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Top-rated Mustangs end McKenzie’s rule

Top-rated Mustangs end McKenzie’s rule
The Mustang Stampede continues.
Huntingdon celebrated its No. 1 ranking in Class 1A by breaking a five-game losing skid against Carroll County rival McKenzie in a convincing 35-0 romp Friday night at Paul Ward Stadium.
The unbeaten Ponies, who knocked off then-top ranked Milan (3A) in a dominating performance last week, were impressive again against the Rebels in breaking a slide that dated back to 2006.
Quarterback Tyler War-britton ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries, and returned an interception for a fourth score to pace Huntingdon.
Warbritton’s younger brother, Jacob, made it a family affair for the Mustangs with a pair of interceptions to lead a dominating defensive effort.
Any celebration of the victory was tempered considerably with the news that McKenzie cheerleading co-captain Taylor Buckley died on Thursday as a result from injuries she received in an auto accident. Buckley was reportedly good friends with students at both schools, and a moment of silence was observed before the game.
In other games of local interest from Friday:
Dresden 34, Gleason 6
Gatlin Hatchel accounted for more than 250 yards of total offense as the sixth-ranked Lions (2A) won for the eighth time in nine games and tuned up for a District 13A showdown with No. 1-ranked Huntingdon in two weeks.
Hatchell ran for 153 yards and a TD and threw for another 106 and two more scores on 10-of-12 through the air.
Devan Raymer had two short TD runs for Dresden.
Westview 35, Crockett Co. 7
Quan Williams rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns to help the Chargers rebound from back-to-back losses and move to .500 (4-4) overall.
Westview accumulated a season-high 408 yards offensively with fullback Wyatt Zacecor running for 86 yards and a TD and the team’s passing game accounting for another 139.
Aside from a fourth-quarter 80-yard scoring run by Johnny Jones, CC could do little on offense, gaining just 85 yards otherwise.
Liberty 19, Chester Co. 17
Stevie Bush’s seven-yard QB keeper with less than a minute to play lifted the Crusaders past No. 6 CC and sent the Eagles to their second loss in as many weeks after a 6-0 start.
Cordarius Owens ran for Liberty’s other two TDs.
Cameron Phelps rushed for 138 yards and two scores for Chester County, most of that in the first half.
So. Gibson 41, Haywood 16
Carlos Walden and Kyle Cobb both scored twice as the Hornets got their sixth win and took a major step toward qualifying for the postseason in their first full varsity campaign.
Walden hit paydirt on two of his three carries with scampers of 55 and 36 yards, while Cobb scored on runs covering 10 and 33 yards to help SG to a 41-0 halftime lead.
W. Carroll 35, Bruceton 0
Carson Suite and Jacob Wynn both eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark as the War Eagles won their sixth game, likely securing a Class 1A playoff berth.
Suite totaled 154 yards with a 50-yard TD included on 14 carries, while Wynn gained 130 yards on eight attempts with scores covering two and 81 yards yards.
Russellville 46, Fulton 0
The Bulldogs (1-7) were blanked for the second straight week, mustering little offense while falling in First District play.
Fulton had less than 50 yards of total offense for the second week in a row.
The Bulldogs also were guilty of four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions).
Published in The Messenger 10.17.11

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