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McKENZIE (August 3) — A large crowd of area football fans gathered Saturday for the annual McKenzie Middle School Football Jamboree at Randy Thomas Field.The event featured teams from McKenzie, …
McKENZIE (August 3) — A large crowd of area football fans gathered Saturday for the annual McKenzie Middle School Football Jamboree at Randy Thomas Field.
The event featured teams from McKenzie, West Carroll, Huntingdon, Dresden, Martin, Milan, Gibson County, Camden, Decatur County, Trenton, Henderson North and Lexington. They faced off in nine contests, including some junior varsity scrimmages, during four quarters of 40-yard, split-field action and a fifth quarter between McKenzie and Lexington on a 60-yard field. Each matchup consisted of two 18-minute halves with a running clock.
Quarter One: Dresden Lions 20, West Carroll War Eagles 16
Dresden controlled the first half thanks to two touchdowns by Cameron Schlicht. The Lions converted one of the two-point attempts to lead 14-0 at the break.
West Carroll struck first in the second half as Titus Taylor, Jr. scored on a long rush. Quarterback Jaxon Mims connected with Jon Coleman for the two-point conversion, and the Dresden lead was cut to 14-8. Lion Tristan Jett answered with a touchdown to up the lead to 20-8 after a failed two-point attempt. War Eagle Jameson Bortz scored a late TD and two-point conversion to cut the final deficit to 20-16.
Quarter One: Decatur County Panthers 22, Milan Bulldogs 8
Milan struck first but then surrendered 22 unanswered points to Decatur County for the loss. An early Bulldog touchdown and two-point conversion put Milan up 8-0, but the Panthers answered minutes later. The two-point attempt failed, and Milan held an 8-6 lead at the half.
Decatur County opened the second half with a quick touchdown and two-point conversion, then added eight more points in the final seconds.
Quarter Two: Gibson County Pioneers 16, Martin Chargers 12
Gibson County came out on top in a back-and-forth affair. The Pioneers struck first with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Martin answered with a score, but failed to tie it with points-after and trailed 8-6 at the half.
The Chargers took the lead coming out of the break, but again failed to convert for two points. Minutes later, the Pioneers took the lead for good, 16-12, with a TD and two-point conversion.
Quarter Two: Milan Bulldogs JV 8, Decatur County Panthers JV 0
The defenses controlled a scoreless first half as well as the majority of the second. With just over a minute remaining, the Bulldogs managed a touchdown and added two points for the shutout win.
Quarter Three: Henderson North Tigers JV 14, Martin Chargers JV 6
The Tigers struck early with a touchdown, but failed on the two-point attempt. Minutes later, they scored again, this time converting the points-after. At the half, Henderson North JV led 14-0.
The Chargers got on the board with a touchdown near the end of the second half, but failed to convert for two points.
Quarter Three: Huntingdon Mustangs 36, Trenton Bears 0
The Mustangs dominated the Bears throughout. #15 scored two early touchdowns. Both two-point attempts failed. He added a third in the final seconds of the half, and #3 added two points for a 20-0 lead at the break.
Mustang #12 stopped a Trenton threat early in the second with an interception. #3 scored soon after, and #12 added two points. In the final minutes, #2 ran for a touchdown, and #4 ran for the extra points. (Huntingdon’s roster was not available by press time.)
Quarter Four: Henderson North Tigers 22, Camden Lions 6
The Tigers struck early with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, then later added six on another TD. Camden got on the board late in the first half, but failed on the two-point attempt. At the half, Henderson North led 14-6.
Henderson North tacked on eight points midway through the second half to seal the win.
Quarter Four: McKenzie Rebels JV 22, Lexington Minutemen JV 20
The host Rebels struck first with a touchdown by Landon Brown. KD Cunningham added the two-point conversion. Minutes later, Lexington tied things up with a TD and two points. McKenzie quickly regained the lead on a Skyler Stenberg touchdown and a two-point run by Brown. The Minutemen answered with a touchdown, but failed on the two-point conversion. Brown threw to Ryan McCreary for another score late in the half, but the two-point try failed. At the half, the Rebels led 22-14.
Lexington scored the only touchdown of the second half, but failed to tie the game with the two-point conversion.
Quarter Five: Lexington Minutemen 6, McKenzie Rebels 0
The Minutemen scored the only points of the contest with an early touchdown. The two-point conversion failed. The Rebels failed to earn a first down on their first possession. Lexington ran seven plays with one first down before time expired in the first half.
McKenzie again failed to move the chains coming out of the break. The Minutemen earned a first down on the ensuing possession, but were stopped by the Rebel defense. McKenzie finally got a first down on a fourth-down run by Drew Chappell with just over a minute left, but turned the ball over via fumble on the next play. Lexington ran one play before time expired.