GREENFIELD — Mt. Vernon took care of business to begin its three-game march to potentially clinch a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference title.
And with Delta looming next week, the road only gets tougher for the defending conference champs.
4A No. 10 MV improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in HHC play by thumping G-C 55-0 Friday night at Cougar Stadium.
With New Palestine shutting out Shelbyville 44-0 and Yorktown topping Pendleton Heights 78-49 Friday, the Marauders are alone in third place in the conference standings behind the Dragons (4-0 HHC) and Yorktown (4-1).
Mt. Vernon will host NP (7-0 overall) to end the regular season on Oct. 18.
But first, the Marauders needed to handle the Cougars, and they did just that by scoring the most points by an MV outfit in this Hancock County matchup in at least 20 years.
Greenfield-Central fell to 1-6 and 0-4 in HHC play.
“We came out the way that we should’ve. I thought we pretty much did what we wanted in the first quarter. The second quarter was disappointing and we talked about it halftime,” Mt. Vernon coach Doug Armstrong said. “Once we got the ball in third quarter, we were able to go back to what we were doing earlier.”
Relying on its three horsemen — Dan Werner (130 rushing yards, 8.7 yards per carry, one rushing touchdown), Alec Lohman (125 yards, nine YPC) and Brayton Shannon (83 yards, 9.2 YPC, three rushing TDs) — the Marauders accumulated 401 rushing yards on 52 carries, good for an average of 7.7 yards per tote.