(Max)ed McKenzie edges W’view

(Max)ed McKenzie edges W’view
Max Arnold threw a pair of touchdown passes and what was the ultimate game-deciding two-point conversion to lift McKenzie to a 15-13 victory over Westview Friday night.
Arnold, a converted receiver who started his first game for the Rebels last week at quarterback, bounced back from a three-interception effort in that QB debut vs. Camden to lead McKenzie to its third victory over the Chargers in their last four meetings.
Arnold threw to Robert Taylor (23 yards) and Richie Clark (9 yards) for touchdowns, but it was heads-up play following the Rebels’ second score when he spotted Kirby Esch out of the swinging gate formation and threw to Esch for the two-point conversion that gave McKenzie a 15-0 halftime lead.
The conversion ended up being the difference.
Arnold ended up completing 8-of-12 passes for 120 and no interceptions.
Westview QB Tanner Spencer was knocked out of the game in the first half with a shoulder injury, but returned to throw for one TD and run for another over the final two periods.
The Chargers outgained McKenzie 252-219, but the Rebels had a pair of touchdowns called back in the fourth quarter due to penalty.
In other Week 1 games of area interest from Friday:
Milan 28, Huntingdon 0
The Bulldogs handed Huntingdon its second straight shutout to start the season and got 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns — both in the second quarter — from Rodney Nance.
Huntingdon was held to just 125 total yards and has less than 200 on the season in two games.
Caleb Powell and Taran Coleman hooked up on a 99-yard scoring play and one of Nance’s touchdown was an 80-yard sprint.
Dresden 13, Trenton 7
Dale Hutcherson ran for a TD and threw for another and Peabody came up empty twice in the fourth quarter inside the Dresden 10.
Juwan Anderson ran for 92 yards and quarterback Jerry Rogers kept for a two-yard touchdown to account for Trenton’s points.
Henry Co. 31, Humboldt 6
Najee Ray rushed for 105 yards and a pair of TDs and the Patriots held speedy H’boldt in check to the tune of just 144 yards to help head coach James Counce win his first home game in his second tenure as HC’s head coach.
Crockett Co. 38, Bolivar 14
The Cavaliers had two 100-yard rushers — Kyle Nance (134) and Jonathan Jurnett (112) — with Austin Taylor (98 yards, three touchdowns) barely missing that fraternity.
Dyer Co. 42, South Side 15
Dylan Dye threw for 386 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score as DC scored 42 points for a second consecutive week.
Thaddaeus Medford ran for two first-quarter TDs and the Choctaws led 35-0 heading into the fourth period.
USJ 27, TCA 20
The Lions had a touchdown that would’ve set up a tying conversion wiped off via penalty with four seconds to play, and USJ then escaped with a victory in a matchup of Jackson private schools.
Jake Overbey threw for 162 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to pace the victors.
TCA’s Jabriel Washington, whose verbally committed to Alabama, threw for 152 yards and ran for another 87 in a losing cause.
Washington, who scored all three Lion TDs, also returned a kickoff 82 yards to paydirt.

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