MOUNT VERNON — Someone forgot to tell the opposing defenses that football season started Friday.
In a night when the two teams racked up more than 900 total yards on offense, one star from Mount Vernon emerged. J.D. Orr scored five touchdowns and rushed for 196 yards in his team’s 55-42 victory over Marion Harding on a wild opening night at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
“We did what we wanted to, offensively,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “We didn’t do what we wanted to do on defense.”
Orr scored in all four quarters of Friday’s game. He started with a powerful 1-yard dive late in the first. Then he added scores from 5, 3 and 7 yards out. But Orr’s most impressive touchdown came with 3:31 to go in the fourth, when he took a handoff up the middle and sprinted past the entire Harding defense for a 57-yard score.
Orr’s five touchdowns matched the most scored by one Yellow Jacket in a game since Jim Byrd scored six in a game in 1964.
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