Remember When? Paul Decker leads OC Rebels to home-opening triumph

Remember When? Paul Decker leads OC Rebels to home-opening triumph
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
Sept. 17 — Woodland defeated Obion on the junior high gridiron. Jeff Buckley made all three touchdown runs for the victors, while Joe Townsend punched in a two-pointer. Meanwhile, Obion had Melvin Boyd and Steven Swift each with one run to paydirt.
Sept. 20 — Paul Decker made a pair of short touchdown runs as Obion Central edged Chester County 21-14 in the home opener for the county locals. Decker made TD plunges of four and three yards. Otherwise, Rebel quarterback Tim Morris dove in from a yard out. Obion Central outgained CC 268-266.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 17 — Fulton City routed Gleason on the high school gridiron. Homer Patton showed out for the Kentucky Bulldogs, totaling four touchdowns (three by way of rushing and one on a fumble return). All totaled, Patton ran for 99 yards on 16 carries. Danny Pettigrew also made a two-yard plunge to paydirt for Fulton City.
Sept. 21 — Union City’s name was at the top of the leaderboard in a three-way prep golf match also involving Obion Central and Westview. The Twisters’ cumulative score of 158 bested that of second-place OC (183) and Westview (191). Union City’s Joe David Hamblin fired the low score of the afternoon with a 35, while teammate Billy Dowell Jr. carded a 38. Additionally, Kevin Little and Jason Woods offered respective scores of 40 and 46 for UC. Central had Kris Booth with a 37, Richie Osborne with a 46, David Reed at 49 and Matt Elam with a 51.
10 Years Ago
Sept. 18 — Union City improved to 5-0 on the campaign after its 20-3 besting of Trenton. Mario McElrath, who finished with 118 rushing yards on 12 carries, made a 55-yard dash to paydirt. Lucas Ingram also rushed for one UC touchdown — a 10-yard scoring jaunt. Twister kicker George Evans booted a pair of field goals (25 and 27 yards).
Sept. 22 — Two shots separated the competition at a three-way prep golf match. Milan’s 165 was one stroke better than Union City’s score (166) and two shots ahead of Obion Central’s tally (167). Brandon Nicks offered the low score among local linksters with a 38, while Luke Stover fired a 40. OC’s Blake Pryor and Seth Lofton finished a 42 and 46, respectively. The Twisters had Britton Bugg and Travis McIntosh both at 41, while Garrett Pair came to the clubhouse with a 42 and Brandon Thomas carded a 43.
5 Years Ago
Sept. 20 — Several local youngsters won first place at the Union City leg of the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Those claiming first place trophies and advancing to the sectional leg of competition were Hannah Cavness, Anna Moore, Allison Bruff, K.J. Brooks, Landry Nolan, Zack Cavness and Chandler Fussell.
Sept. 21 — Kendrick Price rushed for four long touchdowns to lift the Union City Middle School football team to a 21-14 triumph over Lake County. Price made scoring dashes of 71 and 65 yards in the second half to erase a 14-12 halftime deficit. In the first half, Price darted 46 and 64 yards to paydirt.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 18 — Lake Road kept score — literally — during its 20-6 victory over Black Oak. The Generals, playing their third on-campus home game, were able to stay current with how much time remained in each quarter and what the score was thanks to the debut of their new scoreboard. LR quarterback Blake Berner finished 6-of-8 with two touchdowns. Berner found Garrett Riley on a 45-yard scoring pattern in the third quarter and a 12-yard pitch to Dylan Caudle in the fourth. Additionally, Berner dove in from two yards out for Lake Road’s only rushing score. For the Eagles, fullback Shawn Terry plowed to paydirt for his team’s lone score of the afternoon.
Sept. 21 — Union City’s balanced offensive attack proved better than the one-man show employed by Obion Central during a 34-12 triumph. Twister fullback Josh Nicks rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, while slot Kendrick Price ran for 76 yards and a TD and quarterback Chase Bowling motored forward for 68 yards and a score. Price also caught a touchdown toss from Bowling. For Central, Patrick Haskins ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Obion Central quarterback also threw for 102 yards.

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