ZANESVILLE — Mount Vernon and Zanesville forced seven turnovers between them on Friday, and one of those resulted in a touchdown for the host Blue Devils, providing the difference in a 38-30 nonconference victory.
The Yellow Jackets (4-2) committed three turnovers, two on fumbles, and Zanesville (5-1) threw three interceptions and lost one on the ground. Those were the only things stopping two powerful offenses, as the Blue Devils gained 468 total yards and Mount Vernon 399.
The Jackets held the upper hand early, getting a 15-yard Wyatt Gregory touchdown run with four minutes to play in the first quarter, but Zanesville tied the game at 7 on Ben Everson’s 13-yard run with 41 seconds left.
Gregory scored his second TD of the game at the 8:15 mark of the second quarter, but Everson’s 37-yard run with six minutes to go had the score tied at 14. But Gregory coughed up the ball with under a minute to play, and the Blue Devils’ Zarek Morgan took it 29 yards to the house to give them a 22-14 halftime lead.
Everson extended the lead to 25-14 in the third quarter for Zanesville on a 21-yard field goal, and the lead increased to 32-14 on Everson’s 8-yard run with 9:41 to play in the game. But Mount Vernon had a lot left, and QB Trey Davidson hit Gavin Moyer for a 9-yard scoring pass with 6:28 that, with Ryan Tiell’s two-point conversion catch, left the Jackets down 32-22.
Mount Vernon provided its own good break, blocking the extra point after a Jordan Martin 3-yard run put Zanesville up, 38-22, with 2:56 to play. A touchdown and conversion now could get the Jackets within one score, and they got it with 37 seconds remaining, as Tiell caught a 4-yard pass from Davidson. Gregory punched in on the two-pointer to cut the lead to 38-30, but the Blue Devils secured the kickoff and ran down the clock to end it.
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