Tigers run over Yellowjackets
By RANDY SHORTNACY | News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 30, 2006 - MINEOLA - The Mount Vernon Tigers bounced back after a hard loss to Winnsboro by cruising pass the Mineola Yellowjackets 31-6 on Friday.

Mount Vernon ran its ball-control offense to almost perfection, and the Tiger defense was stingy all night long.

Kolton Stoker led the Tiger attack on the offensive side of the ball,  rushing 29 times for 172 of the Tigers' 340 total yards on the night. Stoker hit paydirt three times, accounting for 18 of the teams 31 points. All and all, Stoker and the Tiger offense just dominated the game in time of possession and total offense.

The Tigers wasted no time as they took the opening possession and marched 65 yards in 13 plays before Stoker bounced in from 13 yards out.  The key play on this drive was on a fourth-and-10 the Tigers converted when Zach Jaggers found Kyle Clayton on a 20-yard pass play that gave Mount Vernon new life and kept the drive going. Landry McGonagill was good on the point-after and with 5:48 left, Mount Vernon had the early 7-0 lead.

The Tiger defense did not allow the Yellowjacket offense to get started and held them to a three-and-out series.

Then with the first quarter winding down, the Tigers had pretty much controlled the opening quarter but would not be through putting points on the board. Stoker did what he did best all night and that was run between the tackles - this time from 4 yards out. The kick by McGonagill was good and after one quarter the Tigers had the 14-0 lead.

Jaggers gave the Tigers a 21-point lead at the half after controlling much of the second quarter with hard running, good offensive execution, and great defensive play as the senior quarterback took it in from 7 yards out. That capped a 14-play drive covering 87 yards and the Tigers carried the 21-0 lead in at the half. 

The Tigers came out and kicked off the third quarter just as they had handled the previous two - by taking their opening drive and forcing it down the Yellowjackets' throats. Stoker broke the plane for the third time in the game, and the kick by McGonagill was good, giving a 28-point advantage to the Tigers at the end of three.

McGonagill gave the Tigers a little insurance in the fourth with a 33-yard field goal that capped off a 14-play drive that covered 54 yards.

Mineola avoided the shutout as the Yellowjackets marched down the field with less than two minutes left in the contest. Then with 28 seconds remaining, Cory Jones took it in from 5 yards out. The kick from Seth Gilbreath failed, setting the score at 31-6.

The Tigers are home next week for the first home game of the season, which is also homecoming, as the Tigers will be facing old district opponent Rains.

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