LEXINGTON — The Mount Vernon football team thought it was ready for the running game of host Lexington.
The Jackets weren’t expecting to be hit by a strong passing game.
Lexington broke the Jackets early and often with its big-play capability, rolling to a 38-0 victory in Ohio Cardinal Conference action.
“They attacked us through the air. They did a great job of finding the seems in our defense,” said Mount Vernon coach Mike Kerr.
The Jackets (2-2 overall, 0-1 OCC) came out fired up, shutting down the Minutemen on the first three plays of the game. But, after a pair of punts, the Minutemen struck in the blink of an eye, needing just four plays to break the game wide open.
Jake Depperschmidt pulled off the perfect playaction pass, hitting a wide open Alex Green in stride for an 85-yard touchdown.
Then, the Minutemen (1-3, 1-0) picked off a Noah Hubbard pass, setting up Ohio State commit Cade Stover on the next play. Stover ran over and around several Jackets, racing in from 28 yards for the second score of the game.
“We thought they had a few kids that were good, and obviously, Stover is exceptional. But, we knew they had a few that could beat us and they did,” Kerr said. “We were not able to make the tackles or the plays when we needed to. We tried a few things, but it came down to blocking and tackling, and we did not get it done.”
While everyone was waiting for Stover to show why he’s a Division I talent, Depperschmidt proved he’s worth watching, as well. The senior completed 10 of 12 passes in the first half for 234 yards and three touchdowns. He hooked up with Green on another 36-yard TD play in the second quarter, then followed that up with a 40-yard TD to Stover.
Meanwhile, the Jackets managed just 30 yards of offense in the first half, including just 20 on the ground.
“They (Lexington) were coming off the ball hard. We anticipated having to get off the ball and own the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done,” Kerr said. “That’s a big part of who we are. If we can’t run the ball, it limits who we are.”
The second half was a mere formality, as Lexington chewed up seven minutes of the clock before Davis Hessman kicked a 33-yard field. That put them up by more than 30 points and turned on the running clock.
Mount Vernon did get one good drive late in the game, thanks to the throwing and running of Hubbard. Hubbard threw for 22 yards and ran for another 19 to get the Jackets down to the Lexington 24-yard line. But, he was picked off by Stover in the end zone with 1:12 left, keeping the Jackets off the board.
Hubbard finished the day completing 7 of 17 passes for 73 yards. He was picked off twice, and rushed for 10 yards on six carries. Ashton Fisher caught four of those passes for 55 yards, while Wyatt Gregory rushed for 24 yards on 11 carries.
Depperschmidt ended the day completing 14 of 18 passes for 268 yards and three scores. Josh Aiello caught four passes for 48 yards, while Green hauled in three for 138 yards.
The Jackets will travel to Ashland next Friday for a 7 p.m. start.
“I think we have to go back to the fundamentals. We’re going to get better because of this,” Kerr said.