Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

September 17, 2013

Run game clicks for Rams

MT. VERNON — Graham Henken knows what it's like to be a lineman.

He played for several years on the line during his junior football days. He brings the same physical toughness and style to his fullback position for the Mt. Vernon football team.

It is nice to have a running back who's not afraid to go up and hit somebody or to get that extra yard by running through the tackler,” offensive lineman Eli Phillips said. “It really helps.”

Henken is one of several in a group of running backs who bring a variety of styles to this season's Rams rushing attack. The group along with the offensive line have dominated opponents over the last two weeks. Against Triad, just one Mt. Vernon runner was caught behind the line of scrimmage. It came late in the contest with the Rams up several scores.

That's huge and in the past two years we have not been good at that,” Mt. Vernon coach Jared Shaner said. “Our blocking on the perimeter has not been as good. And I think there's a whole number of reasons. I think kids are more comfortable with what we're doing. I think our kids have worked hard in the weight room. They're a little more physical.”

The Rams have racked up more than 650 yards on the ground during wins against Mascoutah and Triad. The victories have led to more wins this season than the past two seasons combined.

The offensive line behind a trio of seniors – Tyler Bradley, Eli Phillips and Josh Bourland – along with two juniors – Alex Hopkins and London Marler – have worked to open holes for a deep group of runners.

I would say right now our offensive line is doing a really good job of blocking, running some pretty good traps, and we're just getting great blocks on that,” Henken said. “It's giving me a great hole to run through.”

Text Only
Sports
  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

  • Juniors top Salem

    An early lead and strong pitching propelled the Post 141 Junior Legion team to a 3-1 win over Salem in the district tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-19 jr. legion cut Lyday shuts out Bluford MT. VERNON — Jeremiah Lyday went the distance and Mt. Vernon’s Jr. Legion squad did just enough offensively to advance in the district tournament at Brennan Klein Field on Friday.Lyday scattered three hits and recorded six strikeouts as Post 141 shut

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • cardinals.jpg Holliday powers Cardinals past Dodgers, 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered and doubled with three RBIs, and Lance Lynn won his third straight start for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0002.JPG Basketball camp concludes at Changnon

    About 75 kids in the Mt. Vernon region participated in an offensive skills basketball camp this week at Changnon Gym.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • trout.jpg Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0001.JPG Post 141 falls at Centralia

    CENTRALIA — Centralia broke a 6-6 deadlock with a four-run outburst in the seventh inning to take a 10-7 West Division Senior Legion victory over Mt. Vernon on Tuesday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports