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One last video from the 2010 football regular season. North Side finishes the year a perfect 10-0 for the first time in school history. Watch them celebrate.

Lexington pulls off one of the biggest upsets of the season with a win at Liberty to take the district title. What the Tigers did to win? Run right at Liberty and shut down the Crusaders offense. Watch the video to see.

USJ wins a big city rivalry running the ball right at JCS. This video shows that.

Video from the biggest football game to come to Jackson in several years including the last-second stand by North Side.

The videos I am shooting continue to improve as the football season goes on.

McKenzie bullies TCA up front for victory, 9 Oct. 2010

By MATTHEW BORENSTEIN

MBORENSTEIN@JACKSONSUN.COM

McKENZIE − Power up front.

That was a focus in practice this week for McKenzie. That was the game on Friday.

McKenzie overpowered Trinity Christian Academy on the lines all night, and the Rebels grounded out the 18−7 win in a playoff Class 2A non−district matchup.

"All week at practice, we’d block for four seconds. Anything we did wrong, we’d have to do up−downs," said McKenzie senior two−way lineman Neil Eubank. "It helped us out a whole lot."

Some stats show the difference.

McKenzie ran the ball 51 times for 330 yards. The Lions had 15 carries for a loss of two.

TCA quarterback Jabriel Washington lost 12 yards on nine carries. Six of his carries lost yards or were sacks.

Another went for no gain.

McKenzie totaled 76 offensive plays in the game. TCA had 34.

Seven Rebel backs had 19 or more rush yards, four had more than 40, but none topped 100. Fullback Colin Vinson led with 94 yards, most coming on a 58−yard run that ended with Washington knocking the ball loose at the TCA 6−yard line. Mark Lawrence led TCA with 18 yards rushing in the game.

McKenzie had 27 first downs, while TCA finished with only six.

"We weren’t physical enough tonight," TCA coach Michael Hodum said. "We have to be more physical and get after it a little bit better. Sometimes, when you’re smaller, to be that physical, you have to bring some emotion.

"After a big, emotional game last week (a 42−14 district win over Adamsville), maybe we had a little letdown this week, emotionally."

The Rebels’ opening drive set the tone for the game and all those numbers above.

Lasting 8:15, McKenzie converted twice on third down and twice on fourth down. Jace Hargrove finished the 19−play drive with a five−yard touchdown run for the game’s first score.

McKenzie’s final scoring drive in the third quarter was another long one, lasting 11 plays. The Rebels scored on two−yard run from Matt Thomas after converting three third downs on the drive that took almost five minutes.

"We knew all along we had them up front," McKenzie coach Wade Comer said. "Our offensive line, that’s what we were going to lean on coming into this year. The weather’s finally broke. … Now they’re ready to play."

A perfect 28−yard play−action pass in the second quarter from McKenzie quarterback Max Arnold to Kirby

Esch put the Rebels up two scores and showed they have some quick−strike, big−play ability.

TCA followed that scoring drive with a four−play drive that ended with a punt (a 50−yarder from Dylan Yates, who later had a 60−yard punt).

Washington was once stopped behind the line on a QB keeper and then sacked by Zeick Hicks on a blind−side rush to make it fourth down.

It was like that for much of the game.

Eight of TCA’s nine drives − including the team’s only scoring drive − went six or fewer plays. The Lions’ longest lasted only seven plays.

Washington threw a 34−yard touchdown pass to Joey Hanson to make it 18−7 early in the fourth quarter.

But earlier in the game, he threw three interceptions, including one from the McKenzie 33 on what was the team’s best series of the game.

Arnold played the ball well, coming over to take it before it got to what appeared to be an open TCA receiver.

He later had a nice diving pick, showing up from seemingly out of nowhere to get in front of the receiver and take the ball.

"We knew what we had coming to us and took it seriously," Arnold said. "We worked really hard. It was our best week of practice we’ve had all season, by far."

− Matthew Borenstein, 425−9636

My first trying using Dipity to create a timeline looking back at our coverage as a local high school football team played for a perfect season.

Shot from a little lower in the stands, making for some tougher angles. Need to get better at shooting key plays. I always seem to miss them taking notes.

Westview pulls off a historic win. Video camera died so I had to use digital recorder for audio.

The second video from the USJ-TCA game, focusing on Alabama commit Jabriel Washington.

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