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Remember When — Tornado hoop star Stanley Caldwell says ‘yes’ to Vols

Remember When — Tornado hoop star Stanley Caldwell says ‘yes’ to Vols
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
Oct. 28 — South Fulton handed Troy its first loss and created a logjam atop the Obion County junior high football ranks with a 38-8 triumph over the Trojans. Joey Hall ran for two touchdowns and a conversion, while Joie Garmon also hit paydirt twice for the Red Devils (8-1-1), who also got a solid game from Brad Dexter. Troy (6-1) got its only TD from David Isbell. Both teams, along with Hornbeak, were left with one loss during the regular season.
Oct. 31 — Obion Central and Lexington verbally agreed to play in the annual Union City Civitan Bowl. The Rebels and Tigers were each 7-2 with one game remaining in the regular season, with only the Rebels with an outside shot at making the playoffs. Bowl chairman Sonny Hutchens and selection chairman Fred Hawks were expected to have Rebel skipper Jim McPeake and Lexington coach Jim Stowe sign on the dotted line in the coming days.
20 Years Ago
Oct. 29 — Due to an alleged rift between himself and two of his assistant coaches, Jim Wiggins resigned his head football coaching duties at Obion Central with two games remaining in the regular season. Wiggins, who was left paralyzed after a bout with transverse mylitis, had coached from a wheelchair with the aid of his wife, Mae. His son Chris, the Rebels’ starting quarterback, left the program two days later. Neither aide (Ray Waggoner or Tony Lester) claimed to have a problem with Wiggins.
Nov. 1 — Union City High School basketball standout Stanley Caldwell announced his intentions to sign with the University of Tennessee. Caldwell, a multi-talented 6-6 swingman, had averaged a double-double during his first three seasons as a member of the Golden Tornadoes team and picked the Volunteers over Wake Forest and Arkansas, among other major college scholarship offers. He’d led UC to the Class 2A state title as a sophomore and was Mr. Basketball as a junior. Prior to his senior season, Caldwell had averaged 17.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per-game in helping the Twisters to a 79-22 record over three years.
10 Years Ago
Oct. 29 — All three Obion County high school football teams were headed to the playoffs for just the third time in the 41 years that there had been three programs in the county. Obion County Central joined Union City and South Fulton by beating Brighton 39-15 to finish as runner-up in Region 7-3A. Peter Harmon and Brad Carr both returned fumbles for touchdowns for the Rebels, who will take a 5-5 record into the postseason for first-year head coach Chris Hill.
Oct. 31 — Final regular season individual statistical leaders for Obion County preps included: Leading rusher — Michael Alford of South Fulton with 789 yards; Leading Passer — OC’s Wes Moore with 2,108 yards, who edged SF’s Michael Crockett, who threw 20 touchdown passes; Leading Receiver — Central’s Brian Kissell, 38 receptions, 578 yards; Top Scorer — William Minor (SF), 73 total points; and Top Tackler — South Fulton’s Mitchell Maynard, 94 tackles.
5 Years Ago
Oct. 30 — Demetrius Bracey set a Union City High School single-game rushing record with 439 yards against West Carroll in a 48-20 rout that got the Tornadoes into the playoffs. Bracey’s effort ranked No. 2 all-time in state history, according to TSSAA records. He had six touchdowns, including sprints of 83, 58, 68, 17, 65 and 95 yards.
Oct. 30 — Fulton City was forced to forfeit seven victories when it was discovered the school did not process the proper form to the KHSAA regarding a transfer student from Union City who had played. The Bulldogs had started the season with a 7-0 record for the first time since 1978, but ended up 0-9 after losing their season finale 20-6 to rival Fulton County in the aftermath of the bad news.
1 Year Ago
Oct. 29 — Obion Central will load up its entire girls’ and boys’ cross country teams and pick up Union City’s Daniel Williamson for a trip to the state meet in Nashville. The local contingent fared well in the regional to earn the berth at Percy Warner Park with Peyton Daniel, Ali McEwen and Brittney Dodd all finishing in the top eight for the Central girls. Tanner Noles and Josh Gale were the top finishers for the Rebel boys. UC’s Williamson will advance on the heels of a strong individual effort.
Oct. 29 — Union City’s 24-20 victory over South Fulton means that all three Obion County teams will make the football state playoffs. Chase Bowling ran for 91 yards to lead the Tornadoes who took advantage of Red Devil quarterback JaQuay Garmon’s being out with a knee injury. J.P. Fowler scored two of SF’s three TDs in a contest that was moved to Thursday night. Published in The Messenger 10.27.11

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