|Rebels on verge of historic moment |
|Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:02 pm |
|Obion Central is on the verge of venturing into uncharted territory. |
The Rebels only trip this far was a pretty good ride in its own right.
Charles Akers guided the 1974 Rebels to a 9-2 overall record that included a 34-6 thrashing of Memphis Oakhaven in the Civitan Bowl.
Until this season, that was the only OC team to start the season with six straight wins.
The Rebs began by wearing out Tennessee Academy of Brownsville 42-0.
The following week was a 8-3 verdict over Westview, and then Central hammered Munford 48-6 and Trenton 35-0 for a 4-0 start.
OC then matched its start from the previous season with a 21-14 win over Lake County and set the school mark with a 23-0 win over Greenfield the following week.
Central’s first loss was a 19-13 decision to Dyer County and, following a 56-15 win over South Fulton, the Rebels dropped a 41-0 decision to Milan.
OC closed the regular season with its second straight win over Union City, 14-6.
NOT SO FAST — For those South Fulton fans — and possibly players — looking past this week’s game against winless Greenfield to the regular season-ending trio of games with Lake County, Trenton and Union City, Kelly Spivey offers this single word warning: Don’t.
While the Red Devils will be heavily favored to beat G’field for their fourth straight triumph and second in three District 14A games, a win is far from a given.
“It’s been a pretty good rivalry since I’ve been here,” insisted the SF coach who is 2-1 vs. Yellowjacket boss Jason Rodehaver, but who lost last season 13-12 in a contest the Big Red was expected to win. “They always play us hard. I think it goes back several years before I came to South Fulton, but the two schools really have gone at each other pretty well in the past.”
The Yellowjackets (0-5) have shown marginal improvement in their last two outings and actually had a chance to knock off Bruceton last week before falling 18-13 in easily their most competitive game of the season.
BRIGHT SIDE — While the Purple and Gold’s season has been anything but pretty to look at so far, it does have a silver lining.
Union City is perfect in perhaps the most important statistic when it comes to figuring the postseason lineup — district record.
Union City’s two wins have come in District 14A play with a 38-20 win over Halls and a 42-13 triumph over Greenfield.
UC will try to keep that run going over the final four weeks of its season.
The first two of those will likely be the easier of the bunch as Union City travels to Trenton on Friday night and then hosts Lake County on Oct. 7.
The Golden Tornadoes will then take a week off on Oct. 14 before visiting South Fulton on Oct. 21 and hosting Humboldt on Oct. 28.
Published in The Messenger 9.28.11