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Trenton’s Golden Tide clearly was on a mission against the McKenzie Rebels Friday night swamping the Rebels 55-7 in a Region 7AA contest. It’s a good bet they remembered getting upset by …
Trenton’s Golden Tide clearly was on a mission against the McKenzie Rebels Friday night swamping the Rebels 55-7 in a Region 7AA contest. It’s a good bet they remembered getting upset by the Rebels 22-20 last year combined with just getting beat at home two weeks earlier by Gibson County and they had two weeks to prepare for the Rebels. On the other hand, McKenzie was coming off a road win at Halls and a solid home win against Adamsville last week and starting to get some of the injured Rebels back into action.
Trenton won the toss electing to receive wasting no time in exerting their will on the Rebel defense with a 7-play drive all on the ground capped by a 6-yard scoring run by quarterback Cooper Baugus with 8:35 left in the opening quarter. The extra point was good for a 7-0 Tide lead.
McKenzie got their first shot on offense and quickly went three and out which would often be the case in the first half. Larson King punted away with Trenton getting a 10-yard return setting up shop near midfield in their own territory. Two plays later Jaquez Wilkens got loose for a 39 yard touchdown run with 5:31 left in the first quarter. The extra point was again good for a 14-0 lead.
The Rebels fared no better in their next possession going three and out again but got a nice 41-yard punt from King. Trenton started at their own 25 and struck again with the big play when Jerel Dickson dashed 62 yards for a score. The extra point was good for a 21-0 lead with 2:54 remaining in the opening quarter.
Just barely a minute later, after the Rebels went three and out again, Trenton was on the board again with a 51-yard TD pass from Baugus to Noah Halbrook with 1:34 left in the first quarter. The extra point was no good but the Tide extended their lead to 27-0.
McKenzie started their next possession with Eli Surber getting sacked and leaving the game briefly. Joseph Miller became the quarterback and completed a 12-yard pass to Tyler Spivey to jump start the offense. Surber returned to action and the Rebel offense moved into Tide territory behind double digit runs by Miller and Bryston Diggs. Miller scored a few plays later on a 3-yard touchdown run. Diego Calderon’s extra point was good with 6:29 left in the second quarter.
McKenzie attempted an onside kick which was recovered by Trenton. Five plays later the Tide was in the endzone again on a 28-yard touchdown run by Jacquez Wilkins with 4:37 left in the half. Extra point was good for a 34-7 Tide lead.
The Rebels came right back and drove the ball out to near midfield but lost a fumble to Trenton that was returned to the Rebel 27. From there, Baugus found Jarel Dickson on first down for a 27-yard touchdown with just 14 seconds left until halftime. Extra point was good for a 41-7 halftime lead for the Tide.
McKenzie opened the second half with a big kickoff return by Spivey that was nullified by a penalty. Miller got a big 22-yard gain on first down but the drive stalled forcing another Rebel punt. Trenton took over near midfield and were in the endzone three plays later on another Jaquez Wilkins 1-yard touchdown with 7:46 left in the third quarter. Extra point was good for a 48-7 lead.
The Rebels went three and out on their next possession but Trenton was good for one more score on a short two-play drive with Wilkins going 46 yards for the final score of the night. Extra point was good for a 55-7 lead. Both teams began subbing in younger players into the contest with both teams swapping possessions during the final quarter.
McKenzie comes home for their final two games of the regular season with playoff possibilities still on the table. First up is Union City this week for Senior Night as 11 senior football players are honored with their parents along with senior cheerleaders and senior band members.