MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon football team snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory last Friday. This Friday, the Jackets will be put to the test when the high-flying Tygers of Mansfield Senior come to town.

The Tygers have scored less than 20 points in just two ball games this year. One of those, though, was this past Friday when Wooster handed them their only loss of the season, 18-17.

“Obviously, they are an extremely athletic team that’s very well coached. They really get after it on both sides of the ball,” said Mount Vernon coach Mike Kerr. “They’ve got a lot of speed and some good size. It will be a tough matchup on both sides of the ball.”

The Tygers (7-1 overall, 3-1 Ohio Cardinal Conference) have beaten teams with the big play all year. Kerr said every tape he’s watched has what seems like a 50-plus yard touchdown on it.

They are led by their big, athletic quarterback, Cameron Todd (6-foot-3, 210 pounds). Todd was 13 of 19 for 136 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown strike to Michigan State signee Angelo Grose.
Mansfield can also run the ball, led by the two-headed monster of Terrance Flickinger and Amajeon Robertson. That’s a lot of weapons for the Jackets’ defense to worry about.

“With their speed, we’ve got to keep the ball in front of us and not give up the home run play,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to limit their big plays and make them drive the field. Even a 10 or 15 yard play is better than a 50-yarder.”

One way to keep the Tygers from going crazy offensively is to keep the ball away from their offense. The Jackets (5-3, 2-2) feel they have that capability with their running game, led by Wyatt Gregory who has 1,544 yards this season.

The key, Kerr feels, is establishing the run with his big horses in the trenches.

“We’ve got to establish our physicality and run the football,” he said. “They are very physical up front. If we can win the battle on the line, we’ve got a chance to win the football game.”

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