• Fred Main/News Mount Vernon’s Wyatt Gregory, left, gets a celebratory lift from Austin Kerr (53) following Gregory’s second touchdown of the night Friday against Mansfield Senior.
  • Fred Main/News Mount Vernon running back Wyatt Gregory, center, jumps away from Ashland defenders Parker Henkel, left, and Brenden Aebersold (54) during their Ohio Cardinal Conference football game Friday at Yellow Jacket Stadium. The Jackets fell to the Arrows, 42-27.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon running back Wyatt Gregory, right, looks for running room as Marion Harding defenders DeAndre Ayers (2) and Caden Morris (21) close in Friday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Gregory and the Jackets rallied to pin a 15-14 loss on the Presidents.
  • Cameron Peters/News Mount Vernon’s Ryan Tiell (19) gets ready to collide with Lexington defender Corbin Green (17) during their Ohio Cardinal Conference football game Friday at Mount Vernon. The Jackets rallied to beat the Minutemen, 26-21.
  • Fred Main/News Mount Vernon’s Gavin Moyer (23) and Alex Mullins (12) drag down Mansfield Senior runner Cyrus Ellerbe during their Ohio Cardinal Conference football game Friday at Mount Vernon. A quick start helped the Tygers to a 34-14 victory. Coming in to help out on the play are Easton Groom (97) and Will Small (14).
  • Cameron Peters/News Mount Vernon senior Will Small (14) kicks the ball past Lexington Senior Anthony Harkness (7) on Friday Sept. 20th, 2019. With a strong comeback in the second half, Mount Vernon won 26-21.
  • Geoff Cowles/News It took a host of Madison defenders to corral Mount Vernon quarterback Trey Davidson on this play in their Ohio Cardinal Conference matchup Friday at Mount Vernon.
  • Cameron Peters/News Mount Vernon senior Trey Davidson (11) makes a touchdown on Friday. With a strong comeback in the second half, Mount Vernon beat Lexington 26-21.

MANSFIELD — Senior running back Wyatt Gregory’s huge season for the Mount Vernon football team has paid its first individual dividends, as he was named the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year in voting released on Friday.

Gregory was a huge part of the Yellow Jacket offense, rushing for 2,041 yards on 278 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per rush. That total was second in the Mount Vernon News area, as were his 126 points. His efforts helped Mount Vernon to a 6-4 season record, a three-win improvement over 2018 and the team’s best since a similar mark in 2013. Gregory was an Honorable Mention selection in 2018.

Three other Jackets earned selection to the OCC First Team, seniors Ryan Tiell and Austin Kerr and junior Easton Groom. Tiell, a First Teamer last season, paced Mount Vernon with 56 tackles. He also played offense, scoring 18 points.

Kerr, also a 2018 First Teamer, was a big man on the offensive and defensive fronts for the Jackets, opening holes for Gregory and getting one sack on defense.

Another member of both lines, Groom, was a 2018 Honorable Mention who had a pair of sacks this season.

Senior Will Small and juniors Robbie Snyder and Ethan Laslo each were selected to the Second Team. Small, a Second-Team choice in 2018, was second on the team with 51.5 tackles and one sack, and was especially good as a punter, hitting for a 39.5-yard average.

Snyder was another of the big blockers up front for Mount Vernon, while Laslo made 43.5 tackles on defense.

Three seniors closed their careers with Honorable Mention selections, Noah Humphrey, Triston Bowens and Trey Davidson.

Angelo Gross, a senior from Mansfield Senior, was named Defensive Player of the Year, and West Holmes junior Nate Ginsburg was chosen Special Teams Player of the Year. Wooster’s Doug Haas earned Coach of the Year.


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