Orr leads Jackets to victory
Saturday, October 5th
Kristi Allen/Special to the News
Mount Vernon defenders, including Chase Gallagher (75), Lucas Staten (24) and Josh Edwards (3), tackle an Olentangy Orange ballcarrier during Friday’s Ohio Capital Conference game. The Yellow Jackets won, 21-7.
DELAWARE — Two Ohio Capital Conference teams met on the field at Olentangy Orange High School on Friday night, but Mount Vernon had that little extra spark in running back J.D. Orr to win, 21-7.
Orr, after a down game against Worthington Kilbourne last week, came back to life for the Jackets (4-2), rushing 27 times for 167 yards. Ryan Fitzgerald ran for 42 yards on 12 carries from the QB spot, but completed only three passes for 40 yards and tossed two interceptions. Mount Vernon was quite successful on third downs, making 6-of-11, but its 21 points was a season-low total for a Pioneer team that regularly has allowed over 40 points per contest.
The Jackets defense had a very good game. They held Orange (0-6) to 3.0 yards per carry and 130 total, and just 8-of-19 passing for 116 yards. That 246 yards, however, matched Mount Vernon’s total, and the Jackets also shot themselves in the foot with 130 penalty yards. Mount Vernon made up some of that by holding the Pioneers to 3-of-11 on third downs and 0-of-5 on fourth downs.
The first quarter was nearing completion when the Jackets scored courtesy of their defense. Nate Davis picked off a Will Phillis pass and scored with 1:07 to play in the first quarter.
Mount Vernon had a big punt return by Lucas Staten negated by a penalty in the second quarter which cost it 30 yards of field position, but the Jackets sustained the drive anyway. Orr punctuated the drive with a 19-yard TD run with 5:02 to play, and Mount Vernon held a 14-0 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers finally put a drive together in the third quarter. Orange got the ball all the way to the Jacket 1-yard line when Blake Skuratovic plunged in to cut the lead in half, 14-7, at the 7:43 mark.
Mount Vernon’s defense held, however, despite some of the struggles of the offense. The Jackets finally finished off another drive on Orr’s second touchdown of the game, a 4-yarder, with 3:13 to play in the fourth quarter.
Mount Vernon had five tackles for loss in the game, three by Joey Upton, who finished with six tackles overall.
Alex Menzo paced the Pioneers with 13 carries for 63 yards, and Skuratovic added 57 yards on 10 carries. Phillis was 7-of-18 for 111 yards, and Skuratovic hauled in two passes for 53 yards.
Mount Vernon returns home for a two-week homestand that begins next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Big Walnut.
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