Mount Vernon's late run not enough to handle Pittsburg
By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 21, 2006 - PITTSBURG - The 22 points that the Mount Vernon Tigers put on the board in the second half Friday night was not enough to pull out a win as the Pittsburg Pirates held on to pick up a 35-29 victory.

The win moves Pittsburg to 1-1 in District 16-3A, while the Tigers fall to 0-2.

Trailing at the half by 15 points, many people might have counted out the Tigers, but things made a quick turn in the second half.

The Pirates took their opening possession of the second half and extended the lead to 22 points after Kendall Wright found Nick Jackson for a 10-yard touchdown that capped off a 12-play drive covering 70 yards and put the home team up 29-7.That, however, was the last time the Pirates would score until early in the fourth.

Mount Vernon tightened down and go on a run, turning the contest into a classic high school football game as the Tigers exploded for 22 points and pulled within a touchdown of Pittsburg but ran out of time to pull out the victory.

Pittsburgturned on its scoring machine early as Wright took the first play from scrimmage on the Pirates' opening possession and went 80 yards to pay dirt. Wright then ran in the two point conversion as Pittsburg grabbed the early 8-0 lead.

Mount Vernon answered on the ensuing kickoff when Kyle Clayton returned it 75 yards for a TD. The Landry McGonagill kick was good and with 8:30 left in the first Pittsburg had an 8-7 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Pittsburg converted on three fourth-down situations, setting up Wright's second touchdown of the evening from eight yards out. It capped a 13-play, 53-yard drive.Wright's kick was good and Pittsburg took a 15-7 lead with 8:41 to go in the half.

Then with 1:39 left in the second quarter, Wright showed his arm strength by hitting Mark Farmer on a couple of big pass plays of 44 yards, and an 18-yard touchdown that capped off a five-play drive that covered 88 yards. Wright's kick was good and Pittsburg took the 22-7 lead in at the half.

Mount Vernon took its opening possession of the second half and drove 61 yards in eight plays, the finally 10 yards coming when Zach Jaggers found Kolton Stoker with a TD pass. The try for two was good and with 3:45 left in the third, the Pirate lead was cut to 29-14.

Pittsburg struck again early in the fourth when Carlos Brown busted in from 20 yards out with 10:19 left in the game Wright's kick was no good and the Pirates had extended the lead back to 35-15.Brown ended the evening rushing the ball 35 times for 184 yards.

Mount Vernon then took six plays to go 73 yards with Jaggers hitting 5-of-6 passes. A.J. Rockwell grabbed the sixth pass for an 11-yard touchdown, and the McGonagill lick was good to bring the score to 35-22.

The Tiger defense then made a huge stand on fourth-and-1 and took the ball over on downs. Itonly took Jaggers four plays to take the Tigers 50 yards, throwing his second touchdown pass in the half,this time to Kyle Clayton for 13 yards. The McGonagill kick was good bringing the score to 35-29.Jaggers went on to finish the night 16-of-28 for 216 yards and two interceptions.

The Tigers are back home next week to host Pleasant Grove while Pittsburg travels to Atlanta.

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