line of scrimmage negated the score.
Thus, the Rebels punted the pigskin away two plays later.
Eventually, the Cavaliers would drive the dagger through the heart of the Central faithful when Austin Taylor rumbled to paydirt from four yards out with 1:47 left in the contest for the winning touchdown. Kyle Nance took in the two-point conversion as CC went up 22-16.
Obion Central had been in the driver’s seat up until that point, but Jackson isn’t pleased with coming close to a win over the highly-regarded Cavs.
“There are no moral victories,” Jackson said. “We expect to win football games and we didn’t. We now have to move on and get ready to face more tough opponents.”
OC squandered a pair of chances to take a two-possession lead around halftime.
The first opportunity came late in the second quarter after Nance fumbled and the Rebels recovered the pigskin at the Cavaliers’ 37.
With 2:09 remaining before halftime and a 10-7 lead, OC drove all the way to the Crockett County 2-yard-line before a holding call set the Rebels back at the 12.
Two plays later, CC’s Logan Garner picked off a Trey Phipps aerial to deny Obion Central its opportunity to score.
After halftime, the Rebels, who received the kickoff to start the second half, also had a good setup but Phipps, who was 12-for-23 for 122 yards on the evening, was picked off by Nance at the Crockett County 35.
The Cavaliers (2-0, 1-0 in 13AA) drew first blood on Friday with their most impressive offensive showing of the evening to start the contest.
CC chewed up 7:02 and drove a total of 72 yards on 14 plays to its first score. The drive was capped when Nance dove in from a yard out with 4:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Armando Villareal booted the point-after and the Cavaliers enjoyed an early 7-0 advantage.
Obion Central fired back in the second quarter after a bad CC punt snap gave the county locals great field position at the visitors’ 27. Phipps found Nathan Ward for a 23 yard aerial and then handed off to Fair, who made the four-yard trip across the goalline.
The Rebels (1-2, 0-1 in 13AA) went ahead in the second quarter when Ward booted a 22-yard field goal with 3:17 to go in the first half. His kick was set up by a textbook halfback pass that saw Fair find Ward for a 27-yard gain.
The Cavaliers went ahead in the third quarter when Austin Taylor — one of two backs to rush for over 100 yards made a nine-yard run to the endzone. Central responded as Fair sprinted 72 yards for a score to put the host team up 16-14 with 3:14 remaining in the third.
Defensively, Tanner Miller led the way with 24 tackles (14 solo). Josh Quinton had 17 stops — 11 of the solo variety and three for a loss, while Steven Patton totaled 14 tackles for the Rebels. Joe Ferguson also had 14 takedowns for Central.
Lucas Garland and Chris Donaldson both had one interception for OC.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday at Cape Central. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Nance finished the game with 127 rushing yards, while Taylor had 125 for Crockett County. It is the second straight week in which Nance has surpassed the 100-yard mark and also the second contest in a row where CC has finished with a pair of 100-yard rushers. … Obion Central’s defense was much better than in Week 1. The Rebels allowed just 338 yards to the Cavaliers in comparison to the 563 allowed against Sikeston. … Obion Central defensive tackle Kevin Cumana sat out Friday’s contest with a shoulder injury.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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