MOUNT VERNON — There may be a parade around the high school track and cow patties on the practice field. But when the Mount Vernon High School football team takes the field against Delaware Hayes on Friday, it will be all business.
The Yellow Jackets play host to their most hated rivals in their annual Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. It also happens to be The Killbuck Savings Bank/Mount Vernon News Game of the Week.
“We put in some good time this week,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “The kids are really focused. We’re going through emotions of what this game entails, so we’re preparing properly.”
Mount Vernon (5-2, 3-1 Ohio Capital Conference) comes into Friday’s game with some momentum. The Jackets have won two straight and look to win three in a row for the first time since September 2012.
The Pacers, on the other hand, struggled to defeat winless Olentangy Orange last week. In fact, nothing has come easy for Hayes — the team has been outgained in yardage in every conference game so far this season. That includes wins over Orange and Big Walnut, both of which sport 0-7 records.
Last year’s encounter in Delaware didn’t go as well as planned for Mount Vernon. The Pacers won, 21-14, launching the Jackets on a slide that wouldn’t end until 2013.
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