CAMBRIDGE — On Friday, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets did what few people thought they could do: They took on a hard-hitting team and almost pulled out a huge upset win.
What do they plan to do for an encore?
More of the same — except, this time, get the win.
The Cambridge Bobcats are next on the schedule for the Yellow Jackets. Once again, Mount Vernon faces a team with superior size, strength and speed. Once again, the opponent has players who are being wooed by Division I colleges. And, once again, it doesn’t look good on paper.
Mount Vernon’s offense found rhythm as Friday’s game against Lexington wore on. Shawn Maxwell replaced Brandon Porter at quarterback in the second quarter and helped find that rhythm. The no-huddle play-calling allowed the Jackets to knock Lexington’s defense back and to eventually score a game-tying touchdown with a minute to go. This week, Cambridge, with nine starters returning on defense, will provide a stiffer test.
So, the biggest question is: Who will start at quarterback?
“We don’t know yet,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “We’re going to meet as a staff before the game, the coaches and myself. That’s when we’ll put it together. Both of them have put enough reps in. We’ll just have to decide.”
Naples said either quarterback can run the offense he’s put in place.
“They’re both good kids,” said Naples. “They can get things done. We’re not changing our offense for either one. They both fit in.”
If the Jackets are going to be successful in Friday’s game, they will have to find a way to contain running back Dashawn Lewis. The senior rumbled for 221 yards on 27 carries in last week’s 58-6 win over John Marshall (W.Va.). He will run behind an offensive line that returns four starters from last season.