Sept. 24: Baker 16, Mt. Vernon 12
BAKER CITY - Mt. Vernon Middle School had four touchdowns called back on penalties and dropped its first football game of the season 16-12 to Baker on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Coach Pete Piazza said the team out-played Baker and completely shut down their offense in the second half.
"We were really a much better team than they were but made some mistakes in our first game of the season," Piazza said. "We should have won."
Mt. Vernon scored the first touchdown of the game on a 45-yard run by Zach DeRosier but missed the conversion attempt.
Baker responded with a first-quarter score and was successful on its conversion attempt to take an 8-6 lead.
A 35-yard run by quarterback Blake Tull gave Mt. Vernon a 12-8 lead early in the second quarter, but Baker was able to answer on a 40-yard scoring pass to lead 16-12.
After that, both defenses took over and no additional points were put on the board.
DeRosier rushed for 172 yards before being injured in the third quarter. He also made seven unassisted tackles on defense.
Mark Salvino also had seven unassisted tackles and Dustin Silva intercepted a pass.
Piazza said Mt. Vernon was able to move the ball on the ground and racked up a total 345 yards in rushing offense. Tull was 1-for-6 in passing for 10 yards.
Sept. 26: Mt. Vernon 18, Burns 0
BURNS - The Mt. Vernon Middle School football team evened its season record at 1-1 with an 18-0 victory over Burns on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Mt. Vernon recorded a total of 250 yards in rushing offense, gaining 100 yards in the first quarter, 60 in the second, 40 in the third and 50 in the fourth.
Blake Tull rushed for 100 yards and scored twice, and Mark Salvino had 75 yards rushing and also scored a touchdown.
Mt. Vernon was 1-for-15 in passing for 5 yards and no interceptions.
Coach Pete Piazza said the team did an outstanding job on the defensive side of the ball.
"We recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass but had it called back on a penalty," he said. "We did a great job and held them scoreless. The offense also played well and we didn't fumble the ball."