MT. VERNON —
The Rams answered in the second half with a pair of third-quarter scores to seize control of the game. They never trailed again and held off Carbondale late.
“I think our kids, especially late in games, they step up and become even more physical,” Shaner said. “I feel like running the ball for the most part this year we have worn people down. I think if we probably went by quarters or even halves, I would guess our running game gets stronger by the numbers as the game goes on.”
The Rams will become playoff eligible with five wins and playoff points function as the tiebreaker, if needed. Playoff points are comprised from the total wins a team's opponents have accumulated during the course of the season. Mt. Vernon is currently among the leaders in the category for 5A schools.
Shaner said he was optimistic about the next several weeks, but he added that challenges await each week.
“We're got three difficult games left, but I also know that or believe that we're a good football team,” Shaner said. “I think we're physical and that can really benefit and pay off in these last few games.”
The final push for the playoffs starts Friday night at Cahokia.