Mt. Vernon gives Delta first loss of season


Mt. Vernon’s Luke Ertel drops back to pass in the Marauders game against Franklin. On Friday, Ertel threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another in a 31-20 win over Delta.

Tom Russo | Daily Reporter

Staff report

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon scored the first 10 points of the second half to break a 14-14 halftime tie, and went on to defeat Delta 31-20 at Mt. Vernon High School Friday.

The Marauders jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Domanic Barnett caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Luke Ertel for the game’s opening score with 6:56 left in the first quarter. Joliba Brogan added a 1-yard TD run, set up his 25-yard dash to the Delta 1, with 43 seconds left in the quarter.

Delta answered with 14 second-quarter points.

With 4:40 left in the third quarter, Rylan Vinard, who had kicked two PATs in the first half, gave the Marauders the lead with a 39-yard field goal.

On a second-and-17 play from the Delta 31, Ertel connected with Kaidan Smith on a fourth-quarter score to increase Mt. Vernon’s lead to 24-14 with 8:53 to go.

Delta cut it to 24-20, but late in the fourth quarter and deep in its own territory, a failed fourth-down conversion gave the Marauders the ball with great field position.

The last MV score came on an Ertel 7-yard run with 1:58 remaining in the game.

The win ends a Marauder two-game losing streak. Mt. Vernon is 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Delta came in ranked No. 9 in Class 3A and was undefeated on the season. The Eagles are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the HHC.

Mt. Vernon hosts Pendleton Heights (3-2, 1-2) Friday. Delta is also home next week against New Castle (1-4, 0-3).