McKenzie outlasts Red Level
It was an all-around memorable night for several McKenzie Tigers after the 32-30 win against Red Level on Friday.
Eighth grader William Brown made his first game day appearance as quarterback and head coach Miles Brown became the second winningest coach in McKenzie’s history.
With seconds left in the game and leading by two points, McKenzie’s defense sacked Red Level’s quarterback on the Tigers’ 15-yard line to seal the win.
“It was a hard fought ball game where defense prevailed,” Brown said.
Seven turnovers nearly cost McKenzie the lead as Red Level took advantage of miscues toward the end of the game.
“Red Level scored on a turnover to make it 32-22 and then they made it 32-30,” Miles Brown said.
McKenzie led by 10 early in the game, however trouble came for the Tigers when quarterback Terrance Clemmons left the game with a thumb injury and William Brown had to take his place.
“I think he’ll be alright,” Miles Brown said. “It was just an injury to his thumb on his throwing hand. He couldn’t throw the football.”
It was a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nicarius Peterson that gave Willliam Brown the confidence he needed to held McKenzie hold onto its lead.
Wide receiver Sawyer Kendrick capped off the night with a touchdown.
“Kendrick did a good job running the football,” Miles Brown said.
“He stepped up there and ran the ball hard for us and did a good job when it came down to it and here we had an eighth grader in and he didn’t get sacked the entire night.”
Christen Estes had two solo tackles, seven assists and a sack. Matt Lewis and Peterson both had solo tackles and two assists. Dillan Stanley had three solo tackles, seven assists and an interception. Dillion Wright had three solo tackles and three assists.