After cruising past an undermanned Marion squad 55-26 in Week 2, 4A No. 5 Mt. Vernon (2-0) will receive a firm test in its Hoosier Heritage Conference opener Friday (7 p.m.) from visiting Yorktown.
The Tigers have scored 116 points in beat downs of Muncie South and Indianapolis Northwest — two squads that rank in the bottom half of the 4A Sagarin rankings — but have also shut out both opponents.
Yorktown’s offense is centered around the state’s leading rusher, senior Chandler Carroll. After gaining 1,656 yards as a junior, Carroll has picked up 427 yards on 31 carries in 2013 — good for an average of 13.8 yards per tote. Carroll’s nine rushing touchdowns are also No. 1 in the state.
“I would say their running back is as good as any runner in our conference. There might be some as good, but I don’t think there’s anybody as good as him,” MV coach Doug Armstrong said. “He’s got great vision and great ability to cut. He cuts and changes direction as good as anybody as I’ve seen in awhile. You can just tell he’s tough, he fights to stay up.”