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McKENZIE (September 10) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels showcased solid defense Thursday in a 22-6 home win over the Henderson County North Tigers.Henderson received a short opening kick …
McKENZIE (September 10) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels showcased solid defense Thursday in a 22-6 home win over the Henderson County North Tigers.
Henderson received a short opening kick and started at the far 46. The Tigers kept the ball on the ground and earned three first downs before the McKenzie defense tightened up and forced a throw on fourth-and-seven at the 17. Tiger Alex Wallace caught the pass from Jakob Davis behind the line of scrimmage, but was stopped for a loss by Rebel Carson Hill.
Taking over at the 20, Rebel Colt Norden took it 80 yards to the end zone, but a block-in-the-back penalty negated the score and backed the Rebels up to their own 45. Quarterback Tate Surber threw incomplete, then Norden ran for nine. Surber kept for 21 yards, then repeated for eleven more. Norden followed with a 14-yard touchdown. Surber tossed to Cordell Orgain to complete the two-point conversion, and McKenzie had an 8-0 lead with a minute remaining in the first frame.
The Tigers began the ensuing drive at their own 39. Wallace ran for seven, then Ashton Montague carried for a pair as the quarter ended. On the first play of the second, a high snap sailed over Davis’ head, and Rebel Landon Brown dove on it at the Henderson 40.
Norden began the drive with a short gain, then Surber threw to Brown for a first down at the 23. Two false start penalties and a high snap doomed the drive, and Surber’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
Henderson took over at the 33 and earned three first downs before a Wallace fumble was recovered by Rebel Austin Luci at the McKenzie 30.
Surber threw to Brown for a quick first down across midfield. Three plays later, he found Norden for a 46-yard touchdown. Surber again threw to Orgain for two points, and the Rebels led 16-0 with under half a minute to play in the first half.
A good return by Davis put the Tigers at midfield, but they managed just two plays before intermission.
The Rebels got the ball to start the second half, but a deep, rolling kick set them at their 19. Surber threw incomplete, then Norden ran twice to move the chains. Surber kept for eleven and another first down, then Norden was stopped for no gain by a host of Tigers. Surber tossed to Timothy Arline for a short gain, then a penalty negated a completed pass. On third-and-long, Surber threw deep, but incomplete, and Orgain punted.
Henderson took over near midfield and soon faced fourth-and-two. Davis kept and battled for the first down, then Montague moved the chains on a pair of carries. Davis kept again for a 19-yard gain to make it first-and-goal at the 6. On the last play of the third, the snap was high and Davis dove on the ball at the 21. Montague started the final frame with a short gain, then Davis threw to Wallace for another short gain. On fourth-and-goal, the QB found Wallace for an 18-yard touchdown. The two-point try failed, and McKenzie’s lead was 16-6 with just under seven minutes to play.
The ensuing kickoff bounced out of bounds to give the Rebels the ball at their own 35. Surber kept the first snap for a 22-yard gain, then threw incomplete. He kept again for six yards, and a Tiger offside penalty made it first down at the 32. Surber kept again and took it all the way. He completed a pass to Brown on the two-point conversion, but Brown was stopped short. With 4:32 left on the clock, McKenzie led 22-6.
Henderson, needing to score quickly, earned a pair of first downs before Rebel Trey Gilbert sacked Davis for a huge loss on a third down. Facing fourth-and-19, Davis’ deep pass was picked off by Orgain at the Rebel 45 with under a minute to play.
The Rebels looked to run out the clock, but a first-down fumble was recovered by the Tigers to give them one last shot.
Davis hit his favorite receiver Wallace for 19 yards, but Brown sacked Davis for a ten-yard loss on the next play. After two incomplete passes, Wallace ran outside but earned just ten yards.
McKenzie took over, and Surber took a knee to cap the 22-6 victory.