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DRESDEN (October 11) — McKenzie made the short trip to Dresden Friday night and put together a dominating performance defeating the Lions 42-7 despite very wet field conditions.Dresden won the …
DRESDEN (October 11) — McKenzie made the short trip to Dresden Friday night and put together a dominating performance defeating the Lions 42-7 despite very wet field conditions.
Dresden won the toss and elected to take the ball first. Penalties and lost yardage left the Lions no choice but to punt to the Rebels. The punt was short and left McKenzie with good field position in Dresden territory. Six plays later, The Rebels were on the board on a two-yard touchdown run by Micah Austin. The extra point was good for a 7-0 McKenzie lead with 6:52 left in the first quarter.
Dresden settled down on their second possession and moved the ball into McKenzie territory but a Marquez Taylor interception ended the drive on Dresden’s first pass attempt.
On the next play, Taylor took a screen pass 65 yards for a touchdown with the extra point good for a 14-0 lead just before the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter opened with Dresden in control of the ball but the drive ended the same way the other one did with a McKenzie interception. The Rebels ended up punting after an offensive pass interference call stalled their drive.
Dresden went three and out on their next possession. McKenzie went to their short passing game and quickly moved downfield with the clock heading towards halftime. Evan Jarrett hit Marquez Taylor for a 35-yard touchdown with the extra point good for a 21-0 lead with 37 seconds left in the half.
The Lions got on the board one play later after the kickoff when Divers Lockhart threw a halfback pass to Nolan Johnson for a touchdown. The extra point was good for a 21-7 score.
Marquez Taylor took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown as the clock ran out on the half. The extra point was good for a 28-7 Rebel lead at halftime.
McKenzie got the ball to start the second half and went into Dresden territory on a 32-yard pass from Jarrett to Will Latimer. Two plays later Taylor had his third touchdown of the night on a 14-yard scoring run. The extra point was good for a 35-7 lead with 9:40 left in the third quarter.
The two teams swapped possessions both attempting to convert fourth down plays and coming up short. Dresden fumbled their next possession back to the Rebels and two plays later Logan Lyles scored on a 10-yard run. The extra point was good for a 42-7 lead shortly before the third quarter ended.
The fourth quarter began with a running clock and younger players in the contest. The two teams caught cases of fumblitis turning the ball over several times before McKenzie settled down and ran the clock out on the victory.
McKenzie improves to 4-3 while Dresden falls to 2-6 on the year.
The Rebels rang up 370 yards offense with 164 yards rushing and 206 yards passing . Evan Jarrett completed 7 of 12 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Lyles and Micah Austin combined for 103 yards rushing and a touchdown each. Marquez Taylor had four touchdowns on the night for the Rebels
Dresden finished with 173 yards offense, 117 on the ground and 56 through the air. Quea Taylor led Dresden in rushing with 51 yards followed closely by Chandler Turnbow with 43 yards for the Lions.
McKenzie plays host to Union City in region action this week while Dresden has the week off before closing out the season against Gleason and Humboldt.