Legens helps Jr. Dawgs leg out a win

Legens helps Jr. Dawgs leg out a win
Legens helps Jr. Dawgs leg out a win | Gleason, Ian Legens, Junior Rebels, Junior Bulldogs, McKenzie

Legging it out — Gleason’s Ian Legens eludes a Junior Rebel tackler during the Junior Bulldogs’ win over McKenzie last Thursday evening. Legens scored four touchdowns and had an interception for Gleason in the win. Photo by Sara Rachels
Gleason’s Ian Legens has a very appropriate last name.
This past Thursday night against the McKenzie Middle School Rebels, he proved it again.
The eighth-grade speedster used his legs to rush for 241 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he used his arm to throw a 10-yard pass and recorded an interception to lead the Bulldogs to a 40-22 road victory over host McKenzie.
The Junior Rebels opened the contest with a six-play drive and netted 54 yards on the ground, capping it off with a four-yard touchdown run.
On the Gleason side, Legens took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage and ran 58 yards for the Bulldogs’ first score. Chris Copeland ran in the conversion and the score was tied, 8-8, with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
McKenzie’s next series took it into the second quarter and all the way down to the Bulldog seven. Gleason held strong, though, and after Spencer Stewart popped the quarterback for a five-yard loss, Legens showed up to snatch a pass away from the Rebels and the Bulldogs took over on their own 14-yard line.
Copeland swept around the end for 13 yards, Tracy Perry gained four and Legens outran everybody for 69 yards and another Dawg TD. Copeland punched in the two points and the visitors grabbed a 16-8 lead with 3:57 left in the half.
The Rebels momentarily took the wind out of Gleason’s sails with a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but Stewart snuffed out the conversion and the Bulldogs maintained the lead, 16-14, with 3:44 left in the first half.
Gleason took over on its own 43 and was handed five yards on an offsides penalty. Perry picked up eight yards on two carries and Copeland ran for nine and a first down. Quarterback Hunter Corum lost six on a sack, but Legens gained 41 on another trip to the end zone. He added the conversion and Gleason led 24-14 going into the break.
The Rebels scored again in the second half, but it was nowhere near enough to bring down the Dawgs. On touchdown runs of five yards from Perry and 50 yards from Legens, the Dawgs put the game out of reach and left Rebel territory with an impressive 40-22 win.
The Junior Bulldogs will pack their bags again tonight (Thursday) for their third consecutive road contest. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Huntingdon.

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