MT. VERNON —
The Rams defense excelled against the Indians from the start.
The Rams shutout Mascoutah in the opening half, and the Indians finished with just 14 offensive plays in the first 24 minutes of action.
The Indians all but abandoned their traditional run game in the second half. Mascoutah spread the field and tried to let quarterback Tim Parks pick apart the Rams secondary or run.
“Other than a few short hitch routes and some curls, I felt like our defensive backs stayed on top of deep balls,” Shaner said. “We came up at the end and just rallied to the football and kept them inbounds and just did the things we needed to do.”
The Rams created a turnover and finished with five sacks of Parks. Several came in the closing minutes with Parks trying to rally the Indians.
Mt. Vernon's special teams also turned in a highlight Friday night. The Rams just missed recovering an onside kick to open the game. Midway through the first quarter, they didn't miss another onside opportunity. The ball bounced around midfield, and Tyler Knutson hopped on it for the recovery.
Mt. Vernon gets its first home game of the season this week against Triad.