South Fulton is once more Rebel Bowl bound.
The Red Devils — who’ve played in the Obion County School System middle school championship game eight times in its 16-year history — earned another spot in the season-ending title game with a 39-19 victory over Hillcrest Thursday night.
SF (7-1), which won four straight Rebel Bowl championships from 2007-10, will take on Ridgemont (6-1) in this year’s installment at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Obion County Central’s Rebel Field.
The contest will be a rematch of a regular season game, which was won by the Red Devils 18-6.
Ridgemont tuned up for the contest with a 24-22 victory over Greenfield on Thursday in its regular season finale.
The following is a recap of both games.
SF 39, Hillcrest 19
Jyriq Jones ran for three first-half touchdowns and a two-point conversion as the Redmen zoomed to a 26-0 lead and never looked back.
Jones, who rushed for 114 yards on just six carries, had scoring romps covering 15, 20 and 37 yards.
Carter Hodges threw an eight-yard TD pass to Kody Davidson to complete South Fulton’s fast start.
A 30-yard run by Zaccius Mays and Jalen Scott’s 33-yard scamper to paydirt completed SF’s scoring after the break with Jose Rico tacking on an extra-point kick following Mays’ score.
Mays joined his teammate Jones in going over the 100-yard rushing mark with 106 on eight attempts.
Hodges completed all three of his pass attempts for 58 yards, two going to Davidson and a 33-yarder to Hayden Kelly.
Mays completed his fine outing by leading the Redmen in tackles with nine, with Hunter Hamilton recording eight and Branden Walker five.
On the Hillcrest side, Christian Cary had a hand in two of the three Cougar touchdowns.
He threw a pretty 56-yard scoring pass to J.T. Messick with just seconds to go in the first half, then ran one yard for a TD in the third period.
Tyler Walton’s one-yard keeper in the fourth quarter finished Hillcrest’s scoring.
Walton finished the night with six completions in nine attempts for 76 yards, while Messick had three receptions for 91 yards.
Cary was the Cougars’ leading ground gainer with 53 yards.
Mason Cook had eight stops and Dylan Ruiz six for the Hillcrest defense.
The Cougars (2-5) will close their season next Thursday with a trip to Lake County.
Ridgemont 24, G’field 22
Heath Cary and Jaylee Hobbs caught scoring passes from Bruce Ragsdale, who also had a hand in a third TD with a seven-yard run for the Mustangs.
Cary ended up with 93 receiving yards, while Hobbs totaled 73.
Ragsdale ended up with 214 yards passing in all.
Emmanuel Morgan had a pair of two-point conversions, while Brandon Swift totaled 40 yards rushing and had a 35-yard kickoff return.
J.P. Jones accounted for a two-point play, and Alden Marvin snagged two catches for 24 yards.
Defensively, Morgan (9), Cary (8) and Hobbs (7) were R’mont’s top tacklers, with J.P. Jones, Blake Jones and Marvin in on four stops apiece.
Published in The Messenger 9.28.12