By Sara Reid
Convoy — Gleason senior Trae Vaughn (left) leads classmate Edward Torres up field during the Bulldogs’ 36-0 loss to the McKenzie Rebels Friday night. Photo by Sara Reid
Special to The Press
The combination of facing a high-powered offense and being limited to minimal total yardage factored in the Gleason Bulldogs’ 36-0 loss to region opponent McKenzie in football action Friday night.
In the victory, the Region 7-A leading Rebels netted just 258 total yards, but held the Bulldogs to 74 total yards one week after their offensive explosion in Middleton. The Rebels (5-1, 3-0) blocked two Gleason punts, one of which was recovered in the end zone for a score.
Gleason (3-3, 0-3) began the game on offense, but after a Shadow Roney run picked up 17 yards on second down, the Dawgs lost a total of 18 yards on the next three plays and were forced to punt. Taking the ball back on offense, the Rebels needed only one play — a 59-yard pass from Derek Carr to Shabree Payne — to light up the scoreboard. Harris Laughrey’s PAT sailed through the uprights and with 8:51 left in the first quarter, McKenzie went ahead 7-0.
The Bulldogs converted on a 3rd-and-long on a 10-yard run by Cody Ezell, but turned the ball over on downs when quarterback Zach Wallace was sacked on 4th-and-long.
The Rebels got the ball back and looked to be end zone bound again, but on first down from the 18-yard line, the Dawg defense surged on a Carr keeper and the ball was popped loose from the senior quarterback just before he reached the end zone. Roney recovered the fumble, but Gleason soon had to punt it back to the Rebels to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter, McKenzie went to Tyler Moore on the ground and he picked up a 12-yard gain down to the seven-yard line. Carr tucked the ball tight and ran in the final seven yards for the score. Laughrey’s extra point was good and with 10:38 left before the half, the Rebels took a two-touchdown lead, 14-0.
Back on offense, Gleason picked up a first down from the running combination of Alex Verdell and Wallace, but was soon forced to punt.
At the 45-yard line, Nicky Spain’s punt was blocked by Tyler Reeder and the Rebels took over on the Dawgs’ 16-yard line. Needing just one play once again, Carr connected on a 16-yard pass to Kyle Kirk for the touchdown. Laughrey’s extra point split the uprights and, with 7:28 left in the half, the home team led 21-0.
In the third quarter, Gleason held strong on defense and forced McKenzie to turn the ball over on downs. Taking over on their own 25-yard line, however, the Dawgs were stopped on offense and were forced to punt. Again, the Rebel defense charged, and Spain’s punt was blocked by Austin Winstead. Jacob Fussell fell on the ball in the end zone and gave the home team six more points. Laughrey’s extra point put the Rebels up 28-0 with 6:44 left in the third quarter.
McKenzie scored for the final time of the night on a 36-yard drive highlighted by a one-yard Moore run with 2:08 left in the third quarter. The PAT was faked and the holder, Carr, flipped the ball to Laughrey who ran in the two-point conversion to give McKenzie the lead, 36-0.
In Region 7-A contests coming up this week, Gleason will next travel to Atwood to play West Carroll and McKenzie will take on the Yellowjackets in Greenfield. Gleason and West Carroll will kick off at 7:30 on Friday night and McKenzie and Greenfield will kick off at 7:30 on Thursday night.
Gleason 0 0 0 0—0
McKenzie 7 14 15 0—36
MHS — Shabree Payne 59-yard pass from Derek Carr (Harris Laughrey kick), 8:51.
MHS — Carr 7-yard run (Laughrey kick), 10:38.
MHS — Kyle Kirk 16-yard pass from Carr (Laughrey kick), 7:28.
MHS — Jacob Fussell recovered blocked punt (Laughrey kick), 6:44.
Tyler Moore 1-yard run (Laughrey conversion), 2:08.
First Downs 6 12
Rushes-yards 37-44 25-155
Passing yards 30 103
Comp-Att-Int 2-7-0 5-10-0
Punts 3-30 1-35
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 3-15 2-20
Rushing — Gleason, Alex Verdell 7-49, Cody Ezell 4-8, Edward Torres 3-7, Hunter Morse 1-6, James Owen 1-5, Shadow Roney 4-4, Dalton Teeter 1-1, Zach Wallace 16-(-36); McKenzie, Tyler Moore 12-95, Jake Johnson 6-25, Jacob Fussell 1-19, Derek Carr 2-7, Quinton Bowden 2-7, Austin McKinney 1-2, John Campbell 1-0.
Passing — Gleason, Wallace 2-6-0 — 30, Nicky Spain 0-1-0 — 0; McKenzie, Carr 5-8-0 — 103, Kirby Esch 0-2-0 — 0.Receiving — Lake County, Gleason,
Records — Gleason 3-3 (0-3 Region 7-A); McKenzie 5-1 (3-0 Region 7-A).
Next Game — Gleason will visit Atwood to take on West Carroll on Friday night. McKenzie will visit Greenfield on Thursday night. Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Weakley County Press Oct. 9, 2007