Marauders defense hitting its stride

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MUNCIE — The Mt. Vernon football team just keeps getting better.

With the sectional opener 14 days away, the Marauders’ ever-dominant performance could mean bad news for opponents.

Delta was Class 4A No. 9 Mt. Vernon’s latest victim Friday. The Marauders compiled 415 yards rushing and the varsity defense first unit extended its shutout streak to 14 straight quarters in a 35-0 victory over the Eagles.

With the win in the next-to-last week of the regular season, Mt. Vernon (7-1, 6-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) wrapped up sole possession of its first HHC championship since 2003.

“We like the conference championship, but everybody on this team wants more than that,” said MV fullback Andy Spears, who ran for two touchdowns and 96 yards. “This is good, but this group of seniors, this team isn’t satisfied yet.”

Not since their lone loss of the season — a Week 1 setback to 5A Kokomo — have the Marauders been truly challenged. But a road trip to Delta (5-3, 4-2 HHC) figured to present at least the possibility of a speed bump for the Marauders, who entered the week as the highest scoring team in the state in 4A.

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