|Mount Vernon takes down Buffalo|
|By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent|
Sept. 18, 2006 - GLADEWATER - The Mount Vernon Tigers used a 26-point second half Saturday night to get their first win of the season, knocking off the Buffalo Bison 33-6 at Jack Murphy Stadium.
Tiger quarterback Zach Jaggers had a good night for the Tigers as the senior threw for 148 yards and one touchdown, while Kolten Stoker led the Tigers' rushing attack, touching the ball 17 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.�
�Hey, these two (Zach and Kolten) had a good game. We finally got things rolling in the second half,� said Mount Vernon head coach Charles Swann.
Mount Vernon� (1-2) struck late in the first when Jaggers found Kyle Clayton for a 30-yard touchdown pass, capping off a five-play, 94-yard drive. Landry McGonagill's point-after was good, and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Early in the second, Buffalo quarterback Jarvis Phillips raced 66 yards on a busted play to put the Bison on the board with 9:29 left in the first half.� This capped a five-play, 70-yard drive. The PAT failed, leaving the score 7-6 at the half.
Stoker kicked things in gear to get the second half underway as the senior tailback picked up 77 yards on a seven-play drive before busting in the end zone from 21 yards out. McGonagill's kick was good and with 9:10 remaining in the third, the Tigers had a 14-6 advantage. �
The Tigers were not through in the third, as Stoker picked up his second rushing touchdown on the evening, capping a seven-play drive that covered 49 yards, and with the McGonagill's point-after the Tigers went up 21-6.
McGonagill got the fourth quarter under way by putting three more points on the board as he split the uprights with a 27-yard field goal, and Mount Vernon looked to be in the driver's seat up 24-6.
With 4:27 left, Buffalo faced a fourth-and-12 at its own 18 when Anthony Robinson dropped back to punt. The snap, though, sailed out of the end zone giving the Tigers a safety and the 26-6 lead.
Mount Vernon's Christian Butler would add a little more insurance for the Tigers. He orchestrated a six-play drive covering 36 yards, and Eric Newsome capped the drive by scoring from 4 yards out. The McGonagill kick was good, giving Mount Vernon the win.
The Tigers are once again on the road next week traveling to Winnsboro to tangle with longtime rival Red Raiders.