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Middle School Football

Rebels Win Thrilling Opener in Double-Overtime, 26-24

Posted 8/14/19

DRESDEN (August 8) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels won Thursday’s season opener over Dresden in dramatic fashion. The Lions broke a scoreless stalemate late in the first half, then …

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Middle School Football

Rebels Win Thrilling Opener in Double-Overtime, 26-24


DRESDEN (August 8) — The McKenzie Middle School Rebels won Thursday’s season opener over Dresden in dramatic fashion. The Lions broke a scoreless stalemate late in the first half, then the Rebels tied it midway through the final frame. The teams then swapped touchdowns to wrap up regulation. Each team scored in two overtimes, but McKenzie claimed the 26-24 win in the second with the first successful two-point conversion attempt of the contest for either team.

Dresden received the opening kickoff and drove across midfield with two first downs on ten plays. Then, on fourth-and-two, Lion quarterback Cameron Schlicht was stopped on a keeper for no gain by Rebels Dalton Hatley and Drew Chappell.

Taking over at the far 27, Chappell opened the drive with a 20-yard carry, then repeated for three more yards. Quarterback Tate Surber threw incomplete, then found Lane Anderson across midfield for another first down. Two plays later, the quarter ended with a fumble, recovered by the Rebels to prevent a turnover. After an incomplete pass to start the second frame, Stafford Roditis lined up deep to punt, but instead scrambled for a first down at the Lion 32. Surber then kept for seven, but a false start on the next snap set McKenzie back. Two plays later, the Rebels turned the ball over on downs.

Dresden took over at the far 30. Lion Tristan Jett ran for five, then a holding penalty on the next play made it second-and-long. Schlicht threw a sideline pass to Jett, who ran 74 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Dresden led 6-0 with 3:26 remaining in the half.

The Rebels began the next drive at their own 33, but went three-and-out and punted with a minute and a half to play before the break.

McKenzie’s defense answered by forcing a Dresden three-and-out, but managed just one play on offense before time expired.

At the half, the Lions led 6-0.

McKenzie received the second-half kick and began at the far 34. Chappell ran twice to move the chains, then Colt Norden did the same. Chappell gained four, then lost seven on a stop by Lion Tanner Thomas. On third-and-long, Surber kept for a short gain. Then, his fourth-down pass to Roditis gained 15 yards and moved the chains to the Lion 20. Chappell gained five, then was stopped at the line of scrimmage. A Dresden defender jumped offside to make it third-and-short, and Surber kept for six yards as the third quarter ended. He started the fourth with two keeps for no gain, then threw across to Landon Brown for a loss. On fourth-and-goal from the 10, Surber threw to the end zone. The ball was deflected by a Lion defender, but right into the hands of an alert Lane Anderson for the touchdown. The two-point attempt failed, and the score was tied at 6-6 with just over five minutes to play.

Starting at the Dresden 40, Jett gained two yards, then McKenzie gave up five more on an offside penalty. Schlicht dropped back with the next snap and threw long. Rebel Jake Cassidy intercepted the pass, and McKenzie took over at the Lion 43.

Chappell ran for three, then Surber threw to Brown for 15 and a first down. The quarterback then kept three times, scoring from nine yards out on the third carry. Chappell was stopped just short on the two-point conversion by a host of Lions, but McKenzie led 12-6 with under a minute and a half remaining.

The Lions again began at their own 40. Jett ran for nine yards, then caught a 16-yard pass to move the chains. Schlicht next threw to Reece Bell for a 33-yard touchdown to tie the game at 12-12. The two-point try failed, and the contest remained knotted with 36 seconds to play.

McKenzie started the ensuing drive at the far 43. Surber threw to Roditis for 20 yards, then incomplete. With seven seconds left, Surber completed a short pass to Anderson, who was forced out of bounds as time expired.

In the first overtime, the Rebels started on offense, first-and-ten at the 10. A Dresden penalty moved McKenzie five yards closer, and Chappell ran in to just outside the 1. Next, Surber scored on a sneak. The two-point conversion failed.

The Lions then took their first overtime possession. Schlicht kept for a short gain, then tossed to Jett for no gain. Next, he threw to Bell, who was stopped at the 2. Jett took a handoff on fourth-and-goal and scored. Another failed conversion left the score 18-18.

Dresden got the ball first in the second overtime. Jett ran for eight yards, then Schicht kept for the touchdown. Jett was stopped short on the two-point try, but the Lions had a 24-18 lead.

Surber started McKenzie’s effort with a pass to Anderson for seven yards. Then, Chappell pressed his way into the endzone for another tie score, 24-24. Going for two points and the win, the snap sailed high over Surber’s head. Chappell scooped it up around the 15, and was immediately met by a Lion defender. He evaded the tackle and headed for paydirt. He ran into a host of defenders at the 3, but dragged the pile into the end zone for the game-winning conversion.

The Rebels (1-0) will travel to Huntingdon Thursday. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.


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