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Middle school football

Rebels Cap Season with Rout of Lions on Eighth Grade Night

Posted 10/2/19

McKENZIE (September 26) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels wrapped up a great football season (5-2) Thursday with a dominant win over the Camden Junior High Lions, 40-0.

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Middle school football

Rebels Cap Season with Rout of Lions on Eighth Grade Night

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McKENZIE (September 26) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels wrapped up a great football season (5-2) Thursday with a dominant win over the Camden Junior High Lions, 40-0.

It was Eighth Grade Night at Randy Thomas Field, and the departing cheerleaders and football players were recognized on the field before the game.

Eighth grade cheerleaders include: Co-Captains Belle O’Brien and Ava Warman, Abbie Young, Ava Jones, Brett Toombs, Kamryn Brewer, Skyelor DeLoach and Macey Mayo.

Eighth grade football players include: Brady Brewer, Jake Cassidy, Hayden Garrett, Ian Ownby, Stafford Roditis, Drew Chappell, Brent Odom, Dalton Hatley, Dawson Brush, Lane Anderson, Braxton Sulock, Chaz Flippin, Ace Fisher, Christopher Beck, Cameron Flippin, Luiz Tellez, Andrew Marr, Aidan Sisemore and Chris Hollowell.

Camden won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

Rebel Colt Norden received the opening kickoff near the 20 and returned it to the 29. On the first snap, Drew Chappell ran for 14 yards for a first down, then ran twice more for seven and 13 yards to move the chains again. Norden gained eleven, then quarterback Tate Surber threw across the backfield to Landon Brown for a 26-yard touchdown. Chappell was stopped on a two-point attempt, but McKenzie led 6-0 with 5:41 to play in the first frame.

The Rebel defense set the tone on Camden’s first possession, forcing a three-and-out. A short Lion punt was downed at the Camden 34.

With a short field, Surber tossed to Stafford Roditis for 24 yards, but a holding penalty moved McKenzie back to the 44. Chappell gained 13, then Surber threw incomplete twice to bring up fourth-and-seven. A Lion defender jumped offside to move the Rebels five yards closer, and Surber kept for nine yards to move the chains. Roditis ran for a short gain, then Surber scrambled and threw to the end zone incomplete. He kept for no gain on third down, then connected with Brown for a 14-yard score as the opening frame ended. Surber kept for the two-point conversion, and McKenzie led 14-0.

Roditis made a strong kickoff, but it took a bad bounce out of bounds at the 7 to give Camden the ball at the 35. A holding penalty on first down helped doom the drive to another three-and-out. A better Lion punt was downed at the Rebel 45.

Surber threw incomplete, then slipped out of a defender’s arms in the backfield and wove his way to a 55-yard touchdown. Camden was flagged for a face mask penalty on the play, and the Rebels elected to take it on the kickoff. Roditis kicked the PAT, and McKenzie led 21-0 with just over four minutes to play in the half.

Roditis took advantage of the earlier penalty on the kickoff, sending it into the end zone for a touchback. The Lions earned their first first down of the game with Jaylon Boggs converting a third-and-one, but the drive was stifled there. Going for it on fourth-and-seven at the far 39, quarterback Eli Latendresse threw an interception to Surber near the line of scrimmage.

With the half winding down, Surber tossed to Chappell, but he was dropped quickly for a loss. Surber’s next throw fell incomplete, intended for Roditis. The two connected on the next try for a first down at the 25, and Surber spiked the ball to stop the clock at six seconds. Chappell scrambled in the backfield and threw incomplete, leaving one second. Surber threw to Brown as time expired, and he headed down the sideline. One step out of bounds at the 5 prevented the score, and the Rebels led 21-0 at the break.

Camden received the second-half kick and quickly went three-and-out. Another short punt gave McKenzie great field position at the Lion 41. Surber threw across the backfield to Roditis, who stepped out of bounds after a 29-yard gain. Surber tossed to Roditis again, this time for a 12-yard touchdown. Roditis’ PAT hit the crossbar, and the Rebels led 27-0 halfway through the third quarter.

The ensuing kickoff bounced off a Lion player and was nearly recovered by McKenzie, but Camden fell on it to start at the 33. The Rebel defense continued to shine, forcing yet another three-and-out. Another short punt by the Lions gave McKenzie the ball at the Camden 40.

Rebel Brady Brewer got the first handoff and took it to the house untouched. Roditis’ kick was blocked, and the McKenzie lead was 33-0 with under three minutes remaining in the third.

Lion Gage Lee received the kickoff near the 15 and made a solid return to the 34. Three plays later, Drew Hardin converted a third down to get Camden near midfield. The next play resulted in a fumble, recovered by Rebel Craegen Travis at the Lion 39.

Brewer made a short gain as the quarter ended, the Chappell started the final frame with a 38-yard touchdown run. Roditis nailed the PAT, and McKenzie led 40-0 with just under eight minutes of running clock remaining.

Lee fell on the ensuing kickoff at the 24. Latendresse threw up a high, arching pass that found C.J. Baker for a first down. After a few short gains, Camden faced fourth-and-three, but Latendresse rushed forward for the first down just across midfield. The next play resulted in another fumble, this time pounced on by Rebel Hayden Garrett on the 50.

Brewer ran four times, but couldn’t break through, and Camden got one last chance with under a minute to play.

After a short loss on first down, Latendresse heaved it as time expired. Lion Philip Liles came down with it and headed down the sideline. Rebels Will Blue and Holden Puckett preserved the shutout by forcing Liles out near the 15, and McKenzie celebrated the 40-0 win.

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