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Tough weekend for the Mustangs
September 28, 2013

Crystal Eskelsen

Sun sports

It was one of those extra painful losses.

The Mustangs travelled to Monticello Friday night and suffered a 22-18 loss to the Panthers in Class 2A, District 4 action.

"It was a tough weekend," said Duane Orr, Mount Vernon head coach. "Life has a way of reminding you that it is a short distance from the penthouse to the outhouse."

Mount Vernon had more rushing yards and more passing yards than Monticello, but also had more turnovers with six to the Panthers' four.

"You are not going to beat anybody when you have six turnovers," Orr said. "It was so uncharacteristic of our team."

Mount Vernon was leading the game 18-15 after scoring a touchdown off a Monticello turnover. Mustang Robbie Peters sacked the Panther ball carrier and stripped the ball loose, and then Trey Ryan picked up the fumbled football and scrambled 52 yards for the touchdown.

The crushing blow came in the fourth quarter with three-and-a-half minutes to play in the game.

Monticello's Peyton Paddock intercepted a Mustang pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown, and then tacked on the extra point to give the Panthers a 22-18 lead.

The Mustangs were unable to put any more points on the board, and Monticello walked away with the win.

Mount Vernon took the lead early in the game following a Ryan three-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick failed and the Mustangs led, 6-0.

Then Monticello scored three points on a Paddock 28-yard field goal in the second quarter and by halftime the score was 6-3 in favor of the Mustangs.

The Panthers scored twice to start the third quarter - one a passing play and one a rushing - to take the 15-6 lead.

"They started with the ball in the second half and did exactly what they needed to do," Orr said. "And we just didn't."

Mount Vernon did score in the third quarter, this time on a Ryan 31-yard run, making the score 15-12.

Ryan was the leading rusher for the Mustangs with 16 carries for 69 yards and three touchdowns. Mount Vernon's leading receiver was Connor Herrmann with two catches for a total of 32 yards.

The Mustangs play at Northeast Goose Lake Friday.

Mount Vernon vs. Monticello

MON 22, MV 18

MV 6 0 6 6 18

MON 0 3 12 7 22


Rushing 34-154 41-129

Passing 7-22-4 4-17-2

Pass yds 59 46

Punts 6-236 8-274

Mustang stat leaders

Rushing (carries-yds): Ryan 16-69, Pisarik 6-60, Hines 10-20, Hook 1-5

Passing (comp-att-int): Pisarik 5-16-2, Hook 2-6-2

Receiving (catches-yds): Herrmann 2-32, Ryan 2-24, L.Muller 1-4, See 1-2

Interceptions: Herrmann 1, L.Muller 1

Fumble recoveries: Maddock 1, Ryan 1

Tackles: Kuntz 11, Dahlstrom 7, Peters 7, Pisarik 7, Cannon 6, Herrmann 5, Lamparek 5, Ryan 4, Abresch 3, Drahos 2, Hof 2

Sacks: Cannon 1, Peters 1

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