Final Twister push paves playoff path

Final Twister push paves playoff path
Both Union City and Humboldt entered Tuesday night’s West Tennessee Athletic Conference showdown unbeaten.
Only the Tornadoes are this morning.
UC’s middle school football entry scored twice in the fourth quarter to rally past the Vikings 32-18 at Barker Memorial Stadium.
The victory wrapped up a spot in the West Tennessee Athletic Conference playoffs for the Twisters, who improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 league play.
Union City, which still has regular season games remaining vs. Dyersburg and Martin, will likely open the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the North Division of the WTAC, and play the runnerup from the South Division on Oct. 12.
The two winners will meet in the league finals a week later, that victor advancing on to the TMSAA playoffs.
Jacob Hyde and Alex Reid both scored two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions, and the Tornado defense turned in a strong second-half effort in Tuesday’s triumph over a talented Humboldt squad.
“Our kids really picked it up in the second half,” UCMS head coach Bobby Williams said. “We controlled the ball, starting with the third-quarter kickoff, and we really seemed to gain confidence as the game went on.
“I was really proud of them.”
Reid, who rushed for 184 yards on 14 carries, had scoring runs covering 71 and two yards. One of his two PATs came on a pass from Garrett Walton.
Hyde totaled 81 yards on 14 attempts, hitting paydirt on runs of three and eight yards.
The Union City defense, which got a critical fumble recovery from Jamie Pirtle to set up the team’s go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, did not allow Humboldt a first down over the final two periods.
Hyde, Reid, Tristen Jernigan and Ricky Henry all had four tackles to pace the unit.
The Jr. Tornadoes will host Dyersburg next Tuesday in their final regular season home game.

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