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Rebels’ Season Ends At Trenton

Posted 11/20/19

TRENTON — McKenzie’s 2019 season came to a close at the hands of Trenton’s Golden Tide last Friday night in the second round of the playoffs. The Tide scored points several …

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Rebels’ Season Ends At Trenton

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TRENTON — McKenzie’s 2019 season came to a close at the hands of Trenton’s Golden Tide last Friday night in the second round of the playoffs. The Tide scored points several different ways enroute to a 48-0 win over the Rebels. Trenton is the Class AA defending state champion.

McKenzie won the toss and elected to defer to the second half which gave the ball to Trenton to start the game. The Tide wasted no time using a balanced offense driving into McKenzie territory before fumbling the ball to the Rebels. McKenzie was not able to take advantage of the fumble recovery and punted on a fourth and long play. Trenton blocked the punt with Carson Vandiver scooping it up and running it in for an 11-yard touchdown. The extra point was good for a 7-0 Trenton lead.

After a three-and-out possession and a short punt by McKenzie, Trenton got the ball in good field position and put together a short 7-play drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by Noah Halbrook with a little over a minute left in the first quarter. The extra point again was good for a 14-0 Trenton lead.

The Rebels continued to have offensive issues going three-and-out again at the end of the first quarter. Three plays into Trenton’s next possession, they were in the enzone again on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Baugus to Noah Halbrook. The extra point was no good but Trenton still extended their lead to 20-0 with 9:16 left in the second quarter.

After another short possession by the Rebels and a short punt, the Tide tacked on another touchdown on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Baugus to Eli Hammonds. The extra point was good for a 27-0 lead for Trenton.

McKenzie finally got a decent drive going driving into Trenton territory until Evan Jarrett was intercepted in the endzone on a fourth down play. Trenton took the ball the other way and scored a few plays later on a five-yard touchdown run by Jacquez Wilkins with the extra point good for a 34-0 lead just before halftime.

The Rebels got the ball first to open the second half but lost it on an interception that was run back to the McKenzie 15 yard line. A few plays later, Cooper Baugus scored from one-yard away with the extra point good for a 41-0 lead.

Later in the quarter after yet another short McKenzie possession, Trenton’s Khalik Ganaway scored on a 43-yard run with the extra point good for a 48-0 lead near the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was scoreless as the Tide eliminated McKenzie from the playoffs.

The Rebels end their season with a 6-6 record and first playoff appearance since 2016.

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