MARION — A comeback by the Mount Vernon football team fell a bit short Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets trailed host Marion Harding 14-0 in the second half of their non-league contest before rallying. After pulling within two points, the rally stopped with an interception return for a touchdown by Harding’s Kwauve Booker.

Booker had put the Presidents up 14-0 with a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. That followed a 15-yard touchdown pass from Noah Thompson to Ryan Adkins in the first quarter.

Mount Vernon came roaring back, scoring two straight touchdowns. Noah Hubbard plunged in from one-yard out, then Wyatt Gregory followed with his own 1-yard score to pull the Jackets close. The PAT kick was blocked on the first score and the run failed on the second, keeping the Jackets down by two.

The Jackets had the ball and a chance to take the lead late in the game, but Booker came up with an interception with 2:41 left and raced 25 yards for the back-breaking touchdown.

Hubbard finished a tough night completing 9 of 25 passes for 77 yards. He had five passes picked off by the Presidents. Trey Davidson caught four of those balls for 47 yards. Ashton Fisher led the Jackets on the ground with 67 yards rushing on just eight carries. Gregory added 44 yards on 17 carries.

Thompson completed 6 of 11 passes for 92 yards for Harding.

The Jackets will return home next Friday, taking on rival Newark at 7 p.m.



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