CRANE - The Mt. Vernon Middle School football team finished the 2003 season on a winning note on a snowy field in Crane on Thursday, Oct. 30, defeating the Mustangs 18-8 in an eight-man game.

The victory evens the Mustangs' season record at 4-4.

"There were about two inches of snow on the ground at the start of the game and by the time it ended, there was about four inches," Mt. Vernon coach Pete Piazza said.

Mt. Vernon led the entire game and nearly had a shutout until Crane scored late in the fourth quarter

Piazza said the eighth-grade players started the game and he started making substitutions in the second quarter.

"By the third quarter, it was pretty much all seventh-grade players," he said.

Mt. Vernon had 145 yards in rushing offense and was 3-for-4 in passing. The long pass of the game was caught by Cash Wenick covering 35 yards.

Wenick scored one touchdown for Mt. Vernon and Michael Duckett scored another on a fake punt.

"We ran the fake punt once for a touchdown and it got called back on a penalty," Piazza said. "We came right back and ran it again and Michael Duckett took it in on the second try."

The awards banquet for the team will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Grant Union High School.

"This was a good season for us and we are excited about our prospects for next year," Piazza said.

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