|Mount Vernon wins thriller at home 31-28|
|By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent|
Oct. 29, 2005 - MOUNT VERNON - Landry McGonagill's 20 yard field goal with five seconds remaining on the clock gave the Mount Vernon Tigers a 31-28 win over the Winnsboro Red Raiders Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
With the win Mount Vernon improves its District 11-3A record to 2-1, 4-5 overall. The loss drops Winnsboro's district record to 1-2, 3-6 overall.
Mount Vernon needs only to beat winless Quinlan Ford next Friday to clinch a playoff berth. Winnsboro must beat Rains on Friday to get into the playoffs.
Mount Vernon scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take control of the game. After Justin Drabble's 5 yard touchdown run, Mount Vernon converted a successful onside kick to set up their second touchdown of the night. A 32-yard touchdown run by Jerrus Doss, followed by a 2-point pass by Drabble, gave Mount Vernon a 14-7 lead just before the half.
Winnsboro evened the score at 14-14 on their first possession of the second half. After forcing Mount Vernon to punt to start the second half, Mitch Wheeler capped a 75 yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Jake Hawkins added the point-after kick to make the score all square.
Mount Vernon answered the Winnsboro score with a 10-play scoring drive of their own. Doss capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that gave Mount Vernon a 21-14 lead with five second remaining in the third quarter.
Hawkins pulled Winnsboro even with Mount Vernon early in the fourth quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run. On second-and-7 from the Mount Vernon 46, Hawkins executed a perfect fake handoff to Wheeler which drew all of the Mount Vernon defenders. Hawkins then raced around the right end and set sail all alone for the end zone to even the score at 21-21 with 10:39 remaining in the final quarter.
It took Mount Vernon less than two minutes to answer the Winnsboro score, on a 19-yard touchdown run by Doss put Mount Vernon back in front 28-21 with 8:51 left.
Winnsboro knew that if they wanted to win the game they needed a time-consuming scoring drive. They followed with a 12-play possession that ate over five and a half minutes off the clock. Hawkins scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to even the score at 28-28.
However, Winnsboro left nearly three and a half minutes on the clock for Mount Vernon. Drabble and crew found that to be just the right amount of time. Drabble hit Doss for a 25-yard pick up to move into Winnsboro territory. A 15-yard run by Doss and a 22-yard run by Drabble put Mount Vernon into field goal position.
After missing a point-after kick in the second quarter, McGonagill booted the football through the uprights to seal the Mount Vernon win.
Hawkins led all rushers with 164 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Doss was right behind him with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Friday night Mount Vernon travels to Quinlan while Winnsboro plays host to Rains.