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September 27, 2012

Rams try to snap losing streak at Carbondale

MT. VERNON — Last week the Rams football team nearly claimed their first win of the season.

Marion edged Mt. Vernon (0-5) by a point. This week Mt. Vernon remains on the road and travels to Carbondale still searching for a victory. Rams coach Jared Shaner said, despite the loss, there were positives to take away from the Marion game.

“We did a lot more things right than what we had been the couple of weeks before that,” Mt. Vernon coach Jared Shaner said. “I wish we could have got a win, but it didn’t work out that way.”

Mt. Vernon’s defense created two sacks and intercepted Marion quarterback Matt Lewis twice in the game. On offense, Mt. Vernon rushed the ball 55 times for 348 yards. C.J. Lloyd led the team with 117 yards, and Doug Gardner finished with 105. Mt. Vernon quarterback Clayton Reeves added 86 yards on the ground.

“We did improve last week, and the next goal for our football team for our football program is to take another step forward this week,” Shaner said.

Carbondale (3-2) opened the season with three straight wins but has started the South Seven Conference season winless. Two weeks ago Carbondale lost to Centralia, and last week Cahokia blanked the Terriers 33-0.

“They’ve played two of, possibly, the better teams in conference,” Shaner said. “Cahokia, they’ve been playing really well lately, and then Centralia has been much improved the last couple years.”

Justin Hoffman quarterbacks the Carbondale offense and has had some mixed results this year. Carbondale piled up 60 points against Herrin in a non-conference match. Hoffman threw for three scores and 203 yards in the first half of the game. Last week against Cahokia, Hoffman threw three interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts.

Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m.

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