As far as Doug Armstrong is concerned, the Mt. Vernon team that showed up Friday against Yorktown was unrecognizable.
After enduring a 49-25 defeat to the Tigers — the most points surrendered by the Black Out defense in Armstrong’s 26 games as head coach, and the highest point total yielded by a Marauder outfit since a 49-13 sectional loss to Delta on Oct. 31, 2008 — Armstrong was disappointed with the way his offense blocked and the way his defense let Yorktown run wild.
Most of all, Armstrong voiced concern with the overall psyche of his program.
“I just think that we’re under the impression that we’re going go out there every Friday and have the same result (11-2) as last year. And the difference was last year we played our hearts out every play. It’s not just going to happen because it happened last year — we’ve got to make it happen,” he said. “I think we’re having trouble handling some of that success, and it’s surprising to me because we had such a good offseason in the weight room.
“We played kind of soft and Yorktown took it to us. Hopefully we can learn from it.”