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McKENZIE — Fans from McKenzie and Martin got a good look at their respective teams Friday evening despite the heat and humidity. Freshmen played to a 0-0 draw. The Rebel Junior Varsity won 8-0 …
McKENZIE — Fans from McKenzie and Martin got a good look at their respective teams Friday evening despite the heat and humidity. Freshmen played to a 0-0 draw. The Rebel Junior Varsity won 8-0 on an interception return for a touchdown and Westview’s varsity won 35-13.
FRESHMAN: MHS 0, Westview 0
Both freshman squads played two ten-minute quarters with a running clock with neither team scoring. Both teams completed passes and ran the ball hard but failed to score. The highlight play of the contest actually came on the last play with Jackson Cassidy completing a long pass to Bryson Steele.
JUNIOR VARSITY: MHS 8, Westview 0
Jackson Cassidy stepped in front of a Westview pass and took it 37 yards for a touchdown with Marquez Taylor completing a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead which would be the final as both teams swapped possessions back and forth with no further scoring. McKenzie did score a second touchdown late in the scrimmage but it was called back on a penalty.
VARSITY: Westview 35, McKenzie 13
If you took away the big plays and the penalties the score might have been different but McKenzie did move the ball well offensively just couldn’t get it in the end zone. Defensively, The Rebels gave up some big plays and also had some big plays defensively.
One of those big defensive plays came just three plays into the contest when Jeremiah Moore dropped Westview’s quarterback for a 16-yard sack. On the very next play, Westview scored on a 70-yard screen pass with a good extra point attempt with 10:53 left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels answered with a decent drive of their own until a fumble at the Westview 32 ended the possession. Westview took over and drove the ball back downfield and made their second score on a quarterback keeper with 4:36 left in the first quarter. The PAT was good for a 14-0 lead.
McKenzie answered with their first touchdown drive capped by a Micah Austin scoring run with the PAT good by Levin Adrum to cut the Charger lead to 14-7. The first quarter ended with Westview moving the ball near midfield. Two plays into the second quarter Westview found the endzone on a 12-yard touchdown with the PAT good with 11:02 remaining in the second period for a 21-7 lead.
Two plays into the next Rebel possession, McKenzie fumbled it away to the Chargers who scored on the very next play with a 45-yard quarterback keeper. PAT was good again for a 28-7 lead with 9:35 remaining to play.
McKenzie’s next possession also ended with a fumble which the Chargers converted to a fifth touchdown on a 64-yard draw play. The PAT was good for a 35-7 lead with 8:10 left in the contest.
The Rebels appeared to have stalled on their next possession when Evan Jarrett completed a 60-yard pass. Micah Austin found the end zone a couple of plays later for a three-yard touchdown with 2:35 left to play. The PAT was no good leaving the score 35-13.
McKenzie plays host to Huntingdon this week to open the 2019 season. Game time is 7:30.