FORTVILLE — Injuries suffered by the Mt. Vernon football team could turn out to hurt MV opponents the most.
With running back Dan Werner hobbled by a leg injury, little brother Pete Werner got his first carries Friday against visiting Marion and helped the Marauders dominate in a 55-26 win.
Class 4A No. 5-ranked MV led 42-6 at halftime then let off the gas against the overmatched Giants (0-2).
Pete Werner, a freshman, gained 111 yards on 15 carries, including his first career touchdown two minutes into the game to give MV a 7-0 lead.
Werner, whose junior brother was sidelined with an ankle injury, finished with two scores. Fellow running backs Alec Lohman (two touchdowns, 66 yards), Brayton Shannon (one TD, 85 yards) and Caleb White (one TD, 19 yards) showed off the Marauders’ skill depth.
Dan Werner had 97 yards on the ground in a win over Kokomo last week before his injury, while Lohman missed the game with a leg injury. The duo were projected as the Marauders’ primary ball carriers, but their teammates have emerged as capable as well.
“I think we can use them both,” MV coach Doug Armstrong said with a smile when asked if Dan Werner had lost his job to Pete. “Being able to have several different guys we can count on, obviously it helps.”
Dan Werner will likely return to the lineup next Friday in the Hoosier Heritage Conference opener against Yorktown (2-0).
Starting two-way lineman Wyatt Gutierrez (illness) was also absent from the lineup against Marion, and he should be ready to go next week.
None of the ailments mattered against the Giants, who have been outscored by MV 160-92 the last three seasons. The first two editions of the series weren’t as out of hand as early as this one.