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Rebs’ rout of Pioneers comes fast

Rebs’ rout of Pioneers comes fast
Rebs’ rout of Pioneers comes fast | Rebs’ rout of Pioneers comes fast
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Shawn Jackson wanted his Obion Central team to put Gibson County down early and then put the Pioneers away as fast as possible.
Mission accomplished.
Scoring three touchdowns before the home team even touched the ball on offense and then adding three more scores in the second period to guarantee a running clock in the second half, the Rebels rolled over Gibson County for a 48-0 win Friday night at Yates Field.
“That was the whole intent,” Jackson said. “What’s happened to us in the past is we’ve gotten up big and then put in the jayvee kids, and the lead’s gone under 35 to make the game last forever. So, we wanted to go hurry-up, play quick tempo and wash it as fast as we could to get it over with.”
The seventh-ranked Rebels improve to 5-0, matching the 1974 team for the best start in school history. Gibson County, meanwhile, is 0-4 this season and winless in its last 27 games.
Wanting to make a strong statement at the beginning of the game, Central got a good break by winning the coin toss and taking the ball to start the game.
It took all of one snap to make that statement.
Trey Phipps used a pump fake to slow the defense just long enough for Marcus Parr to get open over the middle, and then Parr did the rest as he pulled in the pass and raced to the end zone for a 61-yard scoring play just 13 seconds into the game.
That play ignited a case full of big numbers for the Rebels, who followed the score by successfully running two onside kicks and converting both into scores.
Phipps and Parr hooked up five more times in the first half — the starters were finished at halftime — with two more going for scores.
Phipps was nearly perfect in completing 16-of-19 passes for 385 yards with five TDs in all, while Parr had six catches for 187 yards.
Tanner Cary caught five passes for 113 yards and a score as the Rebels finished with 408 yards passing and 480 total yards.
The Rebel defense did its part, too, limiting Gibson County to just 46 total yards on 34 plays. The junior varsity unit kept the shutout by holding the Pioneers to a minus-10 yards and no first downs in a second half played under the running clock mercy rule.
“You don’t want to ever get in a situation like this and then give people hope because that’s what gets you beat,” Jackson said. “They’d lost 30-something in a row and then beat Obion Central in the past. If you’re going to be a killer, you have to be one all the time. You can’t just turn the switch off. We’re not going to do that.”When the switch went on Friday night, it stayed on until the game was out of hand.
Central followed the first play with an onside kick and then scored again less than two minutes later when LaDevin Fair squirted his way for 18 yards and a score at 9:52. He followed up with a two-pointer — Central was successful on two-point conversions after all six TDs.
Another successful onside kick quickly led to another score, this one through the air as Cary took his turn going over the middle and pulling in a Phipps pass, this one covering 57 yards and coming at 9:30.
Parr’s second two-point run gave the Rebels a 24-0 lead with the Pioneer offense still waiting to take its first snap.
Central finally failed to convert on an onside try and lost a fumble later in the quarter.
But, the Rebels were back on the board on the first play of the second when Mason McGrew pulled in a 25-yard TD catch at 11:53.
Parr took a pitch from Fair on a reverse for the two-pointer.
Obion Central scored twice more in the period before turning the game over to the junior varsity.
After dropping the Pioneers for a loss of six on a fourth-and-four from their own 20, the Rebels immediately collected the dividends when Phipps and Parr connected for 74 yards at 6:07.
The two finished the night’s scoring four minutes later, this time for 24 yards at 2:10.
The second half was a mere formality, the teams combining for just 32 plays as the play ran constantly, save for two timeouts and the quarter break.

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