Union City won a battle of unbeaten Obion County middle school teams Thursday night, topping South Fulton 30-8.
The Tornadoes scored a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns to break open a tight game and improve to 4-0. SF is now 4-1.
Ridgemont also remained perfect on the local middle school gridiron with an impressive 48-14 victory over Hillcrest.
The Mustangs are now 5-0 heading into a showdown with South Fulton next week.
There were a couple of middle school softball games played Thursday, too, SF beating Union City 9-2 and Lake Road on the wrong end of a 15-0 score vs. Martin.
The following is a recap of those games reported to The Messenger.
Union City 30, SF 8
Taeshawn Allen ran for two touchdowns and tacked on a pair of two-point conversions to pace the Twisters’ winning effort.
Allen dashed 50 yards to paydirt on UC’s first possession, then got into the endzone from three yards out early in the fourth period.
Jeremy Bumpus put the Twisters ahead to stay with a 35-yard run in the second period, and Jaylon Crumble tacked on an insurance TD in the final seconds with a 20-yard scamper.
A Cooper Hurt-to-Kaleb Dowell flip after Bumpus’ touchdown in the second quarter accounted for UC’s other points.
Austin Meadows had a big night defensively for the victors with a team-high nine tackles and an interception.
Hurt and Santiago Ruiz were in on seven stops each, while Bumpus recorded six hits and Dowell a second pick for the Purple and Gold.
South Fulton’s lone tally came on its first offensive series when Zaccius Mays took off a 74-yard TD run. The ensuing two-point conversion was good on a pass from Carter Hodges to Kody Davidson.
The Redmen threatened again just before halftime, but ran out of time after moving to the UC one.
Mays totaled 94 yards on 10 carries to pace SF in rushing, while Jyriq Jones gained 83 yards on 14 attempts.
Davidson had 38 yards rushing, 14 more on two pass receptions and 97 yards on five kickoff returns.
Jones topped South Fulton defensively with eight stops.
Both Davidson and David Manning recorded five hits, while Jalen Scott had four for SF.
Next up for Union City is a West Tennessee Athletic Conference showdown with fellow unbeaten Three Oaks next Thursday.
South Fulton’s aforementioned game at Ridgemont will be played at 5:15 p.m. the same evening.
R’mont 46, Hillcrest 14
Bruce Ragsdale threw three touchdown passes as the Mustangs bolted to a 34-0 halftime lead and then cruised to their fifth win in as many starts.
Ragsdale completed 9-of-13 for 135 yards in all and also rushed for 70 yards for the victors who totaled 361 yards of offense.
R’mont scored on its first two snaps — the first on a 51-yard burst by Brandon Smith, the second a 52-yard pass from Ragsdale to Jaylee Hobbs.
The highlight defensively for the Mustangs was J.P. Jones’ seventh interception of the season, one he hauled back 57 yards for a TD.
Luis Camacho and Heath Cary had two-point conversion runs following Ridgemont’s first two scores.
Camacho and Bobby Kehoe had eight tackles apiece to top the Mustangs’ hit list with Cary and Emmanuel Morgan also turning in solid efforts with five tackles apiece.
On the Hillcrest side, J.T. Messick had 77 yards on 12 rushes, while Mason Cook finished with 53 yards on 10 tries.
Dylan Gorton had a 10-yard touchdown run and Jamison Albright a two-pointer.
The Cougars’ other TD came on a 10-yard pass from Tyler Walton to A.J. Malone.
Christian Cary and Dylan Armstrong had four tackles each, while Mason Cook added three and Arliss Sullivan recorded a sack.
SF 9, Union City 2
The Devilettes took advantage of a plethora of UC errors to square their record at 3-3.
SF scored three times in the first without the benefit of a hit and the Lady Tornadoes were guilty of four misplays in a three-run fourth.
Katie Pope had a pair of singles and Summer Britt doubled to pace South Fulton offensively.
Katie Clapper notched the pitching victory with seven strikeouts and just two hits allowed.
Caroline Martinek had both Union City hits, one of those being a double. She also scored one of the Lady Twisters’ runs. Courtney Worley and Brooklyn Cobb accounted for Tornado RBIs.
UC had several opportunities to score, leaving the bases loaded twice without forcing home a tally.
Taylor Crittendon was the losing hurler but had a hand in 11 of the Lady Twister 15 putouts. She totaled five strikeouts.
South Fulton plays in the Lake County Invitational this weekend, while Union City’s next game is Monday at Ridgemont.
Martin 15, Lake Rd. 0
The Lady Generals fell to 0-5 following a big loss to Martin.
LR head coach Emily McGee singled out Jenna Smith, Madison Gargus and Lindsey Craddock for their defensive work in the contest.
Lake Road hosts Hillcrest on Monday.
Published in The Messenger 9.14.12