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Charger mistakes hamper Westview’s chances in loss

Charger mistakes hamper Westview’s chances in loss
Charger mistakes hamper Westview's chances in loss | Westview Chargers, McKenzie Rebels, McKenzie, Tanner Spencer, Matt Melton, Matt Granner, Keon Williams, Jake Johnson, John Johnson, Austin McKinney, Martin, Tennessee

Getting the edge — Westview’s Matt Melton (right) gets a block from Matt Granner (center) against Rebel Evan Rogers and reaches the edge during the Chargers’ 26-15 loss to McKenzie on Friday night.
The first break of the night went Westview’s way, but the Chargers didn’t take advantage and, despite scoring first, seemed to be playing catch-up the rest of the way in a 26-15 loss to the host McKenzie Rebels Friday night in McKenzie.
“I think that was our last break right there,” Westview head coach Don Coady said. “We are not playing well on either side of the ball right now. When you have as many turnovers and penalties as we had, you are going to get beat regardless.”
After receiving the opening kickoff, McKenzie (1-1) fumbled its first handoff and Westview’s Denzel Cook recovered to give the Chargers the ball at the MHS 25-yard line.
Westview (0-2) picked up a first down, but on fourth-and-two from the 5, quarterback Tanner Spencer was stuffed for no gain, negating the Chargers’ perfect opportunity to take the lead and the momentum.
Instead, the Rebs responded with a drive that didn’t result in points but did switch field position before giving up the ball on downs at the Westview 35.
Behind the running of DeMarc-us Williams, Westview drove 65 yards, scoring on a 3-yard keeper by Spencer. Landon Prather split the uprights for a 7-0 lead with 7:37 to play in the half.
The Westview defense then forced a three-and-out series, but Collins Alexander mishandled the punt and Keon Williams recovered for McKenzie at the WHS 25-yard line.
The Rebels needed only two plays — runs of 5 and 20 yards by Jake Johnson — to score. Max Arnold ran in the two-pointer to put McKenzie on top 8-7 with 5:03 left in the half.
The Chargers were unable to move the chains on their next drive and punted the ball back to McKenzie.
Taking over at their own 25, MHS used a 16-yard run by Williams, a 24-yard run by Jake Johnson and a 31-yard completion from quarterback Austin McKinney to John Johnson in the end zone to extend its lead. Alex Rider kicked the PAT to push the Rebel lead to 15-7 with 55 ticks left in the first half.
In the third quarter, the teams traded punts twice. A 44-yard Spencer punt pinned MHS deep in its own territory before it punted the ball back to Westview.
Westview then put together a drive. Starting at the Reb 40 late in the third, the Chargers moved into the red zone thanks to a 21-yard reception by Mark Tucker. On fourth-and-two from the 5, Prather connected on a 21-yard field goal to cut the Rebel lead to 15-10 with 11 minutes left.
It appeared things might be turning Westview’s way when the next MHS drive ended as Charger Brian West fell on a fumbled Rebel snap.
Westview picked up one first down but a sack by Rebel Evan Rogers and a dropped pass forced a punt. Spencer again pinned the Rebels deep at their own 9.
McKenzie used runs up the middle by Keon Williams and three WHS penalties to move to the Charger 5 before stalling. Rider kicked a 21-yard field goal to boost the McKenzie lead to 18-10 with 2:19 left to play.
With time against them, the Chargers went to the air. Spencer hit Tucker for a 6-yard gain and then found Matt Melton in the flat. Melton made the catch, but was stripped of the ball. John Johnson scooped it up, spun out of a tackle and raced 38 yards to the end zone to give McKenzie a two-TD lead at 25-10 after Rider’s PAT with 1:58 to play.
Westview didn’t quit, marching 61 yards and scoring on a Spencer 3-yard bootleg with 32 seconds left. The two-point run was stopped and the following onsides kick was recovered by McKenzie to close out the Rebels’ 25-16 win.
“We played poorly. Top to bottom, we didn’t play well enough to beat anybody,” Coady said.

Westview-McKenzie, Stats
Westview 0 7 0 9—16
McKenzie 0 15 0 10—25

Second Quarter
WHS — Tanner Spencer 3-yard run, (Landon Prather kick), 7:39.
MHS — Jake Johnson 20-yard run, (Max Arnold run), 5:03.
MHS — John Johnson 31-yard pass from Austin McKinney, (Alex Rider kick), 0:55.
Fourth Quarter
WHS — Prather 21-yard field goal, 11:00.
MHS — Rider 21-yard field goal, 2:19.
MHS — John Johnson 38-yard fumble recovery, (Rider kick), 1:58.
WHS — Spencer 3-yard run, (run failed), 0:32.
First Downs 18 14
Rushes-yards 48-169 41-228
Passing yards 74 40
Comp-Att-Int 7-14-0 2-6-0
Punts 4-38.8 3-39
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-2
Penalties-yards 8-69 6-43
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Westview, DeMarcus Williams 17-81, Chevy Taylor 12-47, Tanner Spencer 12-16, Matt Melton 2-14, Logan Callins 2-5, Brian West 1-3, Tevin Evans 1-2, Hunter Moore 1-1; McKenzie, Jake Johnson 10-98, Keon Williams 16-73, Austin McKinney 8-38, Quinton Bowden 5-12, Richie Clark 1-7, Austin Taylor 1-0.
Passing — Westview, Spencer 7-14-0 — 74; McKenzie, McKinney 2-6-0 — 40, Max Arnold 0-1-0 — 0.
Receiving — Westview, Mark Tucker 4-48, Seth Waterfield 2-23, Melton 1-3; McKenzie, John Johnson 2-40.
Records — Westview 0-2 (0-0 District 13-AA), McKenzie 1-1 (0-0 District 13-A).
Next Game — Westview will visit Milan with kickoff at 7 on Friday night, while McKenzie makes the trip to Dresden to take on the Lions at 7:30 on Friday night.

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