SECTIONAL 22 CHAMPIONSHIP
Mt. Vernon (8-3) at Delta (7-4)
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. at Delta Stadium.
COACHES: Doug Armstrong, 45-22 in sixth year at Mount Vernon, 97-78 in 16th year overall. Chris Overholt, 7-4 in first year at Delta.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Mt. Vernon, 59.59, 95th overall, 21st in Class 4A. Delta, 58.36, 102nd overall, 24th in Class 4A.
LAST OUTING: Mt. Vernon defeated Pendleton Heights, 13-0. Delta defeated Greenfield-Central, 42-21.
VS. COMMON FOES: Mt. Vernon 6-1; Delta 5-3.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Mt. Vernon 54-59, Delta 61-54.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Delta, 18-14.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Mt. Vernon, 20-19, Sep. 16, 2016.
NOTES: The Mt. Vernon Marauders come full circle on Friday night. After opening the season 1-3, including to shutout losses, they have embarked on a seven-game winning streak, which started with a come-from-behind 20-19 win on Sept. 16 at Delta. … The Marauders’ run is the longest posted by the program since 2012 when they rattled off 11 straight to win the sectional title against Delta 28-13. … Since their loss to Mt. Vernon during the regular season, the Delta Eagles finished the year 2-2 before winning their first back-to-back since weeks 1 and 2. … On offense, the Eagles rely heavily on the their rushing attack, averaging 269.9 yards per game while passing for only 93.6 for 363.5 yards total per contest. … The Marauders have found a steady balance on offense throughout their streak, averaging 186.2 yards rushing and 173.3 passing through 11 games. … Freshman halfback Charlie Spegal leads the Eagles with 154.3 yards rushing on average per game and 1,697 this season. … the underclassman has 10 100-plus yard rushing performances and 16 touchdowns on the year. … He put up 120 yards and a rushing score against Mt. Vernon in the team’s past meeting. … Delta is 2-3 at home this season while Mt. Vernon is 3-1 on the road. … The Marauders last road loss was 34-27 at Hamilton Heights in Week 1. … Mt. Vernon quarterback Zac Montgomery threw for 282 yards against Pendleton Heights in the sectional semifinal for his fifth 200-plus yard passing game … Against Delta, the Marauders defense logged a season-best 113 total tackles. … The defense has 12 interceptions on the year and 20 sacks. … The Eagles running game has churned out 200 or more yards in 10 of their 11 games. … Delta’s defense has posted 25 sacks and 13 picks. … Mt. Vernon has won five of the last six meetings against Delta.