LEXINGTON — Mount Vernon got off to a fast start to the 2010 football season on Friday night, but couldn’t sustain momentum from the play in falling to host Lexington, 44-21.
Yellow Jacket junior Leevi Stump hushed the Minutemen crowd on the opening kickoff, which he hauled 95 yards for the score with just 10 seconds off the clock. Kyle Henthorn’s extra-point left Mount Vernon up, 7-0.
Unfortunately, the Jackets (0-1) gave up a touchdown in the next three minutes. Lexington’s Colin Michael took his team down to the Mount Vernon 16, then hit Nick Milks with a touchdown pass that tied the score at 7 with 9:32 left in the first quarter. The Minutemen (1-0) had a quick turnaround for their next score, as C.J. Hassman gave Lexington a 10-7 lead with a 35-yard field goal with 8:02 to play. Hassman connected on a 25-yard field goal at the 2:01 mark of the period to leave the home team up, 13-7.
The Minutemen scored two touchdowns in the space of one minute in the second quarter. After a one-yard TD run at the 6:09 mark, Lexington’s Derek Cook picked off a Brandon Porter pass at his own 25-yard line and scampered home for a touchdown and a 27-7 lead. Mount Vernon’s next drive was successful, as Stump rushed for a 23-yard touchdown with 2:47 left in the first half to cut the lead to 27-14. But Hassman nailed his third field goal of the half, a 30-yarder, with 14 seconds left to put Lexington ahead 30-14 at intermission.
Playing conservatively, the Minutemen scored a touchdown in each of the final two quarters. The first came at the 7:51 mark of the third quarter on Michael’s 10-yard touchdown toss, and the second was a 46-yard flea-flicker from the Lexington halfback with 11:08 to play in the game. The Jackets finished the scoring with Jordan Montgomery’s 9-yard touchdown run with 8:28 remaining.
Overall, Mount Vernon ran for 197 yards on 41 carries, and were 0-for-3 with one interception passing. Lexington had better balance, running for 168 yards and passing for 150.
Montgomery rushed 25 times for 148 yards for the Jackets, and Stump gained 23 yards on seven carries. Jordan Crabtree had four carries for 23 yards, and Brandon Porter had three yards on five totes.
Mount Vernon will play its inaugural home game of the season Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Cambridge.