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McKenzie routs rival Georgiana

McKenzie School’s Condie Pugh (6) and Dillan Stanley (64) bring down Georgiana School’s Devin Bonner during the first quarter of Friday’s night’s contest. McKenzie topped Georgiana 54-28. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

A 28-point second half powered McKenzie School to a 54-28 win over in-county rival Georgiana School Friday night in McKenzie.

With the win, the Tigers extended their win streak to five games over the Panthers.

“That was a great team effort,” McKenzie head coach Miles Brown said. “Every single player on this team pulled together to make this happen. This is a great win for our team.”

Five different Tigers scored a touchdown in the win.

Wide receiver Nicarius Peterson led the McKenzie ground attack with more than 100 yards and three scores. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior scored on three end arounds, including a 99-yard dash with 8:10 to play in the second quarter.

The touchdown, which gave McKenzie a 20-6 lead, was set up by a goal line stand by the McKenzie defense.

“We just kept grinding and grinding,” McKenzie defensive coordinator Ezell Powell said.

Peterson also scored on runs of 6 yards and 25 yards.

McKenzie’s second touchdown of the game was also set up by the McKenzie defense when senior Christian Estes pounced on a loose ball at the Tigers’ 27 yard line.

Two plays later freshman wide receiver Condie Pugh spun out of the grasp of a pair of Georgiana defenders and raced 42 yards for a touchdown.

Sophomore running back Ty Adams scored on runs of 4 and 50 yards, while sophomore quarterback Terrance Clemmons and sophomore wide receiver Sawyer Kendrick scored on runs of 13 yards and 7 yards, respectively, to help the Tigers pull away from the Panthers.

Senior Justin Oikle scored twice for the Panthers.

The first came early in the first quarter when the Tigers mishandled a punt and Oikle fell on the ball in the endzone. He was later on the receiving end of a 17-yard touchdown pass from freshman Jacquez Payton.

Georgiana senior running back Carlo Mitchell scored on a 6 yard run and Payton capped the Panthers scoring with a 16-yard run as time expired.

McKenzie (1-1, 1-0 Class 1A, Region 2) will travel to Red Level Friday.

Georgiana (0-2, 0-1 Class 1A, Region 2) will play host to Geneva County.

Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.