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Rebs earn rematch via goal-line stand

Rebs earn rematch via goal-line stand
A penalty and a last-minute goal-line stand helped ninth-ranked McKenzie hold off Manassas 7-6 Friday night, earning the Rebels a rematch with No. 8 Union City in a highly-anticipated second round Class 1A playoff game this week.
Rebel linebackers Jacob Fussell and Jake Johnson stuffed Tiger standout James King on fourth down at the five with 1:48 to play to help McKenzie escape Memphis with its postseason heart still beating and give Region 7 a four-game sweep over Region 8 in opening round postseason matchups.
Manassas had reached the one yard line before a procedure penalty pushed the ball back to the six. King then, the Metro area’s No. 3 rusher with more than 1,400 yards coming into the game, could find little room on the Tigers’ fourth-down attempt against the Rebels.
The heartbreaking loss mirrored that of Manassas’ only other setback this year, a one-point decision vs. Trinity Christian Academy.
McKenzie will now make a second trip to UC’s War Memorial Stadium this season, hoping to avenge a 21-16 loss to the Tornadoes back in Week 4.
Lake County (7-4) will host Gleason (6-5) in the other rematch of Region 7A entries with LC looking for payback for a 30-18 setback to the Bulldogs.
McKenzie (9-2) was outgained 140-47 in the second half but kept the Tigers out of the endzone.
Manassas’ last drive covered 85 yards and ate up 16 plays and 7:38 on the clock but came up empty.
Harris Laughery’s made-PAT after Quinton Bowden’s seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the ultimate difference in the contest for the Rebels.
Terrance Oliver’s 46-yard TD pass to Chris Madison before the game was four minutes old had given Manassas a 6-0 lead.
Without a legitimate kicker, the Tigers went for two on the conversion and Oliver was stopped short on a running play attempt.
Oliver finished with 88 yards rushing and 101 passing to help Manassas to a 288-190 advantage in total yardage.
In other first round playoff games of local interest from Friday:
Lake Co. 32, Fayette Acad. 28
Ricky Boyd’s four-yard touchdown run in the waning seconds lifted the Falcons to a thrilling victory and a second shot at Gleason.
Boyd had earlier scored TDs on a pass of 21 yards from Carlos Young and a 10 yard run.
It was Young, though, who was largely responsible for LC winning its sixth straight game.
The nimble-footed multi-dimensional Falcon standout threw for 265 yards and two TDs and ran for another 82 yards.
Dominic Kimble caught a 64-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for Lake County and ended up with 169 yards worth of receiving yard on six catches.
The Falcons intercepted FA quarterback Davis Cocke three times and came up with four turnovers in all.
Gleason 36, TCA 30
The Bulldogs won the first playoff game in school history, surprising Region 8A champ Trinity Christian Academy.
Gleason rebounded impressively from its Week 10 drubbing by Union City as Shadow Roney ran for 149 yards, Zach Wallace had 146 and Alex Verdell rushed for 121 yards.
Wallace and Verdell scored twice, and Roney, who missed the UC game with a shoulder injury, had a 65-yard touchdown dash.
TCA’s Jabriel Washington threw three scoring passes to Hagen Nelson and for 297 yards all totaled.
Washington also rushed for 95 yards.
Huntingdon 63, USJ 38
Kennon Holder ran for a state-record 503 yards and six touchdowns as the Mustangs stunned fifth-ranked USJ in Class 2A.
Holder, who also accounted for a pair of two-point conversions, broke the old state record of 477 yards in a game set by Jack Keisling of Livingston Academy 60 years ago.
Holder had 37 carries and hit paydirt on scampers of 57, 33, 50, 26, 57 and 59 yards.
The junior running back had rushed for 991 yards coming into the game.
The Mustang defense intercepted standout USJ signal caller Jake Overbey four times, the same number of picks Overbey had thrown in 10 regular season games.
Overbey did end up with over 3,000 passing yards for the season.
Westview 38, Oakhaven 20
J.C. Griggs ran for 264 yards and three TDs and Demarcus Williams tacked on 142 yards and two scores to help the Chargers rally from a 14-0 deficit and earn a second round rematch with Milan in 2A.
Second-ranked Milan thrashed the Chargers 45-14 in Week 10 and advanced to Round 2 with a 48-12 romp over Booker T. Washington.
Henry Co. 48, Kingsbury 7
Marsalis Teague had a hand in three touchdowns — two rushing and one via a pass — to lead the second-ranked and unbeaten Patriots to a convincing blowout of Kingsbury.
Teague threw for 187 yards and ran for another 98.
Dominique Allen, who backed out of his commitment to Tennessee earlier in the week, ran for three TDs and 95 yards on 10 carries.

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