Messenger Sports Briefs for September 21

Messenger Sports Briefs for September 21

Twisters fall a spot
after defeat to OC

Union City’s 19-14 loss to county rival Obion Central did not knock the Tornadoes out of the state rankings.
In fact, the setback barely affected UC at all in the Class 1A poll as the locals dropped just one spot after losing their first home game of the season this past Friday.
Union City is now eighth — down from seventh — but trails a new No. 1 as Jo Byrns replaced South Pittsburg atop the single-A listing after SP was beaten 40-36 by Class 2A’s second-ranked team, Signal Mountain.
Lake County moved up one spot to fifth in the rankings after thrashing Halls, 42-7.
A complete list of the rankings in all classifications can be found on page 7.

SF girls’ soccer team
bests Gibson County

South Fulton soccer coach Mixon Moore got one over on some of his former Gibson County charges.
The ex-Lady Pioneer aide skippered the Devilette soccer team to a 5-2 victory on Monday in Dyer.
Kayla Lindsey booted two goals for South Fulton (3-5) as did Desiray Sturgeon.
Morgan Kane also scored once for the Devilettes.
SF returns to action this evening at home against McKenzie. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

UC product Chandler
leads Union to win

The Union University men’s golf team posted a victory in its first tournament of the season, earning the championship at the Fall Invitational it hosted on Friday.
Bulldog Ryan Chandler, a Union City product, took the individual title at the tournament after topping Cumberland (Tenn.) player Paul Vaughn in a playoff hole. Each player shot a round of 73 on the par-72 course.
Union’s first-team won the event with a 301. Cumberland’s first team finished second with a 313, followed by Union’s B-team in third (319), Cumberland’s B-team in fourth (324), Blue Mountain (Miss.) in fifth (325), Bethel (Tenn.) in sixth (331), Martin Methodist (Tenn.) B-team in seventh (335) and Martin Methodist’s first team in eighth (341).

UTM’s Estelle, Nalls
rewarded by OVC

UT Martin defensive end Darrin Nalls and defensive back CJ Estelle were selected as Ohio Valley Conference Players of the Week.
Nalls was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, while Estelle claimed the OVC’s Newcomer of the Week.
Nalls, who was also honored with the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Defensive Lineman of the Week, had five tackles (four solo), two sacks, two tackles for a loss and forced two fumbles in UTM’s 20-10 victory over Eastern Illinois in the OVC opener for both teams. Both of Nalls forced fumbles came in the fourth quarter.
The first fumble led to a Skyhawk field goal.
Estelle recorded a team-high eight tackles (six solo).
The junior also had a tackle for a loss, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry.

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