McKENZIE (September 2) — McKenzie Rebels easily captured a victory over the visiting South Fulton Red Devils on Friday and now stand at 3-0 on the season.
Briley Auvenshine was crowned Homecoming queen during pre-game ceremonies.
From the first touch of the ball, the Rebels dominated. Landon Brown took the opening drive 50 yards for a touchdown. Zach Aird added the PAT for McKenzie to lead 7-0 with just seconds elapsed in the contest.
McKenzie again scored on a Jackson Cassidy 55-yard pass-rush to Zach Aird for a TD and an Aird PAT to make the score 14-0.
Marquez Taylor followed suit with a 49-yard run and an Aird PAT for a score of 21-0.
Zay Webber found paydirt on a 56-yard pass run from QB Jackson Cassidy with an Aird PAT to make the score 28-0.
Taylor then added a six-yard rush for a TD and Aird added the PAT for a score of 35-0 to close the first quarter.
The second quarter included scoring by Marquez Taylor with a 60-yard run and an Aird PAT. Aird added a 21-yard field goal to close the first half with a score of 45-0.
The second half was accompanied by a running clock and heavy player substitutions by the Rebels.
Sophomore Tate Surber saw action as the quarterback and many younger players enjoyed their playing time while containing the Red Devils.
In the third, Etijay Tharpe scored on a 52-yard run and Aird added the PAT for a score of 52-0.
South Fulton’s Brady McFarland escaped the Rebel defenders and scored on a 79-yard pass-rush. South Fulton’s two-point attempt failed leaving the score at 52-6.
The lone score in the fourth quarter was a safety, earning the Rebels two points and the 54-6 victory.
Jackson Cassidy was five for five on passing with 155 yards and two touchdowns. Tate Surber was six for 10 on passing for 105 yards.
South Fulton’s McFarland was eight for 16 on passing for 133 yards.
McKenzie had 39 total plays for 474 total yards, 261 passing and 213 rushing. South Fulton had 46 plays for 161 yards, 133 passing and 28 rushing.
Rushing for the Rebels includes M. Taylor with 6 for 127 yards and 3 TDs; E. Tharpe with 1 rush for 56 yards and 1 TD.; Brady Brewer with 4 rushes for 10 yards; Colt Norden for 1 rush for 6 yards; Tate Surber 2 rushes for 4 yards.
MHS receiving was: Z. Webber 4 receptions for 119 yards one 1 TD; Z. Aird with 3 receptions and 91 yards and 1 TD; Stafford Roditis, who provided many of the kickoffs, had one reception for 18 yards. C. Norden had 1 reception for 14 yards; Dalton Hatley had 1 reception for 13 yards; and Jake Cassidy had 1 reception for 6 yards.
#26 Rashad McCreary 4; #8 B. Brewer 3; #15 Drew. Chappell, 3; #5 L. Brown, 3; #14 T. Surber, 2; #66 David Cheney, 2; #11 J. Cassidy, 1; #30 Dalton Hatley, 1; #9 Jake Cassidy, 1; #47 Ace Fisher, 1; #77 D. Latimer, 1; #74 J. Luna, 1; #12 C. Norden, 2.
McKenzie plays Obion County Rebels on Friday, September 9, 7 p.m. at McKenzie Rebel Stadium.