McKenzie wins spring game, 46-14
Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2007
McKenzie head coach Miles Brown said he's always had a spread-the-field mindset when it comes to offensive football.
But last season the Tigers' offense spent much of the season in a traditional I-formation set. The results were hardly spectacular as McKenzie struggled to score points en route to a 3-7 record in Brown's first year.
“Our wide outs were awful young (last year),” said Brown. The spread attack relies not only on the receiving skills of wide receivers, but also their blocking ability on running plays. “I just didn't want to throw them in the fire that early.”
Brown was finally able to unveil a spread attack against New Brockton in Friday night's spring game and led by athletic senior quarterback-to-be Sattrick Rudolph and a trio of running backs in Elrick and Curtis Ball and Calvin Henderson, the Tigers blasted the Gamecocks 46-14.
The score was a complete reversal from last season's spring game, which saw Frisco City blank McKenzie 40-0.
Brown points to a year's worth of work by his players in the weight room. The 2007 Tigers looked faster and stronger then last season. Running backs consistently bounced off tackles and chewed up yardage as McKenzie led 32-14 at halftime.
Rudolph opened the second half with a 68-yard touchdown run and Elrick Ball capped off the scoring with a 14-yard burst in the fourth quarter.
“Hopefully, this is just the beginning,” said Brown. “We knew going into last year this was going to be a building process. The bottom line is we have to get better during the offseason.”
After the game Brown told his players Friday night's game was just the “tip of a big iceberg.”
“The team we're going to look for great things out of is the team that goes into the summer ready to work,” he said. “The team that looks up at that scoreboard and says ‘hey, we just beat someone 46-14'Šthat's the team that's going to get killed on Friday nights.”
Additionally, in a one-quarter junior varsity scrimmage the Tigers beat New Brockton 14-0.
“I was pretty impressed with our younger guys,” said Brown.