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OC coach’s off-week hospital stay timed perfectly for unbeaten Rebs

OC coach’s off-week hospital stay timed perfectly for unbeaten Rebs
Shawn Jackson joked that “timing is everything.”
The Obion County Central head coach said Tuesday that if he had to be hospitalized, “I couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Jackson, who is battling diverticulitis in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital-Union City, insisted he’s fortunate to have been stricken during the Rebels’ bye week this week.
He hopes antibiotics are successful in treating his condition and was adamant he’ll be at OC’s practice on Monday when the fourth-ranked and unbeaten Rebs begin preparations in earnest for a District 13AA showdown with No. 7 Covington (5-1) Oct. 14.
Jackson had already planned on a scaled-down practice plan this week, giving the team the day off Monday and Thursday. The Rebels were scheduled to practice as usual on both Tuesday and today.
Assistant coaches Chuck Foley, Adam Dowland, Chris Smith, Billy Windsor, Andrew Atkins and L.D. Wherry will handle the program’s day-to-day operations in Jackson’s absence, though they’ll likely hear from their boss on a regular basis.
Jackson was honored as the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Week on Monday.
REMEMBER WHEN? — For a team that has struggled miserably on defense this season and much of last year, Union City, nonetheless, likely has gotten several reminders this week of the last time it lined up across from Lake County.
It wasn’t a pleasant experience.
The Tornadoes surrendered their most points allowed in a game since 1965 and the fourth most in its storied history in a 60-40 loss to the Falcons.
LC gained 502 total yards, rushing for 307 and nearly 10 yards-per-carry, while QB Sam Hays threw for 195 and three scores.
Perhaps equally as telling was Caleb Bledsoe’s 57-yard interception return on the final play of the first half that swung momentum distinctly in Lake County’s favor and gave them a 28-20 lead.
“That was a nightmare, for sure,” UC head coach Darren Bowling said while taking a break from preparations for Friday’s important District 14A matchup. “I shouldn’t have to remind our kids, because I’m sure they remember how it felt.
“The big key for us against them is to tackle well. Whether it’s in space or at the line of scrimmage, it’s something we have to do better than last year and than we’ve done a lot of the time this season.”
The Twisters have given up 35 or more points in each of their four losses — all against state-ranked opponents.
In its three wins, Union City has surrendered 17 ppg.
MISSING RED DEVIL — South Fulton will be without the services of two-way starter Harrison Hawks for Friday night’s critical District 14A game against Trenton.
It’s not like that’s a surprise, either.
When Hawks rejoined the Red Devil program prior to SF’s third game against Humboldt, he did so with head coach Kelly Spivey’s knowledge and blessing that the player’s family had already scheduled a fall break trip and that Hawks would miss this week’s contest against Peabody that will be crucial to the Big Red’s playoff hopes.
“I talked to his dad and the flight was non-refundable, and from the time we had the first discussions about him coming back, we knew this was going to be the case,” Spivey explained. “He (Hawks) had said he wanted to play, but was hesitant because this was already booked by his family.
“I told him I’d lived without him for two games. I did without him for two games, and I could do without him for one more.”
Hawks, who elected to leave the program just before the start of his freshman season last year after shining in SF’s scrimmage with South Gibson the spring before, is the Red Devils’ second-leading receiver with 12 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the five games he’s played. He’s also rushed for 56 yards on seven carries and has 12 tackles in the secondary after becoming a starter in his third contest back with the program.
He could be especially missed on special teams, where he is the deep man on kickoffs.
Freshmen Anthony Cox and Hunter Wade are expected to rotate in Hawks’ spot on offense, while Wade and Ryan Moore will fill in on defense. Tyler Morris is expected to fill the void on the kick return unit.
The coach said he didn’t expect Hawks’ absence to be an issue with the team.
“We knew it on the front end this would be the case,” Spivey claimed.
Published in The Messenger 10.5.11

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