McKenzie bounces back from loss, beats Kinston

Published 12:50 am Saturday, October 17, 2009

The McKenzie Tigers picked up another region win last night with a 50-8 pounding of Kinston.

“It was a good night all around,” said head coach Miles Brown.

Even though the Bulldogs held McKenzie to only 38 offensive plays, the Tigers still lit up the scoreboard.

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Melvin Owens scored first with a two-yard sweep, followed by a two-point conversion from Emmanuel Johnson to make it 8-0 early.

From there, sophomore Sir Wallace Presley, who saw some snaps at quarterback due to the injury to Calvin Henderson, took over.

Presley connected with Johnson for a 52-yard touchdown pass, then added touchdown runs of 19 and five yards.

Johnson picked off a pass with 1:40 to go before halftime and raced 93 yards to push the score to 36-0.

Johnson also saw some playing time at quarterback and hit Ethan Faust for a 56-yard touchdown, and Melvin Owens added the two-point conversion.

Armond Ball put the final touchdown of the night on the board with a five-yard run to make the final margin 50-8.

Defensively, both Brandon Sellers and Ethan Davis had 16 tackles, and Bradley Bush was close behind with 15.

Jody Halford had seven tackles and a fumble recovery, while Johnson also had seven tackles and an interception.

“This was a good region win, and it puts us in the driver’s seat to host a game in the first round of the playoffs,” Brown said.