Kinston kicks McKenzie 57-28

Thursday, Oct 12,2017

The Kinston Bulldogs continued to light up the scoreboard Friday night in an impressive 57-28 region win over the McKenzie Tigers, in McKenzie.
The Kinston defense turned back an early McKenzie scoring threat at the Bulldog 21-yardline, but the Tigers quickly regained possession at the Kinston 31-yardline after a pass interception, and this time reached the endzone when Elijah Pressley scored on a 10-yard run to put the Tigers on top 6-0 with 4:42 left in the opening quarter.
Kinston began its ensuing possession at its own 35-yardline and this time marched 65 yards in eight running plays to grab the lead. Austin Calhoun gained 57 yards on four carries and scored the touchdown on a 6-yard dash, while Aaron Driggers kicked the extra-point to put the Bulldogs on top 7-6 with 1:25 left in the first quarter.
Kinston suffered its second turnover of the half on its next possession, but regained possession at its own 13-yardline following a Tiger punt and covered the distance in just four plays to extend its lead. A 52-yard run by Brody Horton was a key play in the 87-yard scoring march, while the touchdown came on a 24-yard keeper by Calhoun, and Driggers added the extra-point as the Bulldogs went up 14-6 with 7:46 remaining in the second quarter.
Kinston got the ball back at its own 32-yardine after another Tiger punt and once again raced down the field to increase its advantage. Austin Calhoun had a 47-yard scamper during the three-play scoring drive, while Brody Horton added 21 yards on two carries and scored the touchdown on a 13-yard run. The extra-point try failed, but with 3:49 left in the quarter the Bulldogs lead had grown to 20-6.
Kinston picked back up where it had left off to begin the third quarter as Jeremy Moore fielded the second half kickoff at the 35-yardline and raced 65 yards for a Bulldog score. Austin Calhoun passed to Colby Copeland for the two-point conversion, and with just 12-seconds gone in the third quarter the Bulldogs lead was up to 28-6.
McKenzie’s Elijah Pressley returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to set the Tigers up at the Kinston 6-yardline, and one play later Pressley scored on a 5-yard run as McKenzie cut into the Bulldog lead. Pressley also ran in the two-point conversion, as the Tigers got within 28-14 with 10:38 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers brought their homecoming crowd back to their feet only two plays later when Elijah Pressley picked off a Kinston pass and returned the interception 71 yards for a Tiger touchdown, and after the extra-point by Rodolfo Vazquez McKenzie had cut the Bulldog lead to 28-21 with 9:09 remaining in the quarter.
Kinston began its ensuing possession midfield after a 15-yard return by Jeremy Moore, and the Bulldogs momentarily regained command as they drove 50 yards in eight plays to add to their lead. Austin Calhoun gained 36 yards on four carries to help lead the Bulldogs into the endzone, while Brody Horton scored the touchdown on a 10-yard run and Aaron Driggers added the extra-point to push the Kinston lead to 35-21 with 5:15 left in the quarter.
McKenzie began its ensuing offensive series at its own 40-yardline and covered the 60 yards to the endzone in five plays to again pull within one score. The touchdown came on a 49-yard sprint by Elijah Pressley, and Vazquez added the extra-point to pull the Tigers within 35-28 with 3:07 still left in a wild third quarter.
Kinston put the ball in play at its own 41-yardline following the ensuing kickoff and again answered the Tiger challenge as the Bulldogs went 59 yards in five plays to extend its lead. Brody Horton gained 40 yards on two carries and scored the touchdown on a 24-yard dash, and while the extra-point try failed, Kinston was on top 41-28 with 1:07 left in the stanza.
Kinston’s Austin Calhoun picked off a Tiger pass to put the Bulldogs right back in business at the McKenzie 45-yardline, and the ‘Dogs converted the turnover into points when Calhoun broke loose on a 38-yard scamper. Calhoun passed to Copeland for the two-point conversion, and with 9:40 left in the fourth quarter Kinston was back in control with a 49-28 lead.
Kinston began its next possession at the McKenzie 45-yardline following a Tiger punt and covered the distance in seven running plays to blow the game open. Colby Copeland scored the Bulldog touchdown on a 3-yard run, and Aaron Driggers added the extra-point to put the finishing touch on the big 57-28 region win.
Austin Calhoun and Brody Horton combined to rush for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns to spark the Kinston offensive attack, with Calhoun gaining 245 yards on 21 carries and Horton gaining 202 yards on 18 carries.

Photo: Kinston Bulldog Brody Horton (26) bulls over a McKenzie defender in last week’s 57-28 region win. Horton rushed for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns in Kinston’s big road win.