By Cory Dann
For the Herald
GOOSE LAKE — —
A lopsided loss for the Rebels doesn’t mean there were no positives to take away from a 40-0 defeat to Mount Vernon. Northeast head coach Jerad Block had a positive tone with his team following the loss.
“The way I described it to the team was we only lost the second half 7-0," he said. "We found something at halftime and played with more emotion."
The Mustangs were clicking early with a couple of quick scores after short punts. The first drive for Mount Vernon started at the Rebels' 43-yard line. It took just over three minutes for Trey Ryan to score from 5 yards out, giving the Mustangs a 6-0 lead.
A second consecutive three-and-out for Northeast and another bad punt positioned Mount Vernon at the Rebels' 37-yard line for its next drive. The Mustangs cashed in quickly on a Mickey Hines' 3-yard run, making it 12-0 for the visitors.
The Mustangs got the ball back at their own 28 after the Rebels' offense failed to move the ball. Mount Vernon proceeded to march down the field and by the start of the second quarter capped a long drive with Tommy Hook’s 1-yard plunge. The Mustangs held a 19-0 advantage after the made extra point.
Northeast was able to get things started with their its possession of the second quarter as it got into Mustangs territory, but Will Hasken's pass was picked off to put a halt to the scoring chance. Hasken finished the night going 12-for-22 with 95 yards passing. Nick Wall and Ryan Murphy reeled in most of that yardage with 41 and 28 yards, respectively.
Block said he liked the balance of his team.
“We feel that we’re fairly strong in both aspects of run and pass, but what really hurts is we can’t control the line of scrimmage, and it puts us one-sided," he said. "We’ve proven that we are able to move the ball through the air and on the ground. We’re just not able to do both at the same time.”
Tevin Stoecker paced the Rebels' running backs with 36 yards on 10 carries to go along with 18 yards receiving. Nick Bailey added 25 yards on the ground on six carries.
Hines wasted little time after the Hasken pick, scampering 64 yards to the end zone with his second touchdown. He led all rushers with 141 yards on just 11 carries. After the extra point, Mount Vernon increased its lead to 26-0.
On their last drive, the Rebels got things going on offense and got deep into the Mustangs' side of the field. A fumbled pitch allowed Mount Vernon to take over at its own 19-yard line.
Jake Pisarik finished off the first-half scoring shortly afterward as he punched it in from 7 yards out. The Mustangs scored on their first five possessions to grab a 33-0 lead heading into the half.
“Our defense was on the field a lot in the first half, and the field position put us with our backs against the wall," Block said.
The second half saw the Rebels’ defense have greater success. Mount Vernon started two more drives inside Northeast territory and allowed only a Ryan Muller 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. The Mustangs rode the continuous clock to victory.
With the loss, Northeast dropped to 0-5 on the season. It travels to Camanche next Friday to take on the Indians. Mount Vernon’s record moved to 3-2 on the year.
MOUNT VERNON 40, NORTHEAST 0
Mount Vernon 12 21 7 0 — 40
Northeast 0 0 0 0 — 0
MV – Trey Ryan 5-yard run (kick missed) 7:58
MV – Mickey Hines 3-yard run (kick missed) 4:34
MV – Tommy Hook 1-yard run (Shannon kick good) 11:14
MV – Hines 63-yard run (Shannon kick good) 8:20
MV – Jake Pisarik 7-yard run (Shannon kick good) 4:43
MV — Ryan Muller 10-yard run (Shannon kick good) 2:05
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING — Mount Vernon (38-276), Trey Ryan 14-72, Jake Pisarik 6-24, Mickey Hines 11-141, Ryan Muller 4-37, Tommy Hook 2-4, Ryan Ackerman 1- minus-2; Northeast (31-50), Tevin Stoecker 10-36, Will Hasken 15-minus-9, Nick Bailey 6-25.
PASSING — Mount Vernon (9-14-121-0), Jake Pisarik 6-9-91, Tommy Hook 3-5- 30; Northeast (12-22-95-2), Will Hasken 12-22-95-2.
RECEIVING — Receiving: Mount Vernon, Luke Muller 3-52, Johnny See 3-35, Luke Maddock 1-19, Connor Herrmann 1-9, Jake Pisarik 1-6; Northeast, Nick Wall 5-41, Ryan Murphy 3-28, Jack Murphy 1-8, Tevin Stoecker 3-18.