MUNCIE — Doug Armstrong pushed. His team pushed back.
A week after being challenged by its head coach, the Mt. Vernon football team squashed Muncie South 65-13 in a Week 4 non-conference battle.
Behind 581 yards rushing, it was a dominating performance by the Marauders (3-1) against a struggling Muncie South (0-4) program.
The resounding victory — and effort — was just what Armstrong was looking for following last week’s 49-24 loss to Yorktown. The defeat snapped MV’s seven-game Hoosier Heritage Conference win streak and dropped the program out of the Class 4A top 10 rankings.
Armstrong went on to call his squad’s performance “soft” and questioned its passion.
Walking off the Muncie South field Friday, the veteran coach was pleased with his “tough dudes.”
“Obviously an improvement,” he said. “Our week of practice was … we started last Saturday morning with just drill, drill, drill, drill. And didn’t worry too much about prepping for Muncie South as much as we did fundamentals, because that’s what you need to do with young teams.”
The Marauders raced to a 37-0 halftime lead over the Rebels on two touchdowns apiece from junior backs Dan Werner and Brayton Shannon, a safety by Lucas Rice and a 44-yard touchdown reception by Ross Houk from Mitch Walrod.