|Obion Central at Union City
PLACE, TIME: War Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Obion Central 1-3; Union City 2-1.
COACHES (RECORDS): Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (14-21 in 4th season, 7-18 in 3rd season at OC); Union City: Darren Bowling (131-67 in 17th season; 24-5 in 3rd year at UC).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Union City won, 34-12.
SERIES RECORD — Union City leads all-time, 38-10.
LAST WEEK — Obion Central lost to Cape Central (Mo.), 46-13, while Union City edged Huntingdon, 29-26.
NEXT WEEK — Obion Central is idle. Union City hosts Trinity Christian Academy.
KEY PLAYERS: Obion Central — RB LaDevin Fair, QB Trey Phipps, LBs Steven Patton and Joe Ferguson, WRs Mason McGrew and Tanner Cary. Union City — QB Chase Bowling, RB/LB Keylon Hyde, OL/LB Trey Maddox, OL/DL Nick Crumble, RB/DB Deandrez Williams.
OUTLOOK: While the Tornadoes have dominated the long-running series between Obion County’s two biggest schools, this year’s matchup has no clear-cut favorite. Central’s most glaring shortcoming has been defense and penalties. Opponents have essentially run over, around and through the Rebs at over a 300 ypg clip and have averaged over 380 ypg all totaled. And the county locals have hurt themselves with untimely flags, averaging almost 90 yards’ worth of infractions through four games. Getting Fair 25-30 touches will be critical, and Obion Central should find a Twister defense that has been shaky at times and given up four touchdowns in each of its first three games to its liking. There’s been nothing wrong with the Tornado offense that’s averaged nearly 400 yards and 33 ppg, with fullback Keylon Hyde having already gone over the 500-yard rushing mark. The younger Bowling threw three TD passes vs. Huntingdon last week, the first time that has been done in a game at UC since 2007 when Brett White turned the trick against South Fulton. The Rebels turned the ball over six times in last year’s loss, while UC had 110 yards’ worth of penalties and two TDs called back. The contest will be the first home game of the season for the Tornadoes.
South Fulton at Humboldt
PLACE, TIME: Barker Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: SF 2-1 (0-1); Humboldt 2-2 (1-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (14-11 in 3rd season); Humboldt: Dan Bland (153-96 in 24th season overall).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Humboldt won the first-ever meeting, 25-21.
LAST WEEK — South Fulton beat Fulton City, 47-6, while Humboldt lost to Milan, 27-7.
NEXT WEEK — South Fulton hosts Gleason. Humboldt is at home vs. McKenzie.
KEY PLAYERS: South Fulton — QB JaQuay Garmon, RBs J.P. Fowler and Chance Barnes, LB/RB Cody Tatum and Will Kneuppel, WR Khiry Lewis. Humboldt — RBs Quan Campbell and Antonio Brooks, QBs Brian Harris and Zac Shepherd, LB Quincy Woods, OL/DL Teven Bryson.
OUTLOOK: Already behind the eight-ball in their quest to make it back to the playoffs, the Devils might now need an upset to qualify for the postseason after dropping a one-point decision to Greenfield in their District 14A opener. Beating the Vikings would qualify as such. H’boldt has a ton of speed and big-play artists and is predicted by many to be a frontrunner in the race for one of two automatic playoff berths in 14A. Campbell is the best of the fleet-footed Viking backs and has two 100-yard games already this season as he seeks a third straight 1,000-yard rushing campaign. Campbell had 105 yards last year vs. the Devils but just one run over 15 yards. SF should have some confidence after battling H’boldt to the wire last season, losing only when the Vikes scored with less than two minutes to play to escape with a victory after Redmen had won most statistical battles.
Todd Central at Fulton City
PLACE, TIME: Memorial Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Todd Central 2-2; Fulton City 0-4.
COACHES (RECORDS): Todd Central: Bryan Jones (2-2 in 1st season); Fulton City: Brad Rozzell (0-4 in 1st season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Fulton City won, 42-14.
LAST WEEK — Todd Central lost to Grayson County, 49-2, while Fulton City was beaten by South Fulton, 47-6.
KEY PLAYERS: Todd Central — FB/LB Bronsen Massey, QB/LB Jeffrey Boards, NG/C Russell Jones, RB/WR/DB Michael Rager, RB DeShon Wills . Fulton City — RB/S Rondell Bransford, WR/S Adam Hamrick, FB/LB Bubba Kirby, QB Mason Garland, OL/DL Lorinzo Ruiz.
OUTLOOK: The Rebels — winless a year ago and with just 12 victories over the last six seasons combined — represented one of Fulton City’s two wins last season after Jacquis Lockett gashed them for 283 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Under rookie skipper Jones, though, TC has already won twice and scored more points (73) in four games than they did all of last season. The Rebs did commit six turnovers in a 49-2 loss to 5A Grayson County last week. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, must find some semblance of consistent offense after scoring just 19 points in four games — never more than one TD in any of those contests. Bransford (175 yards vs. South Fulton) has essentially been Fulton City’s lone threat and has had two 100-yard rushing games.