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McKenzie snapped a two-game losing streak and qualified for their first playoff berth since 2016 with a 28-7 win over Adamsville Friday night. It was also Senior night for seven Rebel football …
McKenzie snapped a two-game losing streak and qualified for their first playoff berth since 2016 with a 28-7 win over Adamsville Friday night. It was also Senior night for seven Rebel football players including West Cook, Micah Austin, Jeremiah Moore, Evan Jarrett, Jordan Barnhart, Kyle Maxwell and Witt Mitchum. Three senior managers including Kiera Hones, Kinley Millsap, and Carrie Becker.
Adamsivlle received the ball first and got to midfield aided by a pass interference call against the Rebels. The Cardinals drive stalled and had to punt. McKenzie’s first possession also stalled due to a chop block penalty against the Rebels. Adamsville drove deep into McKenzie territory and had the ball inside the McKenzie 10-yard line when Micah Austin stepped in front of an Adamsville pass and picked it off at the McKenzie four yard line shortly before the end of a scoreless first quarter.
The Rebels began the second quarter with possession of the ball and drove nearly the length of the field and scored on a 15-yard touchdown by Micah Austin. A Cardinal penalty gave McKenzie a chance to go for a two-point conversion run and scored to take a 8-0 lead with 9:32 left in the second quarter. After a short Adamsville possession, Marquez Taylor found an open sideline for an 81-yard touchdown run on first down with 4:56 left in the second quarter. Zach Aird nailed the extra point for a 15-0 lead.
Adamsville fumbled the ball to the Rebels on their next possession putting McKenzie in excellent field position for a third score. They got one long run and stalled, settling for a 23-yard field goal by Zack Aird with 2:56 left in the first half extending the Rebel lead to 18-0.
The Cardinals got a drive going after the kickoff aided by Rebel penalties and scored on a quarterback keeper by Lathan Morris with 38 seconds left in the first half. The extra point was good as Adamsville cut into McKenzie’s lead 18-7.
McKenzie got the ball to start the third quarter and drove the ball all the way to the Adamsville 1 yard line before Micah Austin took a hit and lost the football inside the one.
Adamsville recovered the fumble. Both teams swapped possessions with McKenzie ending the third quarter threatening to score again.
The Rebels had the football going into the final quarter settling for a 19-yard Zach Aird field goal with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter giving the Rebels a 21-7 lead. After a three-and-out possession for Adamsville, McKenzie had the ball again with a 31-yard pass from Evan Jarrett to Logan Lyles putting the Rebels deep in Cardinal territory. Four plays later on fourth down, Jarrett threw to West Cook for a touchdown with 5:23 left to play in the game. Zack Aird’s extra point was good for a 28-7 Rebel lead which ended up being the final.
McKenzie rolled up 430 yards offense with over 300 of that coming on the ground. Micah Austin led rushers with 23 carries for 121 yards in his final regular season game. Evan Jarrett was 6-8 for 86 yards passing.
McKenzie travels to Crump Stadium in Memphis Friday night to face Memphis Mitchell with a 7 p.m. game time.