MOUNT VERNON — Let the real season begin.
The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets start Ohio Capital Conference play on Friday. And after last Friday’s bitter 21-0 defeat to Mansfield Madison, it’s possible the Jackets have never been more anxious to get conference play started.
“They’re looking forward to getting back out on the field and prove themselves, to get that loss out of their mind,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “It’s the OCC. It’s the first step to accomplishing your goals.”
There’s no doubt that Mount Vernon (2-1) struggled mightily against Mansfield Madison, which came in ranked 10th in the latest Ohio Division II AP poll. The Jackets couldn’t block. They couldn’t tackle. And they couldn’t move the ball.
So Mount Vernon is kicking off the 2012 OCC season the best way possible: Taking on perennial conference doormat Franklin Heights.
Wait, not so fast.
The Falcons are 2-1 with convincing wins over Westerville North and Briggs. Their only loss came last week against a Central Crossing team that was playing a handful of its seniors for the first time all season. This year’s roster has nearly a dozen more players than last year, with few seniors graduating from last season. Does this mean the Falcons are no longer the automatic win on every team’s schedule?
“They beat Westerville North pretty well,” said Naples. “We warned our kids. This team is different. This is not last year’s team. They do things crisp. But, if we go there and do what we’re supposed to do, it will go well.”
If ever there was a time for Mount Vernon’s front seven to step up, this is it.
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