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McKENZIE (August 29) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels opened up a big lead in the first half and cruised to a 38-14 win over the West Carroll Junior High War Eagles Thursday.The Rebels won …
McKENZIE (August 29) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels opened up a big lead in the first half and cruised to a 38-14 win over the West Carroll Junior High War Eagles Thursday.
The Rebels won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half.
War Eagle Will Rogers received the opening kickoff and returned it to the West Carroll 46. Titus Taylor Jr. lost a yard on first down, but then caught a pass from quarterback Jaxon Mims for a 35-yard gain. Hudson Bolton ran to the outside but was forced out of bounds by Rebel Drew Chappell for a short loss. Mims threw incomplete, then found Bladen DePriest for a short gain. On fourth-and-nine, Mims’ threw incomplete and the Rebels took over at their own 19.
Chappell ran for 21 on first down, then Rebel quarterback Tate Surber threw incomplete. Chappell ran for ten to move the chains again, then Colt Norden gained three. West Carroll jumped offside to give McKenzie five yards, then Chappell ran for seven and another first down. He repeated for a short gain, then Surber threw to an open Stafford Roditis for a 35-yard touchdown. Chappell was stopped short on the two-point attempt, but the Rebels were on the board with a 6-0 lead with a minute and a half remaining in first frame.
A strong kickoff by Roditis pinned the War Eagles back at their own 20 to start the ensuing drive. Taylor ran for two yards, then Bolton lost three as the quarter ended. Facing third-and-eleven to start the second, Mims’ throw was intercepted by Rebel Brady Brewer and returned for a touchdown. Chappell ran for two points, and McKenzie led 14-0.
Roditis’ kickoff bounced toward the sideline, but Rebel Landon Brown batted it to keep in bounds and the War Eagles took over at their own 26. The McKenzie defense held strong to force a turnover on downs in four plays. Christopher Beck stopped Bolton on first down for a seven-yard loss, Jake Cassidy held the speedy and evasive Taylor to nine on second down and Brewer nearly had another interception on third down. Mims’ fourth-down pass was also incomplete, and the Rebels took over at the West Carroll 28.
Chappell ran for a short gain, then a War Eagle penalty moved the ball five yards. Surber scrambled for a first down, then threw across the backfield to Chappell for seven yards down to the 7. Chappell took a handoff down to the 3 for first-and-goal, then Surber kept for the touchdown. The quarterback kept again for two points, and McKenzie led 22-0 with just under four minutes until intermission.
West Carroll started at the far 40 and again turned the ball over on downs after four snaps. Bolton gained four on two carries, then Mims threw incomplete twice.
The Rebels threatened to score again, but two false starts doomed the drive. Surber threw deep four times to no avail before time expired. At the half, McKenzie led 22-0.
Rebel Dawson Brush jumped on a squib kick by War Eagle Cornelius Cannon to start the second half. Starting near midfield, Chappell ran for 21 into West Carroll territory. Norden followed with a 28-yard carry to set up first-and-goal at the 3, then gained a pair. Chappell gained the final yard for the score, then added the two-point conversion. With 6:51 to play in the third, the Rebels led 30-0.
Roditis kicked deep to start the War Eagles at their own 26. Bolton ran for seven to start the drive. The next play resulted in a fumble, and Mims dove on the ball for a short loss. Bolton made a short gain to bring up fourth-and-three. Mims threw across to Taylor, who shook a pair of Rebel defenders to earn a first down. Jon Coleman gained three on his first touch of the game, then Taylor had a run called back on a holding penalty. Mims threw incomplete on second-and-long, then tossed to Taylor, who was forced out of bounds by Hayden Garrett just short of the first-down marker. Mims kept and dove forward to convert the fourth down and extend the drive. Another toss to Taylor yielded a pair, then Bolton ran for four. Taylor was again held just short of the first, but again Mims dove forward to convert the fourth down. Then, as time expired in the frame, he tossed to Taylor, who ran 34 yards to get the War Eagles on the board. Mims threw to Daelon Drasal for two points, and McKenzie’s lead was cut to 30-8 to start the final frame.
Starting at the far 45, the Rebels quickly faced third-and-long. Surber kept and ran from the 39 to the 39 to move the chains. Brewer ran for nine, then for 16 and another first. Carson Hill gained three, then Norden took it eleven for the score. Surber tossed to Brown for two points, and McKenzie led 38-8 with just under four minutes to play.
A short kick gave the War Eagles solid field position at their own 41. Mims threw for two consecutive first downs, first to Drasal, then to Taylor. On first-and-ten at the 28, the snap got past Mims, but he recovered and scrambled to near the line of scrimmage. West Carroll was called for a hold, however, to set up first-and-20. Mims threw across to Taylor, who zipped through a crowd of defenders then sprinted for a 39-yard touchdown.
The two-point conversion attempt failed, but the War Eagles cut the deficit to 38-14 with two and a half minutes remaining in the contest. West Carroll’s onside kick attempt didn’t travel ten yards, and the Rebels started at the War Eagle 44. Brewer ran twice to move the chains, then Surber took a knee three times to run out the clock on the 38-14 victory. The War Eagles travel to face Henderson County South on Thursday. The Rebels have the week off, then travel to Milan on Thursday, September 12. Kickoff for both games is 6:30 p.m.