By: Jim Steele
Same song, third verse for the McKenzie Rebels.
The Rebels took a 6-0 lead wth 6:50 to play in the first and held that lead for nearly nine minutes. Zach Jarrett hit Lane Horton for the initial score.
Half way through the second frame, the Adamsville big-play avalanche began. The Cardinals scored 42 unanswered points for a 42-6 Region 6-2A victory.
The malady that afflicted the Rebels vs. Trinity and Waverly came back strong Friday night. Adamsville scored on runs of 51, 71, 60 and 31 yards. A 52-yard run set up another score and the Cardinals took advantage of a 68-yard interception return as the half ended.
For a quarter-and-a-half, the Rebels held a lead and handled Adamsville pretty well, defensively. Once Adamsville got on the board, it was able to churn up 376 yards on the ground. Cardinal senior Rhomerius Knight carried 10 times for 200 yards and scored three times on runs of 51, 71 and 60 times.
Adamsville took a 21-6 lead with :29 left in the half when quarterback Collin Misenhimer connected with Woodson Hancock on 13-yard pass after a 52-yard run on a reverse set up the score. With seconds remaining in the half, McKenzie opted to pass and, perhaps, close the gap. The worst possible thing happened to the Rebels: Adamsville picked off a pass and returned it 68 yards for the score as time expired and the Cardinals got the ball to start the second half.
Adamsville needed fewer than two minutes to light up the scoreboard in the third quarter. Knight's 60-yard dash lifted Adamsville to a 35-6 advantage and a few moments later, Misenhimer bolted 30 yards for the 42-6 margin an a running clock.
Rebel running back Joseph Miller returned to the lineup after suffering and injury against Waverly and finished with 24 carries for 144 yards.
Adamsville improves to 4-3, 2-1 in 6AA and will visit Union City this Friday. McKenzie, meanwhile, drops to 3-4 and 1-2 in the region. The Rebels will host Trenton-Peabody for Senior Night this Friday.