MOUNT VERNON Mount Vernon Coach Duane Orr set a defensive goal for his team last night against Monticello.
Keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
Behind an athletic defensive line that registered six sacks, the Mount Vernon Mustangs fulfilled that goal in blanking the Monticello Panthers, 26-0, in a Class 2A District 4 tilt last night in Mount Vernon.
It was the first meeting between the schools since they last shared a 2A district in 2001.
"I'm just proud of our kids, and how hard we played," Orr said. "We're getting better each week and that's the whole goal."
The hard-hitting Mount Vernon (2-2) defense limited Monticello to just 144 total yards, including 66 on a whopping 33 rushing attempts by Panther junior quarterback Jacob Black.
"We mix around our fronts, and gave the offensive lineman up there a little different look," Orr said. "We try to keep their offensive line a little unsure of where we're going to line up."
On offense, the Mustangs utilized an effective two-quarterback system for three first-half touchdown drives. After forcing a Monticello punt on its opening possession, Mount Vernon senior quarterback Logan Walker immediately hit tight end Jake Muller on a crossing route to the left sideline, which Muller advanced down to the 8-yard line for 37 yards. On the next play, running back Marshall Tuerler pounded it up the middle for the early 7-0 lead.
Mount Vernon junior quarterback Jake Pisarik entered the game in the waning minutes of the first quarter and directed touchdown drives in each of his first two possessions. His nifty 29-yard keeper around the right side set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Tuerler, his second of the game.