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MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets (2-5, 0-4 OCC) put up a good fight in the first half, but the Wooster Generals (5-2, 4-0 OCC) just had too many weapons at their disposal. The Generals, up 16-7 just before the half, scored four unanswered touchdowns, drubbing the Jackets, 44-14, in their Friday night Ohio Cardinal Conference matchup at Yellow Jackets Stadium.
The biggest difference was Wooster quarterback Dylan Dagley, who was 10-for-21 passing for 116 yards and ran the ball five times for 71 yards. Those numbers were nowhere near his 327-yard performance last week against West Holmes, but this week, he made a spectacular first-quarter punt return of 89 yards. Coupled with the 23-yard field goal by Wooster kicker Joe Stoll, the Generals went on top, 10-0.
“Giving up the punt return was, obviously, a tough thing, but our kids played really hard,” Mount Vernon coach Mike Kerr said.
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The Generals, who had 91 yards on the ground in the first half, got a short TD run from running back Trevar Meese to extend their lead to 16-0. Then, Mount Vernon got a break when defensive back Sam Bethea intercepted a Dagley pass and gave the Jackets the ball near midfield. The Jackets, missing running back Ashton Fisher (sprained knee) got 29 hard-earned yards by their other ailing running back, Wyatt Gregory.
“We were doing a lot of things in that first half that we were wanting to get done — both on offense and defense,” Kerr said. “We were controlling the ball and we got first downs. When we didn’t complete a few first downs, that put us behind.”
The Jackets got the ball down to the Generals 18 yard line. From there, Mount Vernon quarterback Noah Hubbard (13-24 for 138 yards) passed to receiver Cory Berg, who made a leaping touchdown catch in the endzone.
“We tried to control the football most of the game, but that was a shot play,” Kerr said.
With the score 16-7, Dagley hit Zach Marinello in the back of the endzone with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the closing minute of the first half.
The Generals ran the ball in for three more touchdowns in the third quarter, one by Dagley (16 yards) and two more by teammate Brayden Taylor for one yard and 20 yards.
“(Dagley) is good, man,” Kerr said. “I told him after the game, ‘You’re fun to watch. I just don’t want to watch you against us anymore.’ He’s electric. He’s all over the place. He’s here. He’s there. We game planned knowing that, but he still made plays.”
Mount Vernon got 42 yards on the ground from A.J. Keen — mostly in the second half. Expect him to see more playing time. The Jackets finished things off by scoring a fourth quarter touchdown on a 45-yard reception by Gavin Moyer from Hubbard.
Next Friday, the Jackets will head up to Mansfield to take on the Madison Rams. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.