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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon football coach Mike Kerr knows his team can’t sleep on Lexington.
The Minutemen may not have won a game yet, but two of their losses were by less than one touchdown. Plus, they have plenty of talent, led by Ohio State commit Cade Stover.
“Obviously, they revolve around No. 8, Cade Stover. He’s a big-time recruit,” Kerr said. “But, as a team they are very well coached and physical. They like to run the ball and a do a great job of stopping the run. It’ll be a fun matchup.”
The teams will tangle this Friday in the opening of the Ohio Cardinal Conference at Lexington with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
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The Yellow Jackets (2-1) have won two straight, including a come-from-behind 20-10 victory over a big and physical Buckeye Valley squad last week. Kerr expects another battle with a big, physical Lexington team this Friday.
A big reason for the win streak is the Jackets’ running game, led by the two-pronged attack of Ashton Fisher and Wyatt Gregory. Fisher has scored three touchdowns in two straight games and has rushed for 309 yards overall.
“Coming into the season, we knew Ashton was a big part of what we wanted to do. We felt the combination of throwing to him and him running the ball would be tough to handle,” Kerr said. “We’ve really figured out our two-back system with him and Wyatt.”
Even with all that talent in the backfield, the Jackets wouldn’t be putting up 26 points a game without the help of the big guys up front. Kerr said the offensive line has done a great job creating holes for Fisher and Gregory (231 yards), despite teams putting seven or eight in the box.
Stover and his defensive teammates will be a handful for the Jackets, but Kerr feels his team is up to the challenge.
“We’ve got to make sure we identify where Stover is and either formation away from him or do a good job of getting a blocker on him. We can’t go away from who we are. We’ve got to continue to run the football,” Kerr said.
Defense has also been a big key in the Jackets’ two victories. The front line of Gabe Harmon, Easton Groom, Mason Durfee and Charlie Bonham have done a phenomenal job, Kerr said. Their play also helps free up linebackers Harry Ogle and Will Small to do their damage.
They will have their work cut out for them this Friday, though. Stover can beat teams running or catching the ball, and the Minutemen also have an option in Kayden Berry, who rushed for 100 yards against Shelby. Quarterback Jake Depperschmit and wide out Josh Aiello can also burn a team down the field.
“They (Lexington) want to run the ball first, both with Stover and Berry. It’ll be strength on strength. Whoever wins that battle will have a really good chance of winning the game,” Kerr said.
What it comes down to is the men in the trenches, Kerr said. Whoever controls the line of scrimmage will control the game.