After Molly Tanner was named Homecoming Queen and Sebastian Howle crowned Homecoming King, the business of football got underway.
A strong Mt. Vernon defense held Quitman in check as the Tigers and roared to a 42-0 win over the Quitman Bulldogs Friday night.
The Tigers took a first quarter lead of 20-0, increased it to 26-0 by intermission, scored 16 more in the third quarter and held the ball on the ground most of the final period.
For Quitman, it was a tough night at the quarterback position. Starter Trey Berry was knocked out by a knee injury during a Quarterback sack. Freshman back-up Ty Holland was grounded by concussion protocol and an already hurting Josh Medlin’s back and shoulder problems kept him from playing in the second half.
Senior wide receiver Garrett Taylor, who had seen some play at quarterback as a freshman, took over the controls in the second half. Taylor and Luke Pruden handled most of the running chores in the second half.
River Chaney, Hunter Gilbreath, Gavin Derryberry and Howle were instrumental on a Bulldog defense which twice stopped the Tigers on fourth down attempts. The Bulldogs held the Tigers without a score in the fourth quarter against a Mt. Vernon team which scored 60 against Mineola in the previous district game.
“I was really proud of the way our kids hung in there in the second half. Mt. Vernon has a good football team. There’s a reason they’re 9-0 and ranked in the state polls. Our kids showed character and pride holding them on the fourth down plays,” Head Coach Bryan Oakes said. “We have two games left and we are going to keep working just as hard this week as we always have since August. These kids deserve to have some success as hard as they have worked.”
Mt. Vernon took the opening kick-off scored in just three plays to go up 7-0 at the 10:50 mark of the first quarter. The Tigers drove 51 yards in nine plays to score their second touchdown on a three-yard run by Trey Wickware with 5:34 remaining in the quarter. The Tigers got the ball back with just under two minutes to go in the quarter and went 56 yards in three plays to take a 20-0 lead into the second period. The Tigers scored again on a 23-yard run by Wickware in the second quarter giving them a 26-0 lead at the half. The Tigers would tack on a pair of scores including one on a fumble return and the other on a run from scrimmage. They added a two-point conversion on both second half scores to bring it to the 42-0 final.
Oakes believes Grand Saline will be ready for the Bulldogs. “Grand Saline will be tough. They have really had some tough breaks. They were two yards away from beating Commerce and took Winnsboro to overtime,” Oakes said. “They have stepped it up since they got their quarterback back from an injury. The will throw the ball. Our secondary will have to be ready.”
The win gave the Tigers a 9-0 season slate and a 5-0 record in district clinching at least a tie for the District 7-Class 3A title. The Tigers take on Farmersville in their last game this Friday. The Farmers and Mineola each have only one district loss going into this Friday’s contests.
The Bulldogs travel to Grand Saline Friday before coming home Nov. 11 for Senior Night and the fnal game of the season.