Mobley#039;s three TDs not enough to overcome Kinston

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 8, 2005

McKenzie had only been able to muster 14 points in its first six games of the season. The Tigers had been shut out in four of six games.

That was until Jarrell Mobley rushed for three touchdowns Friday night by himself to score more points than the Tigers (0-7) had amassed so far in the season.

But the rushing effort by Mobley turned out to be all for naught at Williams-Vickery Field. Kinston running back Lee McCrummen matched Mobley's touchdown rushing effort to help lead the Bulldogs to a 41-20 victory to spoil the Tigers' homecoming.

&#8221We're still growing as a team,“ McKenzie interim coach Timothy Moorer said. &#8221There is still more work to do. It was good to get some people back. And you see it paid off.“

Mobley had been out for the last two weeks with a neck injury sustained during the Zion Chapel game. In that game, a Zion Chapel defender clotheslined Mobley to cause the injury.

Mobley returned to the starting lineup Friday to give the Tigers an added boost offensively.

Mobley's first touchdown jog came with 3:42 left in the first half to cut into Kinston's 21-0 lead. He capped an eight-play, 51-yard drive with a 4-yard burst up the gut of the Bulldog defense.

Mobley found the end zone again with 5:49 left in the game on a 5-yard run and then on a 3-yard run with 2:14 left to go.

McCrummen put Kinston (3-4) on the board midway through the first quarter with a 1-yard dive into the end zone. He then added to the Bulldogs' lead with a 34-yard run with just over a minute left in the quarter before Anthony Weeks caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Jacobs for a quick 21-point lead.

Jacobs then connected with a 34-yard strike to Charlie Hercus, who managed to snag the pass with one hand, just before the half to put the game out of McKenzie's reach.

McCrummen added his final touchdown run of the night early in the third quarter on a 5-yard jog to increase Kinston's lead.

The Bulldogs put their final points on the board on a 75-yard sprint by Robert Yates with 5:23 left to play.

&#8221I'm real proud of the effort our guys gave tonight,“ Moorer said.