MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon’s offense is quickly becoming known as a two-headed monster.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald and running back J.D. Orr combined for 396 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as Mount Vernon outpaced the winless Big Walnut Golden Eagles on Friday, 58-35, at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
“Our offense is really coming together,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “We’ve got some talented backs.”
Orr finished with 243 yards on 39 carries — both career highs — while catching one Fitzgerald pass for 27 yards. He appeared to be getting stronger every time he touched the ball. Orr broke tackles at the line of scrimmage on nearly every carry, leaving a virtual sea of Golden Eagle white and yellow on the ground behind him.
His most impressive run was also his longest. Late in the first quarter, on the first play of the Jackets’ third drive, Orr was hit behind the line of scrimmage when the offensive line was pushed back into him. He turned left and ran around the line, but was immediately hit by two defenders. Orr spun around, lost both defenders — one of whom had been tugging his shirt — then sprinted away from everyone else on the field.
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