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Tigers shutout Panthers

The McKenzie Tigers got a shutout win over J.F Shield in Thursday’s non-conference away game, 41-0.

McKenzie running back Tray Rudolph made the first score of the game after a successful 19-yard run followed by a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After a successful two-point conversion, the McKenzie Tigers led the Panthers 8-0.

Later in the first quarter, Rudolph made a four-yard touchdown to extend the Tigers lead 15-0.

Soon after, quarterback Jaylen McMillian threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Zanderion Cook to make it a 21-0 ball game at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, a fumble recovery return led to another touchdown for the Tigers.

Later on, Nathan Creel made a 47-yard touchdown run to make it a 35-0 ball game.

By half time, the McKenzie led J.F. shields 35-0

Due to technical issues with the scoreboard, the teams played the second half of the game in eight-minute quarters.

By the end of the third quarter, Tray Rudolph made a three-yard touchdown run to make it a 41-0 ball game.

McKenzie Head Coach Drew Luker decided to allow his junior varsity players to get some game time at the start of the fourth quarter.

Although the junior varsity team could not score, the game ended with a win for McKenzie.

Rudolph was appointed McKenzie’s player of the game. Rudolph ended the game with three touchdowns, 68 rushing yards, and eight carries.

The McKenzie Tigers ended the game with 186 total yards with 167 rushing yards and 19 passing yards.

“I was pleased with the performance of both varsity and junior varsity players,” Coach Luker said. “Their mentality and focus were in the right place, and I felt like the kids were ready to play and dominate the field.”

McKenzie will face off against Pleasant Home this Friday.