MV passing game key in win

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FORTVILLE — Jordan Miller threw only four passes Saturday, but it might as well have been 40.

The Mt. Vernon quarterback got the rare opportunity to throw the ball out of the Marauders’ run-heavy offense Saturday against Shelbyville, and he took full advantage in a 42-0 victory.

One week after the Marauders (5-1, 4-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) rushed for 513 yards while Miller didn’t attempt a single pass in a 58-26 win over Pendleton Heights, the senior signal-caller completed 4-of-4 attempts against Shelbyville (2-4, 2-2 HHC), with each pass a key part of MV touchdown drives.

Entering the game, Miller had completed for 6-of-12 passes for 145 yards. He threw for 131 yards against a Golden Bears’ defense that held the Marauders to a season-low 170 yards on the ground and kept MV out of the end zone on its first three possessions.

“Shelbyville’s a very big physical team and they showed that at times,” MV coach Doug Armstrong said.

Anthony Burnett, the state’s 12th-leading rusher after Week 5 with 796 yards, was held to 66 yards on 18 carries Saturday in the HHC contest that was postponed Friday by rain. But, with neither team scoring in the first quarter, Miller connected with Burnett on two passes for 57 yards as the Marauders notched three second-quarter touchdowns to take a 21-0 halftime advantage. Miller also a threw a 21-yard completion in the first half to wingback Tyler Dicks to set up a touchdown.

Fullback Andy Spears (one-yard touchdown run), Dicks (10-yard touchdown run) and Burnett (10-yard run) punctuated the Marauders’ second-quarter scoring drives.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Miller said of being able to throw the football around a little. “We didn’t really have to pass — we’ve got two great backs — but it was nice.”

On the Marauders’ opening drive of the fourth quarter — with MV ahead 28-0 following a Dicks 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter — Miller registered his third touchdown pass of the season, finding tight end Dan Werner for a 53-yard strike to put the game away at 35-0. Linebacker Cody Baker completed the blowout for the Marauders with an 18-yard fumble return touchdown.

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