LEWIS CENTER — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets have a share of the Ohio Capital Conference title as well as a playoff spot in their sights.
But first, they have to win.
Currently, the Jackets (6-2, 4-1 OCC) are riding a three-game winning streak. They’ll look to make that four games when they travel to Olentangy on Friday.
“It (winning) makes it fun to come to practice,” said Mount Vernon head coach Anthony Naples. “But we’re just focused on trying to get the next one.”
Mount Vernon running back J.D. Orr currently leads all area rushers with 1,503 yards in eight games. Orr had another monster game in last week’s 42-28 victory over Delaware Hayes, netting 263 yards on the ground in what was the fifth most in school history. He’s 306 yards away from tying the all-time Yellow Jacket single season rushing record, set by Matt Buirley in 1993.
“Our offensive line has to take charge again,” said Naples. “It’s going to be a difficult task, obviously. But I think our kids are up for it.”
Quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald had one of his lowest outputs of the season last week for Mount Vernon. He threw for 108 yards on 12 attempts while picking up just 37 yards on the ground. Still, it was enough.
Olentangy has a solid defensive front with hard-hitting linebackers. Getting yards this week won’t be easy for the Jackets.
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