FORTVILLE — Nine wins in 12 games is a good season, right?
The 2013 Mt. Vernon Marauders finished 9-3, scoring 33 points per game and completing a two-year stretch during coach Doug Armstrong’s second and third seasons in Fortville with 20 wins – the most for the program in that amount of time in at least 20 years.
But it’s the way the season ended that’s driving the 2014 Marauders.
“That New Pal game was pretty bad, and it’s still sour in the mouths of the people who played in it,” said Dan Werner, a senior two-way starter for Mt. Vernon.
It’s hard to blame him.
Werner is referencing MV’s 33-0 loss to rival New Palestine in the sectional championship game, an especially brutal defeat for Werner & Co. considering a sectional straight sectional crown was on the line, and the result came three weeks after the Dragons blanked the black-and-gold at home in both teams’ regular-season finale, ensuring the Boundary Rail would return to southern Hancock County and also that Mt. Vernon would miss out on at least a share of a two consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference titles.