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Mount Vernon sets up district title game at Williamsburg with 56-25 win over West Liberty

Mustangs clinch playoff spot as offense rolls

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Ryan Pleggenkuhle, correspondent

MOUNT VERNON — In a crucial Class 2A District 5 playoff position battle, it was Mount Vernon (6-2, 6-0) over West Liberty (4-4, 4-2), 56-25, at Cornell College’s Ash Park Field Friday night.

Mount Vernon get off to a sloppy start on Senior Night as the Mustangs fumbled the opening kickoff. The Comets needed just one play to score as Seth Feldman found playmaker Joe Kelly.

The Mustangs responded with a six-spot of their own as Blake Booth punched in a 6-yard TD.

Mount Vernon then took a 14-6 lead on a Jake Cochrane 1-yard TD run, followed by a two-point conversion.

West Liberty answered with a 51-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard TD run from Joe Baker narrowing the Mustang lead to 14-12.

Adams then found Jared Booth for a 24-yard strike on its next possession.

“The key for us in that we’re not one-dimensional, and I think that’s going to help us moving forward,” Mount Vernon Coach Lance Pedersen said.

Bruising back Sam Moore was next in line to score for Mount Vernon as he punched it in from 16 yards out to expand the lead to 28-12.

Following an interception by Colden Clark, the Mustangs struck again as Adams found Cochrane for a 56-yard TD connection, and Mount Vernon took a 36-12 lead into the half.

Cochrane then opened the second half barreling into the end zone from six yards out to extend the Mount Vernon lead.

Adams connected with both Jack Bootsmiller and Matt Gearhart for third quarter touchdowns. Adams recorded nearly 300 yards of passing and four TD’s on the night.

“A lot of our weapons showed up tonight and it was a team effort,” Adams said. “And when you have a lot of time back there, thanks to the line, it makes your job a lot easier.”

The win sets up a district title game at Williamsburg (7-1) next week.

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