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Remember When — Rebels stun reigning Class 1A state champ Lake County

Remember When — Rebels stun reigning Class 1A state champ Lake County
Remember when takes a look back at the local stories from the files of The Messenger that took place 1, 5, 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
30 Years Ago
Sept. 30 — Troy won a battle of unbeaten Obion County School System jayvee football teams, edging Hornbeak 18-12. Charles Morris’ Trojans got a touchdown run from David Isbell and Isbell-to-Matt Chappell scoring pass to go with a three-yard scoring scamper from Tim King. Eddie Montgomery scored both TDs for Hornbeak, which had broken South Fulton’s 25-game winning streak the week before.
Oct. 3 — Obion Central shocked reigning Class A state champion and fourth-ranked Lake County 23-7, breaking the Falcons’ 17-game victory run. Jeff Rudd, Tim Jones and Paul Decker led a balanced rushing attack for the Rebels (4-1), while Mike True had a fumble recovery for a score and John Robert McCullough recorded a tackle for a safety. The win was especially gratifying to OC head coach Jim McPeake, who beat his old high school teammate, Lake County coach Cliff Sturdivant.
20 Years Ago
Sept. 30 — Union City extended it mastery over county-rival Obion Central, beating the Rebels for the sixth straight season and 26th time in 30 gridiron meetings overall, 29-0. Keith Radde ran for two scores and Jason Baldwin and David Richkowski also crossed the goal line for the victors, who blanked OC for the fourth straight year. The shutout extended Central’s scoreless streak to 12 quarters.
Oct. 1 — The South Fulton girls and Union City boys golf teams repeated as district tournament champions in Dyersburg. The feat gave SF back-to-back championships, while the Tornadoes were crowned for the third time in four years. Jennifer Langford, Mikki McLeary and Marianne Brann made up the Devilette squad that made the state tournament the year before. Members of the UC boys’ squad, which lost just one match during the regular season were Clay Hogan, Bill Davis, Lenn Phegley, Kevin Little, Jason Woods and Billy Dowell.
Oct. 4 — Union City’s Middle School remained unbeaten through four games with a 40-0 thrashing of Trenton. Fullback Lance Nicholson ran for two TDs, and Bradley Robinson had a touchdown scamper and three two-point conversions. Keith Johnson and Billy Coleman also hit paydirt for the Jr. Twisters.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 1 — George Evans threw two long touchdown passes — one to Stanley Dean, the other to Kenyon Ingram — to lead Union City from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to a stunning 22-19 victory over Humboldt. Evans earned Messenger Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance, while Obion Central’s Peter Harmon, who totated 10 tackles in the Rebels’ 38-6 win vs. Gibson County claimed the paper’s defensive award.
Oct. 3 — A Lake Road-South Fulton rematch was set for the Rebel Bowl after the Generals beat Hillcrest 20-14 and SF topped Fulton County 20-8. Justin Easley scored all three of LR’s touchdowns to help the Generals improve to 6-2 by beating H’crest. Shane Vinson rushed for 166 yards and two scores in the Red Devil win against Fulton County. Lake Road beat South Fulton in the teams’ first meeting 32-20.
5 Years Ago
Sept. 29 — Lake Road remained perfect through six games, preserving its mark with a 10-6 triumph over upset-minded Hillcrest. The victory secured a berth in the 11th annual Rebel Bowl for the Generals, who got their only TD against Hillcrest from Nathan Ward. Dalton Teeter ran for a team-high 86 yards and Josh Quinton recorded 11 tackles in the victory. LR will play Ridgemont (6-1), a 22-12 winner over Dyer via Michael Watts’ three touchdowns runs in the Obion County School System championship game.
Oct. 2 — Demetrius Bracey totaled an amazing 288 yards on just seven carries — five of those resulting in touchdowns — in Union City’s 41-20 triumph over South Fulton. The Twister totaled 479 yards  and took advantage of four SF turnovers and an injury to quarterback Deric Grooms. Joe Shelton gained 191 yards and scored for the Redmen.
1 Year Ago
Sept. 29 — Jacob Hyde ran for two TDs and Alex Reid another to keep Union City Middle School perfect with a 22-0 win over Dyersburg. Kane Taylor had seven tackles, Cortez Bell six and Reid six for the Tornadoes.
Oct. 5 — South Fulton won its third Obion County School System middle school softball title in five years, dethroning two-time champion Lake Road 4-3. Sydney Easterwood tripled and doubled, Aalia Bivens tripled and Sierra Coley was the winning pitcher for the Devilettes in the title game. Katelyn Jones and Lynsey Berner both scored for LR, as did losing hurler Robin Lewis, who tripled at the dish.
Published in The Messenger 9.29.11

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