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McKenzie's running powers Waynesboro past JB

September 24, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Following Waynesboro's convincing defeat of James Buchanan on Friday night, Indians coach Darwin Seiler carried off the equipment of star running back Mike McKenzie and jokingly said, "This isn't going to happen all the time."

But Seiler would probably welcome that chore if it follows a performance like McKenzie and the Indians had Friday.

Waynesboro's senior standout added to his already impressive season by rushing for 273 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Indians past JB 32-6 in Mid-Penn Capital action for their first win of the season.

"It definitely feels good to win - especially to come in and take one from a team on their home field," McKenzie said. "But we can't act like we've never been here before."

Waynesboro (1-3, 1-1) established early that it was ready to get into the win column.

On the first play from scrimmage, McKenzie took a pitch to the far side, reversed direction and outran the Rockets defense 89 yards up the sideline to give the Indians a 6-0 lead 24 seconds into the game.

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"They were overloaded on the one side," McKenzie said. "When I saw that, I cut back. I was hoping the blockers would see my move and get out in front."

That was only the beginning for McKenzie, who later scored on a 66-yard run after sprinting through a hole up the middle, and combined with eight other runners to pile up 378 yards on the ground.

That total went unmatched by JB's triple threat of Rusty Hughes, Tyler Morris and Marcus Riley. The backfield trio ran into a stiff Waynesboro defense and combined for just 39 rushing yards.

"I thought we made great strides on the defensive side of the football," Seiler said. "Running the ball is their bread and butter and I thought we did a good job of stopping it."

Despite success running the ball and stopping the run, the Indians struggled to put the Rockets away until late in the game.

Waynesboro surrendered just 89 yards of total offense in the first half, but committed eight penalties and led only 12-6 at halftime.

"We can't let penalties put us down, we have to do what we came to do," McKenzie said.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Indians broke loose in the fourth, scoring two touchdowns in a 59-second span to take a 25-6 lead. Starting quarterback Cory Livengood punched in a quarterback sneak, followed by backup QB Alex Barone's 31-yard keeper.

Barone set up the second score with an interception - his second of the game.

The Rockets (2-2, 0-1) managed only 42 second-half yards and were hampered by penalties, including four 15-yard personal fouls.

"We just had the wheels fall off in the second half," JB coach Kevin Gustafson said.

Justin Lee threw for 48 yards and added 47 on the ground for the Rockets.

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