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Above ‘Parr’ is winning score for Rebs

Above ‘Parr’ is winning score for Rebs
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
A record-setting win over South Gibson was just about ‘Parr’ for the course for Obion Central this season.
With two-way standout Marcus Parr a game-changing factor on both sides of the ball, the fourth-ranked Rebels established a program record for most consecutive victories to open the season with a 40-14 romp over the visiting Hornets Friday night.
A packed house at Troy celebrated homecoming and witnessed another in what has become a long list of dominating performances by unbeaten OC (7-0), which has beaten each of its seven foes by 17 or more points and is averaging more than 42 points-per-game in those contests.
The Rebels posted a season-high 566 yards of total offense and got five more touchdown passes from gun-slinging southpaw signal-caller Trey Phipps, who continued to spread the wealth among his talented quartet of receivers (Parr, Tanner Cary, Mason McGrew and Jordan Smith) — all of whom had more than 50 yards worth of grabs for an offense that never punted.
It was Parr, though, a transfer from Dyer County, who made the most highlight-reel plays.
He caught six Phipps’ aerials for 132 yards, including touchdown receptions covering 32 and 15 yards. On the first of those scoring plays, Parr simply used his superior size and athleticism to out-leap a smaller SG defensive back — something he likewise did earlier on a 34-yard gainer.
Defensively, Parr was equally impressive with a deflected pitch and fumble recovery on one particular Hornet option play early in the third quarter to go along with an interception on the next-to-last play of the first half. He finished with seven tackles
“Marcus has injected a lot of enthusiasm in our program since he came here last spring, and he’s done it by making plays like he did tonight,” Central head coach Shawn Jackson said after his team’s latest lopsided triumph. “He has a very high football IQ, and he just loves the game.
“I coached (Atlanta Falcons safety) William Moore in high school, and Marcus reminds me a lot of him with the things he does on the football field.”
Cary (6-66) had a pair of short scoring catches of Phipps’ passes, while McGrew had the game’s longest gainer (64 yards) among his three-catch, 110-yard, one-touchdown effort as Rebel receivers regularly took short tosses and turned them into huge chunks of real estate.
Running back LaDevin Fair got in on the fun, too, shedding a walking boot that he’d worn all week to rehabilitate an ankle injury to gain 146 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown run included.
“LaDevin’s mental toughness has improved,” Jackson stated. “His skill level is exceptional, and he’s been playing through an issue right now that a lot of kids couldn’t and wouldn’t.”
After Fair fumbled on Obion Central’s first play from scrimmage, the Rebels held SG inside their own five — getting a break when a Hornet touchdown was wiped off due to penalty — then scored on their next three possessions.
Cary (three yards) and McGrew (23 yards) caught passes from Phipps and ended up crossing the goal line, while Fair darted in from the six to give the Rebs a 21-7 intermission advantage.
After tossing just his third interception of the year on Central’s opening second-half possession, Phipps then threw scoring passes No. 22, 23 and 24 — twice hitting Parr and then Cary for a second time — to make it 40-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Phipps, who has now thrown for more than 1,700 yards, completed his last seven passes in a row to go over the 300-yard mark for the second time this season.
“The expectations of everybody around here are different now. If we don’t score every time we have the ball, people are stunned,” Jackson added.
“What I was most pleased with tonight was the way we moved the ball against a team that had two weeks to prepare for us.”
The Rebel defense extended its streak of not allowing a point in either the first or third quarter this season.
Josh Quinton topped the unit’s tackle chart with 14 total stops, four of those for losses, while Cary had 13 with a sack.
Jackson insisted the history-making discussion didn’t take up a lot of time in his preparations for the contest against a Hornet program that came in 4-1 but is in the midst of its first full varsity campaign.
“I just don’t get into a lot of that stuff,” the coach concluded. “The kids knew about it, but we didn’t spend a lot of time talking about it.”
Published in The Messenger 10.3.11

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