MOUNT VERNON — It wasn’t the way the Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket football seniors wanted to go out.
However, even if it wasn’t in a winning effort, at least it was one of the most solid efforts in their careers.
Mount Vernon lost on Friday to the New Albany Eagles, 35-14, on Senior Night at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
But the score doesn’t reflect the fact that, for all but about 90 seconds, the Jackets stood toe-to-toe with the eventual co-champions of the Ohio Capital Conference.
The game got away from Mount Vernon for just the first 1 1/2 minutes of the third quarter. It was enough, however, to give New Albany an insurmountable lead.
With the Eagles leading, 7-6, New Albany senior Dan Brittan took the second-half kickoff and scrambled 79 yards to the endzone, breaking two tackles along the way.
In Mount Vernon’s ensuing drive, senior quarterback Shawn Maxwell made his first and only mistake of the game. Maxwell threw an errant pass that was picked off by Connor Hinson, who returned the ball to the Mount Vernon 13. On the next play, Darron Lee scored on a sweep to the left side.
The whole thing took 1:41. The deficit was suddenly 15, and the fans in attendance fell silent.