Four battling to run MV's altered offense

FORTVILLE — After point per game averages of 41 and 33 aided a 20-5 record over the past two seasons, Mt. Vernon’s isn’t about to completely overhaul its successful double-wing offense.

At the same time, fans of the black and gold should prepare themselves for more Ferrari in MV’s offensive attack in 2014 in place of the overwhelmingly Monster Truck-style that coach Doug Armstrong has favored his first three seasons in Fortville.

The reasoning is simple.

“We don’t have the same type of players to run over everybody. We don’t have the same type of players to run our normal double-wing attack,” said Armstrong, the owner of 77 career wins as he embarks on his 14th season as a head coach. “We’re going to spread things out a little bit – let the quarterback throw the ball, let the quarterback run the ball.”

That statement is a bit surprising considering Mitch Walrod, last year’s starting quarterback, averaged less than six passing attempts per game and rarely carried the ball. The new signal-caller stands to inherit much more ball-handling responsibility.

The quarterback derby is a four-man competition between seniors-to-be Caleb White (five-foot-10, 160 pounds and Brendan Bradfield (5-10, 165) plus rising sophomores Braydon Augustinovicz (5-10, 140) and Pete Werner (6-1, 170).

White has played quarterback in the past, but stuck to defensive back and kick/punt return duties in 2013. Werner earned starts in both the offensive and defense backfields as a true freshman, ranking fourth on the squad in rushing and tackles. Armstrong likes the athleticism Bradfield and Augustinovicz bring to the table.

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