Remember When — Grooms-to-Curry hookups make Red Devils bowl-eligible

Remember When — Grooms-to-Curry hookups make Red Devils bowl-eligible
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
Nov. 4 — A pair of Shane Dexter fourth-quarter touchdown runs put South Fulton Jr. High in the Obion County School System championship game with a 30-20 victory over Hornbeak. The win avenged an earlier loss for the Redmen, who saw the Green Wave break their 22-game winning streak during the season. Eddie Montgomery scored twice for Hornbeak and Kevin Darnall had a TD. SF (7-1-1) advanced to play Troy in the title tilt.
Nov. 7 — South Fulton accepted a berth in the Jaycee-Cayce Jones Bowl in Jackson after beating Dresden 27-13. The Redmen improved to 6-3 and will meet Oakhaven in the postseason matchup. Bruce Grooms threw two touchdown passes to Brad Curry in the Devils’ triumph over Dresden that made them bowl-eligible.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 4 — Union City clinched the District 13AA championship with an impressive 25-0 blanking of Westview for its eighth win in nine games. Marcus Lewis threw for 159 yards and a touchdown to Blake Caudle, while Eric Gregory ran for two scores as the Tornadoes averaged over 10 yards-per-rush and totaled 488 yards in all.
Nov. 5 — Kevin Hudspeth’s run-scoring single accounted for all three tallies as Laurel Central beat top-seed Collision Specialty for the local men’s softball championship. Ross Daniel had two hits in three trips for the victors, while Dennis Chapman collected two hits and Brad House tripled for CS. Ricky Hood got the pitching win over John Burpo.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 5 — Union City was the lone winner among Obion County’s three entries in Round 1 of the state football playoffs. Jerry Slayton ran for 117 yards, Kenneth Fouse had two TDs and George Evans threw a 40-yard scoring strike to T.J. Rehmert to help UC past George W. Carver 28-6 and into the second round in Class 2A where Humboldt awaits. South Fulton bowed out in Class A following a 27-19 setback vs. Jackson Christian, despite a pair of touchdowns from Michael Crockett and 142 rushing yards by Da’Ryan Jones. Obion Central could manage little resistance in a 35-0 home loss to Ridgeway in 3A.
Nov. 6 — The Fall Fest Tennis Tournament honored its winners in several categories. Male singles winners included Matt Oliver, Guy Shanklin, Ben Adcock, Jason Adcock and Kramer Nash. Also receiving trophies were Jordan Parnell, Gilbert Parnell, Jim Scott, Danny Somerville, Bill McCall and Bill Dahnke. Doubles winners in both mixed and women’s play included Kevin Smith Theresa Barnett, Jo Rhenberg, Lucia Jones, Pam Dame, Margie Smith and Dahnke.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 7 — Hillcrest rolled to a pair of impressive middle school basketball victories over Rutherford, winning the girls’ game 43-8 and then the nightcap 63-22. Winn Decker had a monster game for the Cougars with 25 points and a whopping 22 rebounds. Madison Bell tallied 14 points and Courtney Gurien pulled in eight caroms for the victorious Hillcrest girls.
Nov. 8 — Obion Central linebacker Savion Hayslett was named The Messenger-Obion County Prep Player of the Year. Hayslett recorded 114 tackles for the Rebels during his senior campaign and totaled more than 300 during his three-season varsity career. Other OC players honored at the team’s annual banquet included Steven Weaks, Garrett Grady, Jacob Fulbright, Lucas Fulbright, Mark Grooms, Adam Battle, Cameron Bailey and Nathan Brown.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 4 — The Union City Middle School football team placed five players on the All-West Tennessee Athletic Conference team. Among those lauded were Zach Williamson, Kane Taylor, Jacob Hyde, Alex Reid and Jamie Pirtle. The Jr. Tornadoes were North Division champions, advancing to both the league title game and the TMSSAA Sectional semifinals before ending the year with a 9-2 record.
Nov. 8 — All three Obion County teams were ousted in the opening round of the state football playoffs. Five turnovers doomed Obion Central in a 34-28 Class 4A loss to Ripley after the Rebels had drubbed the Tigers 44-15 the week before. Trey Phipps threw three touchdown passes, but OC managed just 220 yards after gaining nearly 450 in a Week 10 meeting. Three lost fumbles — the last of which led to the game-deciding TD — killed Union City in a 28-21 loss to Bruceton in 1A. Injury-riddled South Fulton, which was missing five starters, fell to Huntingdon 33-6 in another single-A matchup. Published in The Messenger 11.3.11

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