|McKenzie bows up in clutch vs. Vikes
|Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 5:30 pm
|Humboldt needed 77 yards in the final three minutes.
The Vikings got only 76.
Third-ranked McKenzie (Class 2A) mounted a goal line stand in the final seconds to stave off an upset and beat H’boldt 18-15 Friday night.
The win was the fifth straight for the Rebels, whose only loss this season was against the state’s No. 3-ranked triple-A team, Camden.
McKenzie’s latest triumph was indeed earned against a quality foe.
Neil Eubank dropped Quan Campbell on fourth down to preserve the Rebel victory after Humboldt had a first-and-goal from inside the one yard-line in the final minute of Friday’s game.
Richie Clark had chased down Viking quarterback Bryan Harris at the one after the H’boldt signal-caller had broken free on a 49-yard run. A horse-collar penalty on Clark actually advanced the ball to just over a foot from the goal line.
Humboldt was denied a deciding score, though, stuffed on Harris’ QB sneak on first down, then encountering a critical illegal shift penalty that moved the ball back to just outside the five. Clark broke up a third-down pass attempt before Campbell, who earlier had a seven-yard touchdown run and finished with 108 rushing yards, was denied.
Matt Thomas had a couple of short scoring plunges for the Rebels, and Max Arnold threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Robert Taylor.
In other games of local interest from Week 5 Friday:
Milan 32, Trenton 10
Vashon Graves ran for two TDs and returned an interception 65 yards for a third score to pace the sixth-ranked Bulldogs (3A) to a win over their long-standing Gibson County rival.
Milan (4-1), piled up 372 yards and kept Peabody out of the endzone until the final two minutes.
Trezevant 34, Westview 19
Cameron Mayfield showed off both his arm and legs, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two as the Bears spoiled ninth-ranked (3A) Westview’s homecoming.
Trezevant, ranked sixth in the Associated Press Class 4A poll last week, won for the fourth time in five games behind Mayfield, who completed three passes for 132 yards and ran for another 90 on 12 rushes.
Abraham Haddad rushed for 164 yards and Tanner Spencer tossed two TD passes for the Chargers, now 3-3.
Camden 34, Huntingdon 14
Kendrick Hudson ran for three touchdowns and 145 yards on just seven carries to keep the Lions — ranked third in Class 3A — unbeaten in six games.
Hudson hit paydirt on dashes of 29, 18 and 75 yards.
Quarterback Derek Easley had a big 50-yard scoring scamper on the final play of the half to give Camden a 21-7 intermission edge. Easley added a 46-yard TD run in the third period.
Bam Melton scored both Huntingdon touchdowns, one on a five-yard pass from Tyler Warbritton, the other on a five-yard run.
Lake Co. 20, Gibson Co. 14
The fifth-ranked (1A) Falcons overcame a bushel of their own mistakes, scoring in the final minute to send GC to its 18th-straight loss over a span of two seasons.
Sam Hays hit Rafael Tyler with a 20-yard touchdown pass to break a 14-all deadlock with around a minute left.
Hays had just five completions in all, but two went to Tyler for scores.
LC (4-1) lost five fumbles and had six turnovers in all.
North Side 21, Liberty 20
Sophomore quarterback Adam Craig threw a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes to lift the Indians to a thrilling comeback triumph over Liberty in a battle of unbeaten, state-ranked teams that drew nearly 5,000 fans.
North Side (No. 4 in Class 5A) mounted a last-minute goal line stand to preserve the win, stopping the Crusaders on a pair of passes on third and fourth down after Liberty had advanced to the Indian four-yard-line.
Liberty (No. 2 in Class 4A), outgained North Side 367-212, but gave up a 70-yard kickoff return just before the half that allowed the Indians to close what was the first of two two-touchdown deficits.
Bruceton 31, Greenfield 7
The Tigers stunned G’field for just their second win in the past 25 games, getting 141 rushing yards from Chandler Jordan.
Hayden Howell threw for two TDs and ran for a third score, and the Bruceton defense intercepted G’field’s Dalton Potts three times.