McKenzie Middle School Hosts Jamboree
BY BRAD SAM
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McKENZIE (August 4) — A huge crowd turned out Saturday for the annual McKenzie Middle School Football Jamboree at Randy Thomas Field.
The event featured teams from McKenzie, West Carroll, Huntingdon, Inman, Dresden, Martin, Milan, Henderson North, Decatur County, Lake County, Lexington, Camden and Trenton facing off in ten contests, including some junior varsity battles, during five quarters of 40-yard, split-field action. Each quarter consisted of two 18-minute halves with a running clock.
Quarter One: Milan Bulldogs JV 22, Henderson North Tigers JV 14
Milan’s JV started strong with a touchdown and two-point conversion early. The Tigers answered with a TD, but failed to convert the points-after. The Bulldogs responded with another eight points before the end of the first half to lead 16-6.
Henderson North struck first after the break and converted for two to pull within two points. Milan ate some clock and sealed the win, 22-14, with a late touchdown.
Quarter One: Decatur County Panthers 20, Lake County Falcons 6
The Panthers blanked Lake County 14-0 in the first half, scoring two touchdowns and adding the points-after on the latter.
The Falcons got on the board early in the second but failed on the two-point conversion. Decatur County added a late TD for a 20-6 win.
Quarter Two: Milan Bulldogs 6, Henderson North Tigers 6
The Tigers struck first but Milan answered, neither team converting on points-after. At the break, the contest was knotted at 6-6.
Both defenses locked down the second half, and the game ended in a stalemate.
Quarter Two: Inman Bulldogs JV 16, Decatur County Panthers JV 0
Inman’s JV controlled the first half. Evan Richardson scored the first touchdown, with Caden Marshall adding the two-point conversion. Marshall ran in the second score, and Camron Phillips added the points-after.
The Bulldogs’ 16-0 lead at the half held as neither team scored after the break.
Quarter Three: West Carroll War Eagles 12, Lexington Minutemen 0
War Eagle Malik Lee scored early in the first half; the twopoint attempt failed. Seth Edwards added another TD to give West Carroll a 12-0 lead at the break.
The two defenses held the score in the second half.
Quarter Three: Inman Bulldogs 20, Huntingdon Mustangs 0
Inman scored once in the first half, with no two-point conversion.
After the break, Bulldog Norman Duncan threw to Javion Boyd for six points, then Duncan kept for two more. Duncan added a rushing touchdown late to give Inman a 20-0 victory.
Quarter Four: Dresden Lions 28, Lexington Minutemen 12
Dresden struck first, but Lexington answered quickly to tie the contest at 6-6. The Lions broke the tie and added two points before the break for a 14-6 lead.
The Lions pulled away early in the second half with two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. In the final seconds, the Minutemen scored to cut the final deficit to 28-12.
Quarter Four: McKenzie Rebels JV 6, Martin Chargers JV 6
Rebel Jaden Brewer ran for a touchdown in the first half for a 6-0 lead after a failed two-point try.
The score held through the break and up until there was less than a minute to play, when Martin tied it up. McKenzie’s defense stopped the two-point conversion to hold onto the 6-6 tie.
Quarter Five: Camden Lions 16, Trenton Bears 14
Trenton struck first and added the points-after, but Camden answered to tie it at 8-8 before the break.
The Bears again took the lead in the second half but failed to convert for two points. The Lions tied it late and took the lead with a successful conversion to claim a 16-14 win.
Quarter Five: Martin Chargers 22, McKenzie Rebels 14
The Chargers scored and converted for two on their first possession, but Rebel Marquez Taylor took McKenzie’s first snap to paydirt. Etijay Tharpe added two points to tie it at 8-8. Martin took the lead with eight more points just before the break.
Rebel quarterback Jackson Cassidy scored on a keeper early in the second, but the two-point try failed. In the final minute, the Chargers added another TD for a 22-14 victory.
Photos by Brad Sam/The Banner