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MOUNT VERNON—Tell City couldn’t get its offense going consistently and couldn’t stop Jason Stemple as the Marksmen lost to Mount Vernon 43-6 in football Friday.
Mount Vernon got out to an early lead after a stalled Tell City drive. Stemple drove the Wildcats down the field and connected with wide receiver Aaron Straub for a short touchdown pass.
Stemple ran for the two-point conversion, giving the Wildcats an 8-0 lead.
After another three downs and a punt possession by Tell City, Mount Vernon took over at midfield and Stemple again methodically drove the Wildcats to the end zone, keeping the ball this time on a short run.
Stemple passed to Nathan Reitman for another two-point conversion, and at the end of the first quarter Mount Vernon led 16-0.
Miscues were aplenty by both teams in the second quarter.
On the Wildcats’ third drive they fumbled on the Tell City 3-yard line and the Marksmen recovered.
Tell City went on its own drive down the field, but fumbled at the Mount Vernon 5-yard line, with the Wildcats recovering the ball.
After a second Mount Vernon fumble recovered by Tell City, Marksman quarterback Nick Kleaving threw a pass that was picked off by Skyler Davis.
The Marksmen then intercepted Stemple, and with time running out, Kleaving looked to get Tell City on the scoreboard before halftime.
He completed a short pass over the middle and just as time expired, Mount Vernon was called for a late hit out of bounds, giving the Marksmen 15 yards and an un-timed play.
Kleaving threw an incomplete pass, but the Wildcats were called for pass interference, giving Tell City another 15 yards and another play.
Kleaving’s next pass was knocked down in the end zone by Mount Vernon, ending the first half at 16-0 in favor of Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon added 13 more points in the third quarter on runs by Nate Dixon and Stemple.
In the final quarter Davis intercepted a Tell City pass and returned it for a touchdown, giving Mount Vernon a 36-0 lead.
Tell City followed the interception with a touchdown drive. Trent Gunn ran the ball the final 3 yards for six points, spoiling Mount Vernon’s shutout attempt.
The Marksmen’s two-point conversion run attempt was stopped short.
Stemple ran 5 yards for Mount Vernon’s final touchdown.
Tell City tried to get down the field again but had a fumble recovered by Mount Vernon.
Tell City rushed for 105 yards in the game, with Gunn getting 80 of them.
The Marksmen also passed for 25 yards.
Though Stemple scored three rushing touchdowns for Mount Vernon, Nate Davis was the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 156 of their 306 yards.
Tell City, 0-1, will host Heritage Hills Friday at 7 p.m.