MOUNT VERNON — There are smiles on their faces and the bounce is back in their steps. The Mount Vernon football team is riding high following a two-game win streak. Now, the work begins to continue that excitement within the program.
The Yellow Jackets welcome Ohio Capital Conference foe Hilliard Bradley for their homecoming game this Friday at Yellow Jacket Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
“I believe the kids feel good about where we’re at and the opportunity that lies in front of us. I think they’re excited and we’ve been practicing hard. I think we’re making headway. This week will be a good test to see where we’re at,” said Mount Vernon coach Gary Keller. “Bradley brings a better football team than the past couple of weeks, so it’s going to be a challenge for us. I think the kids are up for the challenge.”
The Jackets (3-3 overall, 2-1 OCC) will see a familiar foe line up across the field from them this Friday. Bradley (3-3, 1-2) bring a very similar style of both offense and defense to what the Jackets run.
The Jaguars are a predominantly running team, racking up more than 300 yards per game on the ground. They spread that wealth around, as well, as three players have more than 250 yards rushing. Blake Scipio (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) is the quick guy on the outside, having rushed for 607 yards and five touchdowns on the year. He’s averaging more than 10 yards per carry.
Jeffie Johnson (6-0, 195) and Corey Straight (6-3, 185) bring the power to the running game while still being able to break the long run. Johnson has rushed for 500 yards and six TDs, while Straight had rushed for 273 and also passed for 150.