Aces lose tough one to Mount Vernon, fall to 1-1 on season
MOUNT VERNON, Ind. -- After last Friday’s victory against Harrisburg, Mount Carmel seemed poised to keep the momentum going against Mt. Vernon -- that did not happen, as the Aces struggled with sustaining drives and consistency, dropping to Mt. Vernon 41-12 on Friday night at Mount Vernon High School.
The first half was much closer than the score would indicate. Mount Vernon (2-1) received the ball first and on the second play of the game attempted a double pass, which the Wildcats punched in for a touchdown, but would be called back for a hold against Mt. Vernon -- a lucky break for the Aces (1-1). The Wildcats continued to march it on the Aces despite the penalty, taking it 91 yards for a touchdown drive, this time capped off by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Rhett Snodgrass to Logan Thomas.
The remainder of the first quarter so both teams attempt fourth down conversions and fail. Mt. Carmel in particular tried a 4th and four from Mt. Vernon’s 29-yard line, but junior running back Aden Gill was stuffed for a loss on the play and turned it over on downs.
As the first quarter ended, Mt. Carmel quarterback threw a big pass to set up the Aces in Mount Vernon territory heading into the second quarter. The Aces capped this drive off early in the second quarter, as Applebey completed a big fourth down conversion on a 37-yard touchdown pass to senior Austin Rager. The conversion attempt failed on the play, with the Aces now trailing 7-6.
Late in the fourth quarter the Wildcats mustered another drive, this time a big pass interference call set up Mt. Vernon at the Mt. Carmel 20-yard line, which they punched in the next play to bring the margin to 14-6 at the half.
The second half was a tough half for the Aces. On the second play of the half Applebey threw an interception, but the Aces defense made a big stand and got the ball back with good field position after a botched Mt. Vernon punt. The Ace advanced the ball to the Mt. Vernon 11-yard line, but were forced to try a fourth down conversion after unsuccessfully getting the first down. Applebey threw a pass that would have been a touchdown, but was dropped, as the Aces turned it over on downs deep in the Wildcats territory. This proved to be a real turning point in the game.
The next drive Mount Vernon punched in another Snodgrass-Thomas 27-yard touchdown to cap an 88-yard drive.Mount Carmel turned it over on downs once again on the ensuing drive, then Mount Vernon attempted another double pass on the first play following the turnover, this time a touchdown again, but no holding call, setting the score at 28-6 just before the end of the third quarter.
“They moved it up and down the field on us but we kind of kept them out of the end zone,” coach Michael Brewer spoke of his team’s defense. “But we just had some mistakes that we can’t have. Guys double passing behind us, we talked about it, not getting lined up right.”
Mount Carmel started their drive at the 29-yard line looking to bounce back in desperation, but Applebey was picked off again, setting up another Mount Vernon touchdown drive, bringing the score to 34-6 after a missed PAT.
The Aces continued to make efforts to get points on the board, but Applebey had a pass sail on him that Mount Vernon returned 68 yards for an interception touchdown which made the score 41-6.
They brought in reserves for much of the remainder of the fourth quarter, and sophomore Isaiah Appleton found success on the ground game, punching in a 7-yard touchdown rush which set the score to its final, 41-12.
Applebey threw 14-25 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown, but three interceptions in the defeat. Rager caught five passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, Gill rushed the bulk of the carries for the Aces, 12 attempts for 35 yards. Mount Carmel had 312 yards of total offense.
The Aces defense allowed 406 total yards of offense to Mount Vernon, a number the coaches will really want to improve on.
Coach Brewer really harped on consistency after the game, a task that his club will work on heading into next Friday.
“We just have to be more consistent, in our practices, each day of the week, each play of the game,” coach Brewer said. “Be more consistent lining up and executing our assignments. We had too many blown assignments and just offensively we’re just not executing very well right now.”
The Aces will make their home opener against Princeton next Friday (Sept. 7) at 7 p.m. Coach Brewer hopes that his team will take this experience and learn from it, with a friendly field helping.
“We’ll find out how mentally tough we are this week,” coach Brewer said. “If we can buckle down and get back to work, or if we’re going to hang on to this and keep this in the back of our heads.”
MC 0 6 0 6 -- 12
MV 7 7 14 13 -- 41