FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon football team took hold of the conference traveling trophy Friday, Anthony Burnett surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season and the Marauders broke a two-game losing streak to Hancock County rival Greenfield-Central with a demonstrative 54-13 victory.
Behind it all, or more precisely in front of it, was a Mt. Vernon offensive line that paved the way for 442 rushing yards on 48 carries against the Cougars, with Burnett (165 yards, three touchdowns) and Tyler Dicks (176 yards, two touchdowns) doing most of the damage.
“They won the line of scrimmage,” said G-C head coach Roger Dodson, who called Mt. Vernon the best team the Cougars have faced this season. “They run a unique offense, but they’ve got the people to do it. They’re a strong, physical team and they really kind of took it to us.”
The Marauders, who operate a version of the wing-T offense featuring multiple options out of a tight formation, raced to a 21-0 lead, with Burnett (34 yards), Dicks (50 yards) and Andy Spears (two yards) punching first-quarter touchdown runs. The early scoring blitz erased any chance of a repeat of last season’s 6-0 overtime win by the Cougars, or the 14-6 G-C win of 2010.
Mt. Vernon coach Doug Armstrong believes the core of his team’s offense — the highest-scoring in the state in Class 4A — is in the trenches.