McKenzie drops third straight, 48-14
Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2006
The McKenzie Tigers dropped their third straight game on Friday night, falling to the Ariton Purple Cats on the road 48-14.
The Tigers are now 2-5 on the year, but still have a shot at the making the Class 1A playoffs with victories in consecutive Region 2 games against Providence Christian (Oct. 20) and Florala (Oct. 27).
Head coach Miles Brown said Friday's contest at Ariton was a case of getting “hit in the mouth” early.
Ariton blocked a McKenzie punt on the Tigers' first possession of the game, scored a touchdown and went up 8-0 right out of the gate. The Purple Cats then ran a punt back and capitalized on a McKenzie fumble to score another touchdown.
Boom. 21-0. Just like that.
“Ariton is a real good football team,” said Brown. “But we helped them out a lot. We missed a lot of assignments and made a lot of mistakes.”
To the Tigers' credit, the offense answered with tailback Curtis Ball scoring on a 5-yard run.
But by then the damage was done.
Ariton led 30-6 at halftime.
McKenzie quarterback Sattrick Rudolph scored on a 1-yard sneak in the second half for the Tigers. Chance Davis added the two-point conversion.
Brown said he knew a turnaround of the long dormant McKenzie football program would not happen overnight.
“Our kids just have to continue to buy into the program and not give up,” he said. “They just have to keep working hard and the good things will come.”
The Tigers are a team loaded with underclassmen - the majority sophomores and freshmen. Daniel Ballard is the lone senior on the team.
McKenzie travels to play Providence Christian next Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.