By: Jim Steele
The McKenzie Middle School Rebels captured a thrilling 32-26 overtime win at Camden, then learned Thursday that they earned a piece of the Carroll County football title.
As a result, they will play in the Fifth Annual mckenzierebels.com Bowl at Bethel Univeristy Thursday night against the Ridgemont Mustangs of Obion County.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bethel University's Wildcat Stadium and admission is $5. A portion of the proceeds will go toward United Neighbors, a Carroll County charitable organiztion. The gates will open at 6 p.m.
Ridgemont, 3-3 with a game remaining Tuesday night, is coached by Lance Gray and runs out of the spread formation and features a quick defense. McKenzie, 4-3, runs a more conventional offense and is coached by Brad Chappell, who has led McKenzie to six straight Carroll County titles. This year, MMS shares part of the championship with Huntingdon and West Carroll.
The McKenzie Touchdown Club will feed both teams after the game. Cheerleaders from both squads will perform as well. An offensive and defensive MVP will be awarded to both teams.
Last year, McKenzie defeated Gibson County 34-24 in a shootout on the turf. McKenzie's Junior Chavez set a bowl game record when carried 16 times for 160 yards.
Past participants have included Dyer, Medina and Union City. McKenzie is 2-2 in this event.