By: Jim Steele
McKENZIE, Tenn. - Dresden rumbled like and avalanche and once it got rolling, McKenzie was powerless to stop it.
The visiting Lions ended a six-year streak of futility with a 50-6 victory over McKenzie Middle School. The Rebels last fell to Dresden in 2004 at Rotary Field. The Lions won that contest 14-8.
Dresser Winn ran for three touchdown and threw for two more. Winn was 6-8 passing for 169 yards and an interception. He ran five times for 38 yards. Most of Dresden's damage was done in the first half, where it reaked havoc in just 16 plays, using just 5:40.
McKenzie coach Paul Carroll was disappointed in his team's performance, but acknowledged Dresden had a veteran team.
"Let's be honest, that's a good football team over there," said the coach. "They have been together for a few years, they took their poundings and now, they all have experience and are a good team."
Good team indeed. Except for an interception by McKenzie's Eric Robinson on Dresden's second play from scrimmage and an unsportsmanlike call that resulted in an ejection and nullified a touchdown, the Lions were pretty much flawless.
In seven first-half possessions, Dresden scored on five of them. One possession ended when the half did. As the second half resumed, Dresden returner Quincey McDonald brought back the opening kickoff 67 yards for the 42-6 lead. Dresden had the ball two more times in the second half and scored once more. Dresden had the ball when the game ended.
"That's a good team, but 50-6 is not who we are," said Carroll. "But that's on me. I didn't do my job. They have kickoff returns and pass plays and we're not playing our responsibilities and that means I'm not doing my job. I have to do a better job getting these kids ready."
There was a bright spot. Sean Beck cut loose for a 48-yard TD run. The two-point attempt failed. Beck finished with 11 carries for 89 yards. Drew Basford had one carry for 42 yards.
"One game does not make our season," Carroll said. "Last year, we got beat pretty good in that second week and then got rolling pretty good."
The Rebels will host Huntingdon next week.