|So. Gibson @ Obion Central |
PLACE, TIME: Rebel Field; 7 p.m.
2011 RECORDS: SG 4-1 (1-1); OC 6-0 (3-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): South Gibson: Scott Stidham (6-1 in 2nd season); Obion Central: Shawn Jackson (24-24 in 5th season).
LAST MEETING: First-ever meeting.
KEY PLAYERS: South Gibson — QB Carlos Walden, RB/WR Quincy Walden, FB Tyler Lowery. Obion Central — QB Trey Phipps, LB Josh Quinton, RB/DB LaDevin Fair, WR/LB Marcus Parr, WR/DB Mason McGrew, LB Nathan Spaulding.
OUTLOOK: For the second consecutive week, the Rebels are enjoying their highest ranking ever after having moved up to No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Top 10 in Class 4A. Central can set a school record for most wins to begin a season by beating the Hornets, a mark that would also represent the school’s longest winning streak at any time in the 51-year history of the program. OC trailed for the first time this season last week in what turned out to be a 50-30 drubbing of Montgomery Central that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score might indicate. The defense and special teams got in on the Rebels’ big-play act vs. MC, returning a fumble and blocking a punt for scores. Upstart SG has made waves in this its first varsity season. The Hornets started the year with four consecutive wins — the first three by a combined 10 points — and then led No. 1 Milan at halftime of their showdown two weeks ago before losing a respectable 38-19 decision. The Walden brothers are both big-play capable, and the Hornets had an open date last Friday and an extra week to both prepare for the Rebs and heal any nagging injuries. It’s homecoming at OCCHS and the school will retire the jersey of former Miss Basketball and current University of Texas standout Chassidy Fussell.
Union City @ Trenton
PLACE, TIME: Walter Kilzer Stadium; 7:30 p.m.
2011 RECORDS: UC 2-4 (2-0); Trenton 1-4 (1-0).
COACHES (RECORDS): Union City: Darren Bowling (136-76 in 18th season); Trenton: Kent Scott (40-44 in 8th season).
LAST MEETING: 2010 — Trenton won, 29-28.
SERIES RECORD — UC leads, 40-31-6.
KEY PLAYERS: Union City — RB/LB Keylon Hyde, QB Travis Rutland OL/DL Joseph Shanks, Slot/SS Khiry Lewis. Trenton — QB Tyler Gatlin, DL Mark Hines, LB Ty Fields, RB Juwan Anderson.
OUTLOOK: Though a combined five games under .500 overall, these two are atop the District 14A standings along with Humboldt with unbeaten league marks. The Tornadoes gave a considerably-better effort despite losing to their fourth ranked opponent last week and got Rutland in the lineup for the first time since finger surgery in the preseason. Defense continues to be an issue for UC, though, as it gave up more than 395 yards for the third time in six games. Turnovers hurt, too, as the Twisters lost four fumbles, giving them 13 and a minus-10 in the turnover ratio department for the season. Like Union City, Trenton has played quality competition, too, losing to Milan, Huntingdon, McKenzie — all state-ranked — and 4A Dyersburg. Peabody has struggled offensively, having not gained more than 200 yards in any game. The Tide defense has held up its end of the deal, though, with four TD returns to-date. The winner retain at least a tie for the district lead.
South Fulton @ Greenfield
PLACE, TIME: Harris Field; 7:30 p.m.
2011 RECORDS: SF 3-3 (1-1); Greenfield 0-5 (0-2).
COACHES (RECORDS): South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (21-18 in 4th season); Greenfield: Jason Rodehaver (13-32 in 5th season).
LAST MEETING: 2010 — Greenfield won, 13-12.
SERIES RECORD — South Fulton leads, 35-26-1.
KEY PLAYERS: South Fulton — FB/DL Cody Tatum, QB JaQuay Garmon, HB/SS J.P. Fowler, OL/DL Zach Vaughn. Greenfield — QB Miles Cavitt, RB/LB Chance Black, OL/DL Peyton Page, RB Jeffrey Johnson.
OUTLOOK: The Redmen appear to be hitting their stride with a three-game winning streak and coming off their best overall performance of the season in a 35-6 thumping of Gleason. SF was nearly flawless in all three facets of their triumph over the Bulldogs with a versatile offense, a defense that forced four turnovers and special teams that made 5-of-5 PATs and nearly recovered two onside kicks. Tatum punished the Bulldog defense repeatedly in the interior, while both Fowler and Garmon were effective, too, scoring TDs. While the Yellowjackets come in winless, their series with SF has been both feisty and highly-competitive over the last several years. G’field has shown some signs of improvement the past two weeks, scoring 13 points in losses to both Union City and Bruceton. Published in The Messenger 9.30.11