Turnovers are too much for Tigers
By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 28, 2006 - MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon Tigers were looking at possibly picking up their first district win Friday night against a Pleasant Grove Hawk team that seemed evenly matched up with the Tigers.

However, two touchdowns and 97 total yards by Clint Harrington gave the Hawks their first district win as Pleasant Grove knocked off Mount Vernon 27-7.

Mount Vernon struggled all night, with turnovers being the offensive killer for the Tigers. Zach Jaggers, who entered the game plagued by a back injury, survived only the first half after throwing five picks in the opening two quarters.

Pleasant Grove struck first late in the opening quarter when Kennard Henderson busted off the left side for a 50-yard touchdown run capping off a six-play drive that covered 89 yards. The point after from James Blackburn was good, and with 5:33 left the Hawks had taken a 7-0 lead - a score that would hold until the end of the first quarter.

Then with 8:10 left in the half, Harrington tacked on the first of his two touchdowns, taking it 20 yards off the right side. The scoring drive was quick for the Hawks. only taking three plays to cover 70 yards. The kick by Blackburn was good, and Pleasant Grove went in at the half up 14-0.

With Jaggers out, Coach Charles Swann looked to his backup. Travis Boulware. Boulware struggled, and rightfully so this being the first time he has seen action all year. The Tigers' offense, however, could just never get going and would get caught in a lot of third-and-long situations in the third quarter. Neither team got any points out of the third, keeping the score 14-0.

Pleasant Grove put up two touchdowns on in the final period to extend its lead. Quarterback Jake Rogers picked up the first touchdown at the 11:01 mark on a 63-yard run. The kick was no good and the Hawks were up 20-0.Then Harrington struck again for his second touchdown of the evening on a 16-yard run. The kick was good, and with 6:36 left Pleasant Grove was working on the shutout, up 27-0.

Boulware continued to stay composed and with 42 seconds left, the Tigers denied the Hawks hopes of the shutout as Boulware found Chris Bonner in the corner of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Landry McGonagill's kick was good bringing the score to 27-7.

Mount Vernon travels to Liberty-Eylau Friday night for their final game of the season to tangle with the state-ranked Leopards.

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