At the mid-term segment of the 2012 prep football season, Union City has passed four quizzes and failed one exam.
The Golden Tornadoes will get a couple of chances to improve their grade over the next two weeks.
The Twisters are now 4-1, but that record might appear a little inflated when taking a quick look at the schedule to date. UC’s four wins — Obion Central (1-4), Wayne County (1-4), Halls (3-2) and Greenfield (0-4) — have come against lesser quality teams.
Union City will find out a little more about itself as a team in the next two weeks when it travels to Dresden (5-0), ranked No. 2 in this week’s Class 2A poll, and a Trenton team that continues to improve weekly under new head coach Joe Gaddis.
“I think West Tennessee and all of Tennessee right now are wanting to know if Union City is for real and can they beat a quality opponent,” head coach Darren Bowling said. “These next two weeks with Dresden and Trenton will answer a lot of questions for us and the rest of Tennessee.”
Dresden was one of seven teams that handed the Twisters a loss last year, and the Lions appear to be just as good this year as the team that advanced to the 2A state championship game last season.
Starting the season playing a double-wing offense out of the shotgun, first-year head coach Keith Hodge had to change direction somewhat during the first game of the season when quarterback Davis Moran suffered a knee injury. Since then, diminutive but tough Devan Raymer has been the workhorse in a “wildcat” look.
Trenton, meanwhile, has defeated McKenzie and Lake County in back-to-back weeks after opening the season with close losses to Milan (36-35) and Huntingdon (36-24).
The Golden Tide can put up some points, averaging 34.3 per game, but can also give up plenty as well, allowing 31.3 per game.
BABY STEPS — Having broken through with its first victory of the season after four losses last week by extending Gibson County’s losing streak to 37 games, Obion Central’s challenge now is putting together back-to-back wins.
Another winless team makes that certainly realistic.
Montgomery Central will bring an 0-5 slate into Friday’s game with Troy and appears to be another winnable game as the Rebels look to right their ship.
The Indians have scored just 36 points all season — albeit against a list of opponents that includes two state-ranked teams (Clarksville Academy — 1A, Cheatham County — 3A).
Montgomery Central has scored more than one touchdown in just one game and is giving up more than 43 ppg on average for first-year head coach Jeff Tomlinson.
OC head coach Shawn Jackson isn’t concerned as much with MC as he is his own troops.
“We have to take care of ourselves and focus on getting better and eliminating the mistakes that got us in an 0-4 hole to start with,” Rebel skipper Shawn Jackson said. “We’ve shown some glimpses, but we haven’t put together a full game.
“On one hand, you look at last week and say we won despite turning the ball over three times and giving up more than 300 yards, but on the other, you wonder how much easier it would’ve been if you hadn’t made those mistakes. And we’ll need to be at our best over the last four games to have a chance against the toughest part of our schedule.”
After Friday’s game vs. MC, Central will play unbeaten and sixth-ranked South Gibson, then enjoy an open date before playing Covington, Haywood and Dyersburg to close out the regular season.
The collective record of the Rebels’ final four District 13AA foes is currently 16-4.
SINKING FEELING — For the second time in three weeks, South Fulton head coach Kelly Spivey was essentially at a loss for words following a 16-14 loss to Halls last week.
“I don’t know what to say … we played as well as we have all season and we corrected a lot of things that were wrong in the previous few games, but we still lost to a team we should’ve beaten,” Spivey said after the setback that dropped SF to 2-3.
“We outgained them, we out-hit them, we did everything we needed to do to beat them except beat them.”
A blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a 33-yard field goal just before halftime and a long touchdown run combined to be the Devils’ undoing.
“We missed a couple of chances to put points on the board, and we made some poor decisions with the football that could’ve put us over the top,” the coach added.
“It’s just tough to look at the kids when they’ve done so many of the things we told them they needed to do, and then we came up short again.”
The Red Devils are at 2-3 — the same record they had a year ago when they made the playoffs — heading into Friday’s home game against Gleason.
— Compiled by
and Kevin Weaks
Published in The Messenger 9.20.12