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2021 Sports Year In Review

Posted 1/11/22

August 31

Rebels Blank Eagles, 36-0

HENDERSON — McKenzie’s Rebels (2-0) headed south to 4A Chester County last Friday for the first of three straight road contests after a season opening win at home over the Huntingdon Mustangs.

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2021 Sports Year In Review


August 31

Rebels Blank Eagles, 36-0
HENDERSON — McKenzie’s Rebels (2-0) headed south to 4A Chester County last Friday for the first of three straight road contests after a season opening win at home over the Huntingdon Mustangs.
The Eagles won the toss and elected to defer to the second half so McKenzie got the ball first on the kickoff. After a quick pass to Andrew Cole for 20 yards, the Rebels stalled and had to punt away on their first possession. After a 42-yard punt by the Rebels, Chester County drove to the McKenzie 33 where they stalled and lost yards on two straight plays setting up a short Eagle punt to the McKenzie 28.

Huntingdon Wins Home Opener Against South Side
HUNTINGDON (August 27) — The Huntingdon Mustangs picked up a big win Friday night at home against the Jackson South Side Hawks. The Mustangs took an early first quarter lead on the Hawks and never looked back picking up the 44-13 victory.
Huntingdon’s running game dominated picking up 441 yards on 46 plays. The Mustangs picked up 24 yards passing. Leading the ground game was Cade Wood with 177 yards and two touchdown followed by Aden Hutcherson with 133 yards and one touchdown.

September 7

Rebels Rout South Fulton
SOUTH FULTON (September 3) — McKenzie’s Rebels hit the road for the second straight week this time north to South Fulton for their first region 6-A contest. The Rebels, who won 72-7, were without the services of running back Marquez Taylor but served as ample opportunity for Etijay Tharpe to show his talents and he made the best of his time.

Gleason Defeats Bruceton 69-27 in Region Win
GLEASON (September 3) — Gleason Bulldogs (2-1) had a big region win over Hollow Rock-Bruceton (0-3), 69-27, giving the senior-heavy team of Bulldogs one of their best season starts in recent years.

September 14

McKenzie Remains Unbeaten
TROY — McKenzie wrapped up three weeks of road games with a trip to another set of Rebels at Obion Central. They left with another win, 40-14, after trailing 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. This was the second 4-A team the Rebels have defeated having shut out Chester County 36-0 two weeks ago.

September 21

McKenzie Now 5-0 with Perry County Win
McKenzie improved to 5-0 (2-0) with a lopsided 63-0 win over Perry County at home Friday night. It did not take the Rebels long to score and score often.

September 28

Mustangs Trample Milan
HUNTINGDON (September 24) — Huntingdon (5-1) trampled Milan (1-4) Friday night at Paul Ward Stadium, rushing for 537 yards in a 63-33 win.
Mustang tailback Aden Hutcherson enjoyed a big night, running for 301 yards and seven touchdowns on 32 carries. Cade Wood added 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries. He also had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks.

Bulldogs Win County Matchup Against Yellowjackets
GREENFIELD (September 24) — The Gleason Bulldogs pulled off a big win Friday night against Weakley County rival Greenfield. The Bulldogs shut out the Yellowjackets 28-0, improving their record to 4-2 for the regular season and 1-1 in Region 6-A.

October 5

Lady Rebel Golf Wins Regional, Qualifies For State
McKenzie’s Lady Rebel Golfers won the Region Tournament for the fifth consecutive year qualifying them for the state tournament. Taking two of three players’ scores, Juleyanne Weatherford’s round of 84, combined with Payton Ognibene’s 98, gave our ladies the lead with a team total of 182. Juleyanne was also the low medalist of the girls today. Juleyanne, Payton, and Jaden will advance to the TSSAA State Championship next week in Sevierville.

McKenzie Beats Dresden in Close One
#4 ranked McKenzie played host to #6 ranked Dresden in what turned out to be the closest contest the Rebels have had all season. Despite a rash of penalties called against the Rebels, they kept their cool and played their game and eventually won 23-14 to remain undefeated at 7-0.

October 12

Carr Inducted in UTM Hall of Fame
MARTIN (October 9) — Saturday evening, McKenzie Rebel alumnus Derek Carr was inducted in the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Class at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Carr was the starting quarterback for the Rebels in 2006 and 2007 and helped lead the Rebels to the State Championship Game in 2007. During his two years as starter, Carr threw for 4572 yards and 45 touchdowns.
At UTM, Carr set a single-game record for pass efficiency in 2012. He holds UTM single season records for pass completions, passing yards, and touchdowns. Carr ranks in the top 5 in Ohio Valley Conference history in pass completions, touchdowns, yards, and total offense.

McKenzie 8-0 with Win Over Gleason
GLEASON (October 8) — McKenzie’s Rebels moved to 8-0 with a 57-16 win over neighboring Gleason in a Region 6 contest. The two teams have not faced each other in football in a number of years. Despite a good early effort from the Bulldogs, they were no match for the Rebels ability to put up a lot of numbers in a hurry.

October 19

Lady Rebel Soccer Wins District Title
The McKenzie Lady Rebels spent part of their fall break last week competing in the District Tournament Monday and Wednesday. They faced Gibson County Monday defeating the Lady Pioneers 2-1 before moving on to the district championship game against Martin Westview’s Lady Chargers winning 2-0. The Lady Rebels play Westview in a rematch this week for the region championship.

October 26

McKenzie Rebels Win 9th in a Row
McKenzie’s Rebels had an eventful week coming off of a bye week. Last Tuesday, Bruceton called and canceled the region contest on Friday night. The Tigers did not have enough players due to injuries and COVID. On very short notice, McKenzie was able to schedule Sequatchie County, a triple-A school, from near Chattanooga to play at McKenzie and give the Rebels an extra home game.

Mustangs Surf Golden Tide to Victory
HUNTINGDON (October 22) — The Mustangs played host to what promised to be one of the best games in the state. Coming into Friday night’s game, Huntingdon looked to rebound from their Westview defeat two weeks prior, while Trenton Peabody looked to add to their 44 game winning streak (second longest in the nation behind Kirtland High School in Ohio with 49). Huntingdon jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the David versus Goliath match-up coming out the 49-28 victor.

November 2

McKenzie Defeats McEwen Finishes Regular Season 10-0
It has been 20 years since McKenzie ran the table on the regular season. It was 2001 and the Rebels were competing in Class AA. They went undefeated in the regular season and didn’t lose until the semi-finals of the state playoffs against Martin Westview.
Fast forward 20 years and this year’s Rebels have run the table capped off by a 42-6 win over region foe McEwen.

November 9

McKenzie Rolls Moore County in Round One
The McKenzie Rebels opened up the state playoffs hosting the Moore County Raiders from Middle Tennessee on a chilly Friday night, November 5, and turned it into a lopsided contest before halftime with multiple touchdowns on offense and defense.

Mustangs Advance to Second Round of Playoffs
HUNTINGDON (November 5) — The Huntingdon Mustangs made short work of the Memphis Mitchell Tigers Friday in night’s opening round of the 2A TSSAA playoffs. In true Mustang fashion, their dominant running game and control of the clock led to the 56-24 victory.

November 16

Rebels Blank Cornersville
Sometimes it’s the offense that’s key to the game. Sometimes its defense or special teams or it’s a combination of two or three of them. McKenzie’s defense played absolutely lights out against Cornersville tallying numerous tackles for no gain or loss and intercepting two passes. The Rebel offense fed off of the defensive play and took care of business on the scoreboard en-route to a 28-0 win over the 9-2 Bulldogs who finished second in their region this year.

Mustang Football Season Ends in Nail Biter
MEMPHIS (November 12) — The Huntingdon Mustangs bowed out of the TSSAA Playoffs Friday night after facing the Tigers of Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (10-1) in an 8-7 nail biter. The Mustangs struggled to move the ball against the highly athletic Memphis team who allowed only 64 points in 11 games.

West Carroll Eliminated in Second Round
For the second time in three weeks, West Carroll had the task of playing a three-time defending state champion. The second meeting came in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs with the season on the line. The two scores were identical as Peabody eliminated West Carroll with a 48-0 victory in the Class 1A second round.

November 23

Aden Hutcherson is Winner of the Heisman High School Scholarship
Aden Hutcherson, a senior at Huntingdon High School, is one of two Tennessee high school seniors to be honored with a Heisman High School Scholarship. This program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. Defined by leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness

Rebels Defeat Defending Champions 14-8
What a chilly night! What a crowd from McKenzie! What a defensive game! Among the McKenzie crowd was a portion of Cornersville’s football team that drove down for the game. The Rebels defeated Cornersville 28-0 in the last round of the playoffs. They are in Fayetteville’s football region and lost to them 18-8 during the season.
McKenzie’s defense held the defending Class A state champions to 128 yards total offense. Fayetteville had only 29 yards rushing and 99 yards passing. The Rebel defense was responsible for eight tackles for loss, three sacks, and an interception.
Offensively, the Rebels rolled up 266 total yards with 173 on the ground and 93 through the air. Jackson Cassidy was 12/16 for 93 yards passing while rushing 15 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Marquez Taylor rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries while Rashad McCreary had a big game on offense and defense rushing 11 times for 49 yards and racking up eight tackles including two sacks on defense.


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