MOUNT VERNON — The start of the Ohio Capital Conference schedule couldn’t come soon enough for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets.
The team is winless heading into Friday’s conference opener at Olentangy Orange. The biggest challenge for the coaching staff is keeping the kids’ chins up.
“I told the kids this week that 0-3 isn’t a good place to be, but it’s not the end of the world,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “The competition just gets better every week. We kept the kids on course (this week) and did the same things in practice. That way, we can get better in fundamentals.”
Mount Vernon’s performances have been getting shakier each week. Last Friday the team fell to Mansfield Madison, 31-7, managing just 123 total yards in the process. The Jackets turned the ball over four times. Those turnovers have meant short fields for Mount Vernon’s opponents this season.
“We’ve told our defense that, wherever the ball is, that’s where you’ve got to defend,” said Naples. “It is a good defense. But part of a good defense is having an offense that doesn’t put you in these situations. Having a good defense is about an offense that can drive and take some time off the clock, then put some points on the board.”