Revved-up OC true ‘Boss Hoss’ in D’burg

Revved-up OC true ‘Boss Hoss’ in D’burg
Revved-up OC true ‘Boss Hoss’ in D’burg

Obion Central’s Kevin Cumana stops Dyersburg’s Rod Ceasar as Rebel Skylar Hopkins watches.
Dyersburg drove in on its famed Boss Hoss motorcycles, but Obion Central had all the horsepower in a 48-7 romp on Friday.
The Rebels, a week removed from a heart-breaking 35-30 defeat at Covington, dismantled the Trojans — rolling up 508 yards of total offense en route to the District 13AA victory.
Obion Central quarterback Trey Phipps was especially impressive, throwing for 367 yards and three touchdowns at a 13-for-16 clip. Phipps, a junior, completed 10 of his first 11 passes.
By halftime, Phipps had decimated the Dyersburg defense, throwing for 343 yards in the first two quarters alone on multiple post, slant and crossover routes.
Additionally, Rebel running back LaDevin Fair surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season with 130 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Fair also showcased his receiving ability with three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.
“We finally played to the level that we’re capable of,” an obviously-pleased OC skipper Shawn Jackson said. “We didn’t turn the ball over or commit any dumb penalties and that also went a long way for us.
“After the loss last week, I think it’s also worth mentioning that we had good practices leading up to this game and I hope we can remain focused this week even with fall break.”
With the win, Central (3-4, 1-2 in 13AA) is one step closer to back-to-back postseason appearances although the county locals need to win out to cement their playoff standing.
On the flip side, the loss was certainly a letdown to a somewhat rejuvenated Trojan fanbase that was excited after last week’s upset of previously-unbeaten Crockett County.
As a result of the defeat, Dyersburg (2-5, 1-3 in AA) must win its remaining three games to keep its slim chance of gaining a wildcard playoff spot alive.
On Friday night, the Rebels jumped on at the start and never let up.
OC made short work of the Trojan defense on its opening drive with Phipps able to find Nathan Ward, Mason McGrew and Fair on consecutive quick outs for a cumulative total of 62 yards.
Fair also cut through the D’burg defenders like butter on a 21-yard gainer that set up his one-yard dive to the endzone — the first Rebel score of the evening.
In OC’s second offensive series, Phipps began with another connection with Ward — a 23-yarder —before handing the keys over to Fair.
Fair, ran for a total of 18 yards — a three-yard touchdown run included — on the drive and caught a 20-yard pass to help the Rebels to a 14-0 advantage after Wards’s point-after kick with 4:27 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rebels added one more score before the first canto expired as Phipps found a wide-open Mason McGrew over the middle for a 64-yard touchdown toss.
Early in the second period, OC senior Steven Patton picked up a fumble near midfield, leading to a five-yard Fair TD.
Also in the second quarter, Phipps connected with McGrew on a mesh route that resulted in an 82-yard aerial touchdown to give the Rebels a 35-0 lead.
Phipps threw his third touchdown of the contest just prior to halftime — a 17-yard pitch over the middle to Ward.
Ward showed great concentration on said scoring toss as a Dyersburg defender blatantly pushed him down for what would have been a pass interference call.
However, the Rebel receiver still caught the pigskin as he was falling to his backside and the county locals declined the flag.
With Central up by more than 35 points at halftime, the game clock ran continuously in the second half due to the TSSAA’s mercy rule.
OC’s Justin Wiles did stop the clock in the fourth quarter when he darted nine yards for the final county locals’ score.
Defensively, Josh Quinton was in on 16 tackles (11 solo and three sacks included) for Obion Central. Additionally, Tanner Miller totaled a dozen stops, while Joe Ferguson made 10 tackles.
NOTES: Friday’s win was just the fourth Rebel triumph in the 16-game series vs. D’burg. … It was the largest margin of victory for OC since a 2006 48-0 triumph over Chester County. Also, it was the Rebels’ largest margin of victory against a district or regional foe since 1984. During that campaign, OC blanked Gibson County — which had elected not to compete for the league title that season — 55-0 on Sept. 21

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