MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon football team put all the pieces together last Friday in a 39-9 victory over Delaware Hayes. This Friday, the Jackets will be looking to keep the momentum rolling when they travel to Franklin Heights for an Ohio Capital Conference game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“That was our best game (Delaware), from an offensive standpoint, I can remember in a while. It seemed like we were totally in sync in what we were doing out there, and we played at a high level, and our kids were able to really function well together,” said Mount Vernon coach Gary Keller.
The Yellow Jackets (2-3 overall, 1-1 OCC) racked up 279 yards rushing in the win over Delaware. One player, Leevi Stump, reached the 100-yard mark, while another, Jordan Montgomery, just missed. Add in the strong running of Ethan Abell and the Jackets had plenty of options available.
With quarterback Shawn Maxwell expected to miss another game because of a concussion suffered against Olentangy Orange, those three, as well as Alex Lambert and Tyler Lewis, will be expected to carry the brunt of the offense against the Falcons (0-5, 0-2).
“I think the packaging that coach (Jerry) Williams has been doing has really put our best kids in positions where they can perform,” said Keller. “We did not throw the ball a lot. ... But, we got a lot of people involved, so that made it even more effective.
“I think with the misdirection we had with our offense kept the defense off balance. I think that’s huge. If we can continue to do that and execute the option the way we did last week ...”
That more effective offense also helped out in another area — keeping the defense off the field and not putting them in bad situations.
The defense, led by linebackers Lambert and Lewis, shut down the Pacers last week, allowing under 100 yards of offense. They’ll need to do that again this week as Franklin Heights brings a lot of game-breakers on offense.