Remember When — Jeff Rudd, McPeake honored for Central’s winning year

Remember When — Jeff Rudd, McPeake honored for Central’s winning year
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. 18 — Obion Central running back Jeff Rudd and Rebel skipper Jim McPeake were honored as the best in their roles as The Messenger’s first-ever player and coach of the year. The duo helped OC to its first winning season in seven years, the team finishing at 7-4 including a berth in the Civitan Bowl. The newspaper picked an All-County team with both Central and Union City placing nine representatives on the squad and South Fulton four. Rebel lineman Kenneth Prince and Tornado QB/Punter Aaron Dearmitt were the only two-way selections.
Nov. 20 — South Fulton concluded a 7-4 season by beating Oakhaven 22-8 in the Cayce Jones Bowl in Jackson. Scotty Edmaiston ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, Bruce Grooms threw for a score and two conversions, and Brad Curry rushed for a TD as the Redmen rallied with 22 unanswered points to win at Rothrock Stadium.
20 Years Ago
Nov. 18 — Union City won the program’s first playoff game, upsetting ninth-ranked McNairy Central 26-21 in a first-round Class 2A game for its 10th win in 11 games. A fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Marcus Lewis to Blake Caudle — Lewis’ second scoring toss of the contest — and a game-saving interception by Brian Sadler in the final minute helped the Tornadoes make history. UC was outgained by the Bobcats 326-216, but got 78 yards rushing from Jason Baldwin and an earlier Lewis-to-Sadler TD pass to earn a shot at No. 1-ranked and unbeaten MUS in Round 2.
Nov. 20 — Basketball coaches Lisa Pituch and Marty Sisco at Union City High School both recorded milestone victories in the Twisters’ first games of the season. Pituch, taking over a 4-20 team in her first venture in the prep ranks, guided UC past Hickman County 53-46 as Rachel Little scored 15 points and Latasha Thompson 14. Sisco, meanwhile, notched win No. 400 in his 21st season and to open his fifth at Union City with a 58-46 triumph in the nightcap. Stanley Caldwell tallied a team-high 18 points in the triumph for the victors.
10 Years Ago
Nov. 19 — No. 2-ranked Westview ended Union City’s football season in the state quarterfinals with a 41-7 thrashing of the Purple and Gold. The 12-1 Chargers led 28-0 at the half and took advantage of the Tornadoes missing leading rusher Jerry Slayton (hospitalized with asthmatic bronchitis) and the loss of No. 2 ball-carrier Kenneth Fouse, who suffered a concussion in the second quarter. The Golden Tornadoes ended the year with a 9-3 slate.
Nov. 21 — Obion Central opened its basketball season with a pair of wins over Frayser, the Lady Rebels triumphing 79-36 and the boys on top 55-34. Whitney Angel scored 18 to lead four Central players in double figures. Nikki Hill added 16, Colby McGree 12 and Lynette Staggs 10. The nightcap was Spencer Hoffman’s first game on the OC boys’ bench following the resignation of Rebel coaching icon Jimmy Whitby back in the summer. Jimmie Ware scored 15 and B.J. McBride 12 for the winning Rebs.
5 Years Ago
Nov. 20 — In the first meeting between the Obion Central boys’ basketball program and legendary ex-skipper Jimmy Whitby since the coach resigned five years earlier, Whitby’s new school, Lake County, beat the Rebels 74-59 in a Hall of Champions game to open the season. Nick Gilliam had 19 points for Central and Logan Parker 10. Bill Kail, an assistant to Whitby for two years, piloted the OC troops.
Nov. 20 — UT Martin won a share of the Ohio Valley Conference football championship for the first time ever with a resounding 42-14 romp over regional rival Murray State and ex-Skyhawk head coach Matt Griffin. UTM, which had to share the title with Eastern Illinois and did not get a home playoff game, nonetheless was basking in the glow of the accomplishment after Don Chapman ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns vs. the Racers.
1 Year Ago
Nov. 17 — The South Fulton football team won the sportsmanship award from the North West Officials Association for the second straight season at the organization’s annual banquet. Longtime local official Jere Baldridge was honored with the George Atkins Award for his contribution and dedication to the profession.
Nov. 23 — Two trends continued when the Obion Central girls and Union City boys won basketball games against their county rival opposition. The Lady Rebels beat UC for the 34th time in the last 35 meetings and won for the 90th time in 104 games all-time with a 65-52 triumph. Macy Wright had 17 points and Brandi Goodman 16 for the Central girls. The Tornado boys beat OC for the 11th time in the last 12 matchups 65-42 in Game 2. Antonio Cox poured in 26 points for UC, which now holds a 56-52 edge in the long-running series. Published in The Messenger 11.17.11

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