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Mount Vernon downs Winnsboro

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WINNSBORO — It’s not always how you start, but how you finish.

Mount Vernon claimed a 41-14 win over the Winnsboro Red Raiders all because they made defensive adjustments.

The Tigers held a 21-14 lead at the half. But the hometown Red Raiders had been moving the ballwell. They’d racked up 187 yards and nine first downs.

The Mount Vernon coaches made some adjustments, especially in run defense and it turned the game.

“We only gave up one first downs and 32 total yards to Winnsboro in the second half,” said Mount Vernon head coach Charles Swann. “We had to do something to stop them and it worked. Our defense played very well in the second half. We knew once we got up by two touchdowns we were in good shape.”

The win allowed the Mount Vernon team to post a 4-0 record for the first time in a number of years Swann said.  “I don’t know how long it has been but we are in good shape with our homecoming game coming up next against Mineola. Then we have an open week before starting district.”

Swann continued, “We are getting better each week and now we are not just hoping to win, but expecting to win. It’s great to see the team grow and mature like they have. We always talk about dividing the year into three seasons. The preseason, then district and then the postseason. If we keep playing like are and improving each week, we will be all right. I am so proud of the way this team is playing.”

For the Tigers, quarterback Kellan Carrell had another fine game. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 126 yards, two scores. He also ran 15 times for 75 yards and four touchdowns.

Jay Jay Johnson was the leading rusher with 20 carries for 115 yards. Zane Lacaze had two carries for 18 yards.

Zach Bean and Landon Price caught touchdown passes. Bean had four catches for 28 yards and Price had one for 11. Colton Keller had four grabs for 60 yards.

Kasey Bogue led the MV defense with 15 tackles and one sack. Teammates Colby Keller and Lacase had 13 tackles apiece.

Jerrod Doss picked off a pass for the Tigers.

The Red Raiders were discouraged to drop their third game of the year. Especially to lose the home opener to rival Mount Vernon.

In 2008 the team staged a game for the ages with the Tigers winning 34-33.

Winnsboro head football coach Steve Pinnell said, “We just got beat. I thought we would play better. At times, we have had trouble on offense. We had three turnovers and Mount Vernon shut us down in the second half. We hope we are better than our 0-3 record because we start district play at Grand Saline Friday.”




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