Mount Vernon drops opener in overtime 23-17
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Aug. 27, 2005 - Senior quarterback Justin Drabble racked up 248 yards of offense and a touchdown for the Mount Vernon Tigers, but four turnovers, including a fumble in overtime, spoiled the Tigers' season opener in a 23-17 overtime loss to the White Oak Roughnecks.

Drabble seemed unstoppable for the night. He found an escape several times when the Tigers were faced with a long-yardage situation. He posted Mount Vernon's first points of the game with a 55-yard touchdown with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. The point-after attempt was blocked by White Oak leaving the score 7-6.

Drabble finished his first night as the Tigers' starting quarterback with 200 yards rushing on 21 carries. He also added 48 yards passing on 8-of-16 completions with one interception. Mount Vernon took their first lead of the game with 1:05 remaining in the first half when Jerrus Doss scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. He then was successful on the 2-point conversion to make the score 14-7. Doss finished the game with 66 yards rushing on 10 carries and 13 yards on two receptions.

White Oak answered with a 76-yard scoring drive that was capped with a 34-yard Eric Walt field goal that made the score 14-10 at the half. Late in the third quarter, White Oak retook the lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by their leading rusher Dee Coleman, who finished with 93 yards on 21 carries.

Mount Vernon evened the score at 17-17 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Landry McGonagill capped a 15-play scoring drive with a 27-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the game. White Oak tried a 37-yard field goal with one second left on the clock but the kick hit the cross bar and fell short.

Turnovers were the ultimate killer for the Tigers. Although White Oak failed to convert on three previous turnovers, their fourth turnover cost Mount Vernon the game as Cory Dickerson scooped up the loose football and raced 71 yards for the winning score. Friday night the Tigers will be on the road as they travel to take on the Paris North Lamar Panthers.

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