|Reb mentor no spoil sport to ask for pride every week
|Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 5:16 pm
|Shawn Jackson insists he didn’t want to spoil the party.
The Obion Central coach claims he did temper the celebration somewhat, though.
Jackson said he met with his troops after they’d beaten county rival and then No. 7-ranked Union City 19-14 last week to put the result in perspective.
“I didn’t want to rain on their parade, but I was a little concerned about a couple of things and wanted to emphasize that I believe we should play with that type of emotion and intensity in every game,” the OC skipper said.
“I know it’s a pride thing with rivalry games, but I want to know where their pride is when we play teams like Crockett County. They’re in our district and what we do against them will determine whether we go to the playoffs or not. I asked them where their pride was in that game.
“It sorta bothered me a little. Every game should be personal for them, not just Union City. That’s why we’re 2-3 right now and not 4-1. We have to make every week personal after the bye week, because that will decide if we make it to the postseason or not.”
Jackson went on to say that — even though the Rebels don’t have a game this week — the focus has already been shifted to Central’s next opponent, Covington on Oct. 1.
“We’ll take them one at a time, but we’ll watch Covington and Dyersburg this week, because those are our next two games,” he added. “Those games will either give us some momentum toward making the playoffs, or we’ll look back on them and say they were the reason we didn’t get in, because we didn’t take care of business and didn’t prepare.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll have a carryover intensity-wise and emotionally from the Union City game, and not a letdown. If we do, we’re done.”
HEAVY HEARTS — Glea-son may be South Fulton’s adversary this week, but don’t be shocked to see the two teams huddled in prayer for Bulldog Drake Damesworth after Friday’s game.
Damesworth, a freshman, was making a play in the fourth quarter last Friday at McKenzie when he landed face down on his helmet causing his neck to buckle.
The resulting injury was a broken vertebrae and Damesworth underwent surgery to address the injury at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis over the weekend.
“I’m from McKenzie and his mom and mother’s family are, too, so I’ve heard a lot about it and they’ve been in my thoughts and prayers,” SF head coach Kelly Spivey said. “Ideally, I’d like to get both teams together at some point Friday and pray for him right in the middle of the field.
“I’m afraid if we did it before the game, it might get too emotional, so I’d like to get together after the game.”
Injury-wise, Spivey said that Red Devil fullback/linebacker Cody Tatum is probable for Friday’s game.
The bulldozing back suffered an ankle injury in the second half of South Fulton’s loss at Humboldt.
William Peery will be out this week, according to Spivey. Peery, who has handled SF’s punting duties and also saw time at split end this season, was diagnosed with a concussion early this week.
Kyle Watkins is another South Fulton player in pain after a freak accident in practice.
Watkins got his elbow caught up in the face mask of fullback Willy Kneuppel, resulting in what Spivey believes is just bruising.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE — Union City’s shortcomings in its two losses are easily traced.
The 2-2 Tornadoes — ranked eighth this week in the Associated Press poll after dropping a 19-14 decision to county-rival Obion Central in Week 4 — have been plagued by untimely penalties and equally inopportune turnovers in both of their setbacks.
UC has committed eight penalties in losses to both OC and Trenton, totaling 154 yards combined. More telling, though, is when those flags were dropped.
In the Central game, Union City had a touchdown on a kickoff return, had two long gainers nullified and aided a Rebel scoring drive with a pass interference call.
Against Trenton, Peabody’s game-winning field goal kick was set up by a pass interference infraction with less than 20 seconds to go and a few minutes earlier had a TD called back late in the game. The Twisters also had a couple of sizable pickups offset by illegal motion flags.
UC has been guilty of two turnovers in each of its losses and is a minus-two in the turnover ration department for the season.