For the last 15 years, Mt. Vernon has ended its season playing Greenfield-Central, Delta and New Palestine.
It’s been a historically tough stretch for the Marauders.
Nine times they’ve finished the GC-DE-NP slate with a losing mark, including a quintet of 0-3s.
However, MV went 3-0 last fall — its first time finishing its tough season-ending stretch with a winning mark since 2003.
4A No. 10 Mt. Vernon (5-1, 2-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) starts its yearly season-defining home stretch Friday at Greenfield-Central (1-5, 0-3 HHC). Another perfect run would give the Marauders at least a share of its second straight conference crown.
“We’re looking forward to playing our best football at end of the season,” MV coach Doug Armstrong said. “We know we’ve got some goals that can be obtained if we do that.
“We absolutely understand that it won’t be easy by any stretch. It will require us to improve substantially each day to get ready for those games.”
Unsurprisingly, the black and gold’s ground game has played a major role in its success thus far, and will be vital to any prosperity moving forward.
After losing Hancock County co-Players of the Year Anthony Burnett, Tyler Dicks and Andy Spears — who combined for 66 rushing TDs and 3,936 yards in 2012 — to graduation, preseason questions surfaced about what player or players would replace that staggering production.
And while Alec Lohman (592 yards, 6 TDs, 8.7 yards per carry), Dan Werner (582 yards, 6 TDs, 7.1 YPC) and Brayton Shannon (472 yards, 7 TDs, 6.2 YPC) haven’t compiled the gaudy stats of the Burnett-Dicks-Spears trio, they’ve done more than an adequate job of filling in.