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The McKenzie Tigers and Brantley Bulldogs faced off to determine who would finish No. 2 in the region and host the playoffs. The Bulldogs took charge early in the game and won 63-7.
McKenzie struggled on offense early in the game, fumbling the ball a total of four times in Tiger territory during the first quarter. McKenzie allowed Brantley to score 4 touchdowns giving them a 27-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. This set the tone for the rest of the game and McKenzie could not get any momentum to overcome the early deficit.
“We had six turnovers during the entire game,” said Coach Tony Norris. “Those turnovers were all on our side of the field. When you play a team like Brantley you can’t shoot yourself in the foot.”
McKenzie does not have a game this week. “The good thing is we have a week to recover and recuperate before playoffs,” said Coach Norris. “We plan on finding the team that we had when we won six games in a row. We have to really focus on the basics of controlling the ball, tackling and blocking; the fundamentals of the game.”
McKenzie will travel to Sweet Water to face the Region 1 No. 2 seed Bulldogs on Nov. 4 for the first round of 1A playoffs. “Sweet Water is historically a well-coached and physical football team,” said Coach Norris. “I don’t expect anything different this year. We have to hit the field ready to play if we want to make it to round 2.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm at Sweet Water next Friday night.