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McKENZIE — After suffering a lopsided loss to Huntingdon last week, McKenzie Middle regrouped and posted a convincing 24-6 win over a physically bigger Henry County team. Much needed rain …
McKENZIE — After suffering a lopsided loss to Huntingdon last week, McKenzie Middle regrouped and posted a convincing 24-6 win over a physically bigger Henry County team. Much needed rain soaked the field prior to the game but quit just in time to get the contest played.
The Rebels won the toss but elected to defer possession to the second half so the Patriots received the ball first on a short kickoff. The patriots too the ball at their own 42. Three plays later they were on the scoreboard first following a 46-yard scamper by James Bobbitt for a Patriot touchdown. Their 2-point conversion attempt failed leaving McKenzie with a 6-0 deficit.
The Rebels went 3 plays and out on their first offensive possession and punted away to the Patriots. Three plays later, a bad punt snap allowed McKenzie to down the ball in excellent field position at the Patriot 30-yard line near the end of the first quarter. The Rebels completed a 9-yard pass as the first quarter clock expired with the Rebels parked at the Henry County 16 yard line.
After a no-gainer, the Rebels pounded the ball on the ground for three straight plays capped by a Tate Surber touchdown with 5:22 left in the second period. The 2-point conversion pass attempt was just short leaving the score tied 6-6.
The Patriots began moving the ball on the ground following the ensuing kickoff but a fumble recovered by the Rebels ended that possession for Henry County. Two plays later, Surber located Stafford Roditis in the endzone for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 1:26 left in the half. The two-point conversion pass no good but the Rebels led 12-6.
The Rebels shut the Patriots out the remainder of the first half including sacking their quarterback to hold their lead headed into halftime.
McKenzie came out the second half and chewed the entire third quarter clock up with a ball-control offense with Drew Chappell and Tate Surber running the football. Their drive started at their own 37 and resulted in a third touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter when Surber scored on a two-yard keeper with 7:52 left in the fourth period. The 2-point conversion pass was no good but the Rebels extended their lead to 18-6.
The Patriots got some offense on their ensuing drive but McKenzie’s defense stopped a fourth down play and took over on downs in Henry County territory.
The Rebels kept the ball on the ground eating up more clock and scored on a 3-yard Drew Chappell run with 2:00 left in the contest. The 2-point conversion was no good as the Rebels again extended their score to 24-6.
McKenzie improved their record to 2-1 with West Carroll coming to town this week. Game time is 6:30 pm.