MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Township High School Rams haven't had many moments of glory this season. The Rams are 0-4 and are dead last in the South 7 in points allowed and points scored. Twice have the Rams given up 40 or more points, and only once have they managed multiple scoring drives.
But there is one thing to claim — the Rams are currently running away with the South 7 lead in playoff points.
MVTHS, despite being 0-4, has 23 playoff points, the combined total of opponents' wins. With the next closest team at 18 points (Carbondale at 3-1), even if the Rams were 4-0, they would still lead the conference by one.
If nothing else, Mt. Vernon seems to have played far and away the toughest schedule in the conference. Instead of taking on smaller opponents like Carbondale did in its week one matchup with Murphysboro (0-4 with an enrollment of 680) or Marion's week three game against Harrisburg (2-2 with enrollment 608), the Rams opened their season against Miller Career Academy (4-0) and Niles-Notre Dame (3-1, enrollment 2,742). Even the supposed easier matchup in week three was against a Triad team that's 2-2 with enrollment barely less than Mt. Vernon.
So, while the Rams have a world of work to do if they're hoping for a playoff spot, at least if they get into a tie, they'll likely get the bump. That scenario looks far-fetched, and this week with a matchup against Marion — and its conference-best defense — doesn't look to help matters.
Half of Marion's 48 points allowed this season came against Cahokia last week, and then only in garbage time as Marion was way ahead and won 51-24.
In Black Diamond Confernce action, Sesser and Hamilton County are both still in the mix. After an opening-week loss, Sesser-Valier-Woodlawn-Waltonville has rebounded with three straight wins, and heads into week five facing the hapless Christopher-Ziegler-Royalton Co-op, leading the league in points allowed.
The Foxes, on the other hand, arehave a chance to take the air of of the Eldorado co-op. Eldorado is 3-1, but they haven't beaten a team with a winning record yet, and are coming off a 22-36 loss to Johnston city. Good chance for Hamilton County to get back above .500
South 7 Conference
Mt. Vernon 0-4
Black Diamond Conference
Johnston City 4-0
Hamilton Co. 2-2