MT. VERNON - The Mt. Vernon Middle School football team went up against a tough Pendleton squad on Thursday, Oct. 10, and dropped a 40-14 decision to the Little Bucs.
Pendleton scored twice in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead before the Cougars were able to answer.
Zach DeRosier scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Blake Tull and Tull caught a 64-yard pass from DeRosier to tie the score at 14-14 in the second period.
Pendleton put another touchdown on the board just before halftime to hold a 20-14 lead at the break.
"They have a very tough football team," Mt. Vernon coach Pete Piazza said.
In the second half it was all Pendleton as the Little Bucks poured it on to claim the victory.
Mt. Vernon did have a good offensive performance, gaining 294 yards on the ground and another 216 through the air.
Tull gained 114 yards on 12 carries, Mark Salvino picked up 79 yards on 12 attempts and DeRosier netted 48 yards on five carries.
The Cougars also had two touchdowns called back on penalties.
"Penalties hurt us and this was one of the reasons we lost the game," Piazza said.
On defense, DeRosier had five unassisted tackles.
Mt. Vernon plays its last home game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 19, against Redmond. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.