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McKenzie Middle Wins Shootout 56-34

By Jim Potts
jpotts@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 10/5/21

McKENZIE (September 23) — After losing the last two games, McKenzie Middle’s Rebels were due a big game and had one against the Gibson County Middle Pioneers. The Rebels outlasted the Pioneers in a 56-34 shootout.

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McKenzie Middle Wins Shootout 56-34

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McKENZIE (September 23) — After losing the last two games, McKenzie Middle’s Rebels were due a big game and had one against the Gibson County Middle Pioneers. The Rebels outlasted the Pioneers in a 56-34 shootout.

Gibson County won the toss and received the ball first. Using nearly half of the first quarter clock, they drove into Rebel territory and scored first on a halfback pass for a 38-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt was no good as McKenzie trailed early 6-0.

McKenzie answered the scoring drive with one of their own that took nearly the rest of the opening quarter. Tim Airline swept to the left side and scored a 29-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left in the quarter. Airline ran in the two-point conversion to give the Rebels an 8-6 lead.

Just seconds later, McKenzie recovered the ensuing kickoff and Airline took off on a 31-yard touchdown run on first down with Luke Toombs catching a two-point conversion pass from Cole Brown to extend the Rebel’s lead to 16-8.

McKenzie’s defense forced Gibson County into a fourth and long and broke up a long pass attempt to get the ball on downs early in the second quarter. Two plays later, Tim Airline found running room and scored on a 57-yard touchdown run. Eli Vinson completed the two-point conversion run to make it 22-6

The Rebels struck again after forcing the Pioneers to go four plays and turn the ball back over to McKenzie in Gibson County territory. McKenzie scored quick with a Cole Brown pass to Xander Johnsey for a 22-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 30-6 in favor of the Rebels.

McKenzie scored again just seconds later when Tim Airline scooped up a Gibson County fumble and took it 33 yards for another score. The two-point conversion pass was no good but McKenzie led 36-6 late in the second quarter.

Gibson County got their second score with under a minute to play until halftime on a 57-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 36-12 heading into halftime.

The second half got started with a bang when Airline returned the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown only a Rebel penalty nullified it. Three plays later Gibson County intercepted a Cole Brown pass and returned it to the Rebel 45. The Pioneers were not able to move any farther and turned the ball over on downs. Airline took a pitch 60 yards off the right side for a touchdown on first down. The two-point conversion pass was no good but the Rebels opened their lead to 42-12.

Gibson County got another drive going late in the third quarter and scored on a 24-yard run with the two-point conversion no good to make it a 42-18 contest. The Pioneers attempted an onside kick and recovered it but Eli Vinson picked off a pass on first down returning it 55 yards for a score which was nullified by a penalty. Three plays later with just 13 seconds left in the quarter, Tim Airline went 32 yards for his sixth touchdown. Vinson scored on the two-point conversion to make it 50-18.

Gibson County opened up the fourth quarter with a good kickoff return and scored a few plays later on a 25-yard touchdown pass with the two-point conversion good to make the score 50-26.

McKenzie got younger players into the game at this point and got another score on the board this time on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacobi Melton after he had two 20+ runs to set up a first down and goal at the one. The two-point conversion run was no good giving the Rebels a 56-26 lead.

The Pioneers got one last score late in the final quarter on a 46-yard touchdown pass with the two-point conversion good to make the final score 56-34.

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