Mount Vernon ends season with loss to Leopards
By RANDY SHORTNACY�| News-Telegram Correspondent

Nov. 4, 2006 - LIBERTY EYLAU - The Mount Vernon Tigers' season came to an abrupt end Friday night as the Liberty-Eylau Leopards handed them a 35-13 loss.Mount Vernon closes the season out with a 2-8 record and winless in District 16-3A.

The Leopards, on the other hand, set up a showdown with their district rival Atlanta Rabbits next week after the win over the outmanned Tigers.

It was obvious early that the Leopards were cocked and ready for war.L-E's aces quarterback Will Middlebrooks and running back LaMichael James played only the first half of the game after building up a 35-0 halftime lead.

Middlebrooks had a pretty good first half hitting all seven passes he attempted for 131 yards and three touchdowns while James stayed consistent on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 121 yards. That allowed L-E head coach Pat Brady to play virtually the entire second half with reserves and backups.

Liberty-Eylau would waste no time hitting the scoreboard. With 10:13 left in the opening quarter, James busted right up the gut 50 yards, cappinga four-play drive that covered 72 yards. Middlebrooks' point-after was good and L-E took the 7-0 lead. Middlebrooks' first touchdown pass came with four minutes left in the first when he hit Jeremy Whigham on a 9-yard shot, giving the Leopards a 14-0 advantage.

The Leopards tacked on three more touchdowns in the second period when Middlebrooks connected on passes of 22 yards to Whigham and 29 yards to Buck Rivers and James ran in from a yard out to give L-E a 35-0 lead.

Mount Vernon was able to strike and get some points on the board in the second half. On the second play from scrimmage, Kyle Clayton woke the crowd as he scampered for a 65-yard touchdown. Landry McGonagall's point after was good to bring the score to 35-7.

The Tigers were able to muster up six more points as Travis Boulware, who started the evening at quarterback because Zach Jaggers was out with an injury, took it in from a yard out. That capped a 13-play drive that covered 79 yards. The key play coming when Boulware found Chris Bonner for a 41-yard reception that gave the Tigers a first-and-goal.

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