Obion Central’s Mason McGrew looks for open field during the Rebels’ defeat on Saturday.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Obion Central coach Shawn Jackson tipped his cap to Cape Central after Saturday’s 46-13 defeat at Southeast Missouri’s Houck Stadium.
The Tigers, who improved to 3-0 on the campaign with Saturday’s win, limited the Rebels to just 49 offensive yards in the first half — 217 for the game — and a grand total of four first downs during the first two periods of play.
All totaled, Obion Central (1-3) ran for just 104 yards (five rushing yards at halftime) as the county locals were limited to a total of 15 carries.
“We were overmatched coming in and we all knew it,” Jackson claimed after the program’s largest margin of defeat since Oct. 24, 2008 (47-0 vs. Haywood). “I knew we wouldn’t be able to run the ball because they’re bigger and stronger on the line than we are. Plus, we’re pretty banged up and we had to shuffle a lot of our personnel around after Shawn Weaks got injured in practice on Wednesday.
“Cape is a very impressive football team with a lot of Division I athletes and I’d be shocked if they lose to anyone.”
On Saturday, it appeared that Cape Central had Obion Central’s number from the opening whistle.
The Rebels (1-3) floundered through their initial drive with five incomplete passes leading to an eventual punt by Dylan Trout, who was limited to only special teams duties due to an injured ankle.
From there, the Tigers drove methodically down the field from their own 9.
Quarterback Christian Cavaness made a pair of huge connections on third-and fourth-down attempts (13 and eight yards, respectively) to towering tight end Zach Boerboom (6-4, 245) to keep the drive alive after OC’s Joe Ferguson stuffed Deonte Jenkins for an eight-yard loss earlier in the drive.
Once within the redzone, Cape Central relied strictly on its ground game with Keilon Moore diving in from three yards away to put the host team up with 1:20 left in the first.
Andrew Hileman booted the point-after to give CC a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, it appeared that Obion Central had stopped the Tigers and regained possession of the pigskin after Hileman’s 27-yard field goal attempt was no good.
However, the officiating crew whistled OC for what could best be described as a phantom roughing the kicker call and Cape Central got a fresh set of downs.
“There were a bunch of bad calls, but it wouldn’t have really mattered in the final score,” Jackson said. “I think if we played them 10 times, we wouldn’t beat them once.”
After CC fullback Michael Reeder bulled in for a four-yard touchdown run in the third, Obion Central finally showed signs of offensive life.
Rebel quarterback Trey Phipps found Tanner Cary — who smoked his defender on said play — for a 37-yard TD on the fourth play of an 80-yard drive. Nathan Ward’s point-after kick was no good and OC trailed 27-6 with 4:19 remaining in the third.
The county locals’ second score of the afternoon came early in the fourth frame and it also came on a short march.
LaDevin Fair busted loose for 40 yards on first down and Justin Wiles sprinted 33 yards on the second play from scrimmage to set up a seven-yard touchdown toss from Phipps to Nathan Ward. Ward put the PAT through the uprights to account for the final Obion Central tally.
Defensively, Obion Central’s Josh Quinton had 19 stops (13 solo), while Joe Ferguson totaled 11 tackles (two for a loss.)
Injury-wise OC’s Jaquis Williams was hampered with what Jackson said was a torn medial collateral ligament, while Jake Garrigan (ankle) and Weaks (knee) did not dress out in pads.