Union City at Huntingdon PLACE, TIME: Paul Ward Stadium, 7:30 p.m. 2010 RECORDS: Union City 1-1; Huntingdon 1-2. COACHES (RECORDS): Union City: Darren Bowling (130-67 in 17th season; 23-5 in 3rd year at UC); Huntingdon: Eric Swenson (33-27 in 6th season). LAST MEETING: 2009. The two split a pair of games, Huntingdon winning 44-35 in the regular season, and UC winning 30-7 in Round 3 of the state playoffs. SERIES RECORD — Union City leads all-time, 14-8. LAST WEEK — Union City lost to Trenton, 29-28, while Huntingdon beat Bruceton, 49-13. NEXT WEEK — Union City hosts Obion Central, and Huntingdon plays at West Carroll. KEY PLAYERS: Union City — QB Chase Bowling, RB/LB Keylon Hyde, OL/LB Trey Maddox, OL/DL Nick Crumble, RB/DB Deandrez Williams. Huntingdon — QB Tyler Warbritton, RB Bam Melton, FB/DL Zach Wallace, OL Shan Walton. OUTLOOK: Both of these two remain a mystery early in the season with neither resembling the teams they were a year ago. The Tornadoes, with five sophomores and a freshman starting on offense, don’t appear good enough or seasoned enough to overcome mistakes, as evidenced by last week when they committed a number of gaffes that essentially cost them a critical District 14A victory against Trenton. On the other side, Huntingdon has junked the single-wing offense after being shut out in its first two games, going back to the wing-T set that was a staple of the program. Warbritton was inserted at quarterback just before halftime last week, with Melton, the previous starter, moved to a wing. There are injuries on both sides, with Abram Carroll (OT/DT) out with a knee injury for UC, and Melton (ankle) and a couple of others gimpy for Huntingdon. UC had dropped five straight to the Mustangs before beating them in last year’s state quarterfinals
OC vs. Cape Cent. @ SEMO (Sat.) PLACE, TIME: Houck Stadium, SEMO campus; 1 p.m. 2010 RECORDS: OC 1-2; CC 2-0. COACHES (RECORDS): Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (14-20 in 4th season, 7-17 in 3rd season at OC); Cape Central: Rich Payne (3-19 in 3rd season). LAST MEETING: 2009. Obion Central won, 43-25. SERIES RECORD — OC won lone previous meeting. LAST WEEK — Obion Central lost to Crockett County, 22-16, while Cape Central beat Festus (Mo.), 28-16. NEXT WEEK — Obion Central plays at Union City, while Cape Central faces Jackson (Mo.). KEY PLAYERS: Obion Central — RB LaDevin Fair, QB Trey Phipps, LB Steven Patton, OL Spenser Maloney, WRs Shawn Weaks, Mason McGrew and Tanner Cary. Cape Central — RBs Keilon Moore and James Poindexter, QB Christian Cavaness, OL Christopher Bird, TE Zach Boerboom. OUTLOOK: The Rebels missed out on a golden opportunity to record the signature win the program so desperately needs when they let third-ranked Crockett County wiggle off the hook last week. OC was done in by 140 yards’ worth of penalties, the most damaging being a holding call that wiped away a 40-yard TD run in the fourth period that likely would’ve salted away the upset. Fair had a monster game running the ball and likely will see more time at quarterback this week as Central looks to get the ball in his hands more often. The Rebs will face another foe who’ll look to eat up the clock while employing a run-heavy offense. The Tigers have already surpassed their win total of the last two seasons combined when they went 1-19, and their Week 1 41-6 victory over New Madrid County Central broke a 13-game losing skid. CC is a veteran team, with 25 seniors, and is 2-0 for the first time since 2002. The host team will surely be looking for a measure of revenge for the latter seconds of last year’s game when Obion Central’s Patrick Haskins ran 77 yards on the last snap of the game rather than take a knee to punctuate the Rebs’ 18-point victory.
South Fulton at Fulton City PLACE, TIME: Memorial Field, 7:30 p.m. 2010 RECORDS: South Fulton 1-1; Fulton City 0-3. COACHES (RECORDS): South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (13-11 in 3rd season); Fulton City: Brad Rozzell (0-3 in 1st season). LAST MEETING: 2009. South Fulton won, 55-26. SERIES RECORD — Fulton City leads all-time, 23-21. LAST WEEK — South Fulton lost to Greenfield, 13-12, while Fulton City was beaten by Murray, 57-0. NEXT WEEK — South Fulton plays at Humboldt, while Fulton City hosts Todd County Central. KEY PLAYERS: South Fulton — QB JaQuay Garmon, RBs J.P. Fowler and Chance Barnes, LB/RB Cody Tatum and Will Kneuppel, WR Khiry Lewis. Fulton City — RB/S Rondell Bransford, WR/S Adam Hamrick, FB/LB Bubba Kirby, QB Mason Garland, OL/DL Lerinzo Ruiz OUTLOOK: Formerly the ‘Banana Bowl’ and later held in conjunction with ‘Weekend at Pontotoc,’ now these two just get together to play football and determine Twin-Cities bragging rights. The Red Devils have won eight of the last nine meetings — a 2006 forfeit included — and have scored 36 and 55 points, respectively, in their previous two wins with Spivey at the helm. SF will come in likely still kicking itself after allowing a key District 14A victory slip from its grasp last week, a costly setback that could ultimately keep the Redmen out of the playoffs. On paper, South Fulton looks to have far more firepower than the Bulldogs, who’ve been outscored 140-13 in three games and have been severely overmatched against Lake County, Gleason and Murray. Bransford (169 yards) has accounted for nearly half of Fulton City’s total offense numbers.