MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon football team has faced some big challenges so far this year. But, Friday night’s contest at Wooster may be the biggest — literally.
The Yellow Jackets return to Ohio Cardinal Conference play at Wooster, facing the big and physical Generals at 7 p.m.
“They are a big, physical team. Their offensive line is huge and they’ve got a big running back, that’s 6-2, 225,” Mount Vernon coach Mike Kerr said. “They will give us problems because of their size. They are probably the biggest team we’ve faced so far. A physical team on both sides of the ball.”
Senior Brayden Taylor is that physical running back for the Generals and will look to pound the Jackets behind a line that averages about 270 pounds.
The Generals (3-3) also have a dual-threat quarterback in Owen Roach. The junior signal caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 209 yards and added another 103 yards rushing in a 33-21 victory over West Holmes last week.
“He’s (Roach) a big, tall kid who can run. He presents a challenge for us,” Kerr said. “We need to understand how to read their keys. We’ve got to focus everywhere, and not just one spot.”
While the Generals may be a run-first offense, they can hurt a defense with the passing game. Last week, Roach hit seven different targets in the win.
Wooster has been on a bit of a roll lately, winning its last three games after starting the season 0-3. The losses were all to teams with winning records, but the Generals got it figured out quickly once the OCC started, beating Madison, Lexington and then West Holmes.
To stay with the Generals, Mount Vernon will have to cut back on its mistakes. Whether it be a penalty or a turnover, Kerr said his team must do a better job limiting those issues.
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