McKenzie’s gloom brightened by win vs. rival Mustangs

McKenzie’s gloom brightened by win vs. rival Mustangs
Quinton Bowden ran for a pair of touchdowns and John Johnson returned one of his two interceptions for a score to help McKenzie bounce back from last week’s loss to Union City with a 24-7 triumph over Huntingdon Friday night.
It marked the third straight victory for the Rebels over their Carroll County rivals and just the third time since 1963 that McKenzie had won on the Mustangs’ turf.
Bowden — playing his second game with a huge cast after hand surgery eight days earlier — ended up with 123 yards on 14 carries, including TD runs of one and 16 yards.
Johnson returned one of Colin Hatch’s three picks 40 yards for a clinching score in the fourth quarter.
Huntingdon had taken a 7-0 lead into halftime via a Brittain Thompson 71-yard run in the second quarter.
Last week’s Region 7-1A setback vs. the Tornadoes cost McKenzie four spots in the Associated Press prep rankings, but the Rebels still entered the contest at No. 9 in the most recent Class A poll.
In other games of local interest from Week 5:
Halls 38, Lake Co. 34
Craig Davis threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, but it was a pair of Halls’ safeties in the final five minutes that broke a 34-all tie and gave the Tigers their fourth win in six starts.
Halls led 21-14 after one, trailed by a touchdown (28-21) at the half, then got a six-yard touchdown run by Grant Dew and Davis’ one-yard scoring keeper to retake the lead in the third period.
A Sam Hayes 60-yard TD pass to Dominic Kimble tied things up for the Falcons later in the quarter.
Hayes threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns for LC, which lost its fourth straight after opening the season with a thrilling one-point win over Trenton.
Gleason 37, Middleton 6
Three different Bulldogs eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as Gleason put together back-to-back victories after an 0-3 start.
Shadow Roney ran for 160 yards, Zack Wallace had 144 and Alex Verdell added 120 as the Bulldogs rushed for more than 400 yards all totaled against the Tigers.
Camden 42, Westview 14
Andy Travis scored four touchdowns — three by rush and one on a pass from Michael Gaskin — to help the Lions post a convincing victory over Martin.
Travis hit paydirt on runs of 55, 13 and 61 yards and finished with 185 yards on 10 carries.
Demarcus Williams had 105 yards on the ground and one of the Chargers’ two touchdowns during the defeat to Kevin Ward’s Lions.
Humboldt 34, Trenton 6
Quan Campbell ran for three scores and caught a Darron Dunbar pass for a fourth touchdown to help the Vikings (2-3, 1-2) get their first Region 8-2A victory.
Campbell totaled 122 yards on the ground with scoring scampers of 63, 31 and 13 yards.
Trenton’s Rossie Jones was essentially his team’s only offense with 117 yards rushing.
In all, Peabody threw three interceptions and lost a fumble during the defeat to its Gibson County rival.
Milan 51, B.T. Washington 6
The second-ranked Bulldogs (2A) had no trouble with the Memphians as quarterback Justin Coleman threw three TD passes to Zach Ryan and four in all.
Coleman and Ryan hooked up for scoring plays covering 39, 18 and five yards, and Ryan also ran eight yards for a touchdown.
Milan running back Jobronski Gilbert tacked on a pair of short touchdown plunges during the triumph.
The win sets up a Region 8-2A showdown between the Bulldogs and fellow unbeaten USJ, which beat Briarcrest 48-12 Friday night.
Chester Co. 45, Dyer Co. 15
The Eagles shocked DC with nearly 500 yards of total offense and took advantage of four Choctaw turnovers in an unexpected rout on Friday evening.
T.J. Mitchell ran for 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Ethan Ross threw for 175 yards and a score to K.C. Durbin.
Peyton Lucas tossed two TD passes to account for DC’s points.
TCA 32, JCS 31 (2OT)
A two-point conversion pass from Jabriel Washington to Josh Lenoir in the second overtime lifted the Lions to a thrilling win and their first-ever over JCS.
Washington threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, and Lenoir had two one-yard TD dives for the victors.

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