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Late score not enough for Tiger victory

Alex Hamby knows how to get things started.

Hamby returned the opening kickoff of last night’s game between the Pleasant Home Eagles and the McKenzie Tigers 84 yards for a touchdown.

The quick score gave the Eagles an early 6-0 lead and this time they held on for the win. McKenzie knotted the score at 6-6 when quarterback Sattrick Rudolph scored on a 22-yard run.

Pleasant Home answered with its quarterback. Brad Sanders broke off a 21-yard run for a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the first quarter for a 12-6 lead. Pleasant Home got two more points in the second quarter when the McKenzie punter inadvertently stepped out of the back of the end zone on a punt.

Pleasant Home was on top 14-6 at the half and this time they did not wear out in the second stanza.

Clark Sanders added to Pleasant Home’s lead with a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. His score gave the Eagles a 20-6 lead.

Rudolph tried to lead the Tigers for a comeback win.

He found Matthew Bush on a four-yard pass play for a touchdown with 2:58 remaining in the game.

It was not enough as the Eagles held on for a 20-12 win.

The McKenzie Tigers are now 1-1 on the season and will host the Goshen Eagles next Friday.

Pleasant Home travels to Kinston night for another important region game.