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McKenzie’s Rebels evened their record and put themselves in the playoff hunt Friday night with a 21-13 upset over Gibson County in region play.The first quarter was a defensive effort by both …
McKenzie’s Rebels evened their record and put themselves in the playoff hunt Friday night with a 21-13 upset over Gibson County in region play.
The first quarter was a defensive effort by both teams with the two teams punting the ball back and forth to each other. The Rebels kept the Pioneers bottled up in their own territory for nearly the entire first quarter. McKenzie closed the first quarter punting for the third time.
The Rebel defense forced another Gibson County punt early in the second quarter but hit the punter giving the ball right back to the Pioneers. On the very next play, Gibson County scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 10:03 left in the second quarter. The extra point was good for a 7-0 Pioneer lead.
The two teams swapped possessions before halftime with no scoring occurring but McKenzie threatened with a no-huddle short passing game that moved the ball into Gibson County territory before a pass got tipped and intercepted just before the half.
The Pioneers opened the second half with possession but turned the ball over to McKenzie on downs after failing to convert a fourth down play.
McKenzie got their first score on a 9-play drive capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by Micah Austin. Levin Adrom’s extra point was good to tie the game with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
After forcing a three-and-out, McKenzie got the ball in excellent field position after a bad snap sailed over Gibson County’s punter. The Rebels got possession at the Pioneer 31 and scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Micah Austin touchdown. The two-point conversion failed but McKenzie still took a 13-7 lead.
Austin scored his third touchdown on McKenzie’s next possession bursting up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown. Levin Adrom hit Logan Lyles on a 2-point conversion pass to extend the lead to 21-7. Eli Surber ended Gibson County’s next possession with an interception but the Rebels were not able to get anywhere and punted away. Gibson County got one last drive scoring a 3-yard touchdown with a little over three minutes remaining in the game. Their 2-point conversion attempt was no good cutting McKenzie’s lead to 21-13.
McKenzie got the ball back and ran the clock out preserving the upset win.
The Rebels had 267 yards offense with 153 coming on the ground and 114 in the air. Micah Austin had 133 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns to lead the team. Evan Jarrett completed 9 of 14 passes for 114 yards.
The win put McKenzie in second place in the region. They travel to Dresden next week for their final road trip.