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McKenzie rebukes Red Devils for homecoming win

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FIRST DOWN – McKenzie Rebel Number 7 Marquez Taylor gets a first down for the Rebels. Photo by Ray Nanney.

McKenzie High School doesn’t have a post-game homecoming dance anymore.

It didn’t need one.

The Rebels did a homecoming dance on South Fulton to the tune of a 54-6 victory on Friday, September 2. The Rebels improved to 3-1 with the win and, more importantly, captured a Region 6A triumph.

McKenzie scored early and often and did so with a variety of personnel. The usual suspects were fully involved, of course. McKenzie senior running back Marquez Taylor carried seven times for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Four other Rebels scored touchdowns as well: Landon Brown, Etijay Tharp, Zach Aird and Zay Webber.

Brown opened things up with a 50-yard TD sprint just 10 seconds into the game. Then Cassidy locked on Aird for a 55-yard TD pass two minutes later.

From there, Taylor scored the first of his three TDs. He had TD runs of 49, 6 and 60 yards. His 49-yard burst occurred with 6:53 to play in the first. With 5:36 to play, Cassidy zeroed in on Webber, who hauled in a 56-yard TD pass. Taylor scored from the 6 just before the end of the first. McKenzie led 35-0.

Taylor’s 60-yard burst and Aird’s 21-yard field goal gave McKenzie a 45-0 advantage at the break.

Tharpe had a 56-yard TD run with 7:52 to play in the third for a 52-0 lead. Brady McFarland found Connor Allen with 5:25 to play in the game and the Red Devils were on the board.. McKenzie forced a safety just before time expired. 

Cassidy was 5-8 passing for 155 and a TD. For the game, the Rebels gained 451 yards.

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