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The McKenzie Rebels were happy to be home after four straight weeks on the road and it showed in their play Friday night against region opponent Adamsville. They came into the contest with plenty of …
The McKenzie Rebels were happy to be home after four straight weeks on the road and it showed in their play Friday night against region opponent Adamsville. They came into the contest with plenty of confidence after getting their first win at Halls.
McKenzie got the ball first on the kickoff after Adamsville won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. The offense clicked early with runs by Joseph Miller, Bryston Diggs, and Eli Surber as the Rebels marched downfield with Miller punching in a 1-yard score with 7:47 left in the first quarter. An attempted 2-point conversion failed leaving McKenzie with an early 6-0 lead.
McKenzie’s defense clicked early as well forcing Adamsville to go three and out on their first possession. The 35-yard punt left the Rebels in good field position near midfield. The Rebel’s second possession only took two plays to produce points. Miller ripped off a 27-yard run and Bryston Diggs finished it off on second down with a 22-yard dash for a touchdown. The extra point was no good but McKenzie extended their lead to 12-0 with 5:18 left in the first quarter.
The two teams swapped possessions to finish the opening quarter. The Rebels opened the second quarter having to punt for the first time in the contest. Adamsville got a decent drive going into Rebel territory but were forced to punt after Larson King broke up a pass attempt on third down and long.
McKenzie took over the ball at their own 14 and started a long drive chewing up lots of the second quarter clock. The drive went 13 plays resulting in an 18-yard touchdown run by Joseph Miller with 4:13 left in the second half. Diego Calderon’s extra point attempt was good for a 19-0 lead.
Adamsville ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards for a score only to have it called back on a penalty. The Cardinals then drove the ball all the way to the McKenzie 1 where they fumbled with just a few seconds left until halftime. Surber took a knee to end a good first half for the Rebels.
McKenzie’s defense rose to the occasion early in the second half when Murphy Watkins sacked the Cardinal quarterback causing a fumble which Stephone Haynes recovered for the Rebels. McKenzie moved the ball some on their next possession but had to punt from their own 40 which was partially blocked giving the Cardinals possession at the McKenzie 40. Adamsville’s Lathan Morris connected with Donovan Stackens for a 40-yard touchdown on first down. Their extra point attempt was good making the score 19-7 with 7:13 left in the third quarter.
McKenzie had a rare 3 and out possession and punted back to the Cardinals. They got a big 42-yard run into Rebel territory when McKenzie’s Hunter Stafford scooped up a fumble and took it the other way 65-yards for a touchdown. Calderon’s extra point attempt was good for a 26-7 score with 4:34 left in the third quarter.
The two teams swapped possessions heading into the fourth quarter. Adamsville moved into McKenzie territory early in the fourth and scored on another 40-yard pass from Morris to Stackens on fourth down with 8:30 left in the final quarter. The extra point was good for a 26-14 score. Tyler Spivey took the ensuing kickoff 90-plus yards for a score only to have it called back on a penalty. The Rebels ended up punting after using up plenty of clock running the ball.
Adamsville went to the air trying to get a quick score on their next possession but Spivey had other ideas intercepting a Cardinal pass and returning it 30 yards. McKenzie ran out the clock on their second victory.
Joseph Miller rang up 140 yards and two TD’s in his return while Bryston Diggs contributed 75 yards and a score. Eli Surber added 30 more yards to the Rebel offensive effort. Coach Comer was pleased with the effort. “We’ve had a lot of stuff to deal with forcing us to play a lot of new guys. We gotta take care of our business each week from here on out.”
The win combined with Union City’s win over Gibson County has put the Rebels in a 3-way tie for 3rd place in the region with Trenton and Union City. McKenzie heads to Trenton this week for the final regular season road trip. Trenton is coming off an open week. Game time is 7:00 p.m.