MOUNT VERNON — With a win under their belt, a more confident Mount Vernon football team is ready to make it two in a row. But, to do that, the Yellow Jackets must get past a Mansfield Madison team that’s better than its record indicates.
The Jackets and Rams will tangle at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Friday night at 7:30 in the final tune-up before Ohio Capital Conference play begins.
While the Rams have not won this year, Mount Vernon coach Gary Keller knows it won’t be a walk in the park for his Yellow Jackets. The Rams fell to two traditional powers in the first two games — Shelby and Tiffin Columbian.
“Madison may be 0-2, but they’ve played two good football teams. Shelby and Tiffin Columbian are both good programs. I thought Madison has shown improvement over where they were last year. I think they’ll play us very well,” Keller said.
The teams have squared off in the non conference portions of their schedules for many years, so there’s a pretty good rivalry between the schools. Keller knows that will keep the Rams focused as they try to pick up their first win of the season and get a little revenge from last year’s 41-12 loss to the Jackets.
Madison’s offense will keep the Jacket defense on its toes as the Rams use both power and spread formations. Quarterback Alek Lampert is the key to that flexibility and the Jackets will have to keep him under wraps in order to win.
“They run their quarterback a lot. Their offense revolves around him. The thing that we have to prepare for is they either go tight or spread it out wide. That’s two different types of offenses we have to prepare for,” Keller said. “We have to shut Madison down on a number of things. They run the T-formation and try to ram the ball down your throat and then use the gun and throw the ball all over the field. We’ll have our hands full.”