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McKenzie Falls to Waverly

Posted 9/25/18

Friday night’s contest pitted a team on a three-game skid against a team working towards that first win. The Waverly Tigers were known to have an explosive offense but had been giving up a …

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McKenzie Falls to Waverly

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Friday night’s contest pitted a team on a three-game skid against a team working towards that first win. The Waverly Tigers were known to have an explosive offense but had been giving up a bunch of points on defense. McKenzie was coming off a good performance against TCA despite the loss. However between the hot and humid conditions, multiple injuries and that explosive Tiger offense, Friday was simply not a good night for the Rebels losing 54-13 in a lopsided mercy rule contest.

The Rebels won the toss and elected to take the ball first and got some short-yardage gains before having to punt. It didn’t take long to show that explosive offense as Montez Bradley took off for the first of 5 touchdowns on a 49-yard run with 9:43 to go in the first quarter. Stephone Hayes blocked the extra-point attempt leaving the score 6-0.

McKenzie went three and out on their second possession and punted away to the Tigers. A good return put Waverly in good field position at the McKenzie 45. Two plays later Bradley had his second touchdown on a 15-yard run with 6:53 left in the first quarter. The extra point was no good leaving the Rebels down 12-0.

Waverly’s ensuing kickoff went out of bounds putting the Rebels in decent field position at their own 40. They got a good drive going behind hard running from Murphy Watkins and Bryston Diggs. McKenzie had the ball 4th and 1 at the Waverly 40 when Diggs took the ball 40 yards to the house for McKenzie’s first score with 2:57 left in the opening quarter. The extra point attempt was no good cutting the score in half 12-6.

The Tigers struck quickly three plays later with Montez Bradley going off tackle for a 55-yard touchdown with 1:33 left in the first quarter. Bradley added a 2-point conversion run to make it a 20-6 game.

A pair of fumbles on back to back possessions resulted in Waverly touchdowns. The first came on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Stanfield to JD Dixon with :55 seconds left in the first quarter. The Tigers attempted a 2-point conversion which was no good but their lead increased to 26-6. Just a couple of plays into the second quarter McKenzie fumbled again. This time Colton Cochran scooped it up and took it 34 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter. The extra point was good for a 33-6 lead.

The Rebels continued to struggle offensively punting after losing yards on their next possession. Waverly struck again on a four –play drive capped by a 20 yard touchdown run by Montez Bradley with 5:25 left in the second quarter. The extra point again was good extending the Tiger lead to 40-6.

McKenzie went three and out on their next possession and had their punt blocked setting up yet another Waverly touchdown which came a couple of plays later on a 4-yard JD Dixon touchdown with 3:07 left in the half. The extra-point was good for a 47-6 lead going into the half.

With a running clock to start the second half, Waverly got the ball first and scored on their second offensive play on a 72-yard Montez Bradley run with 9:25 left in the third quarter. The extra point was good for a 54-6 lead. This would be the only score of the third quarter as the two teams swapped possessions and began substituting more players into the contest.

McKenzie was able to put together one more decent offensive possession early in the fourth quarter keyed by a 25-yard Eli-Surber to Nicholas Bills pass. Five plays later, Bryston Diggs scored from 5-yards out with 8:10 left in the game. Diego Calderon’s extra point was good to finish the scoring for the contest.

McKenzie did manage nearly 200 yards of offense in the contest. Bryston Diggs ran for 90 of those yards and two touchdowns. The Rebels regroup and head west to Halls this Friday night for an important region contest starting at 7 p.m.

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