By PAUL HINES
MT. VERNON —
Cahokia used three touchdowns in the first half to beat the Rams 20-0 Friday night.
Constant rain turned J.D. Shields Memorial Stadium into a swamp as large puddles littered the playing surface. With 4:45 left in the first half, the game was delayed by lightning. Players, fans and coaches waited about an hour before the two teams returned to action.
“It was just a very different game, I guess,” Mt. Vernon coach Jared Shaner said.
Mt. Vernon’s best offensive drive came in the middle of the third quarter. Demontez Miller-Grey had a pair of solid runs to help the Rams move near midfield. Clayton Reeves and Doug Gardner followed with runs to keep the drive alive. Then Miller-Grey took the ball from the 35-yard line only to have a Cahokia player hit him and jar the ball loose. Cahokia recovered the ball to end the Mt. Vernon threat. Gardner led the Mt. Vernon ground game with 30 yards on eight carries. Travis Mitchell added 21 yards on three carries.
“It was frustrating,” Shaner said. “It just felt like we just didn’t have as many possessions as we normally do offensively.”
The sloppy conditions made passing almost impossible for both teams. Mt. Vernon attempted five passes and completed one attempt for no yards. Cahokia attempted one pass that fell incomplete.
The Comanches were able to carve out space running the ball. Keveion Akins led the Comanches with 94 yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Darby Perry added 43 yards on 10 carries.
“I told my kids from the beginning of the game let’s not try and do anything fancy just let’s play power ball,” Cahokia coach Antwyne Golliday said.
Perry punched in the Comanches first touchdown with 3:22 left in the opening quarter. Akins scored twice in the second quarter after the lengthy delay.
“They ran a lot of downhill stuff, which gave us problems in the first half,” Shaner said.
Mt. Vernon is 0-7 this season, and Cahokia improved to 4-3.