Wildcats shut out TC

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Mount Vernon held Tell City to 2 yards of total offense and beat the Marksmen 45-0 in a football season opener Friday.

Tell City tailback Trent Gunn rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries.

But some losses by teammates, including the quarterback's being sacked three times on the first two possessions, reduced the Marksmen's net rushing gain to 5 yards.

And they lost 3 yards on their only completed pass.

They did not gain a first down the entire game.

"We're playing a lot of young kids," said Tell City Coach Don Hitz. "We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the field.

"We only had four seniors active for the game (two others were sidelined by injuries). We've got four of five kids hurt who could help us.

"They were bringing multiple (line)backers in the middle and doing a couple of things we weren't physically ready for because of our youth.

"We're running the ball hard--that's all we can do right now. We've got to be able to control the line of scrimmage so we can at least maybe throw the ball a little bit."

Mount Vernon jumped to a 12-0 lead in the first 31?2 minutes, scoring on a 16-yard option run by quarterback Eric Stemple and a 58-yard run by Matthew Rhoads.

The Wildcats later scored on a 65-yard punt return and a 90-yard kickoff return as their superior quickness hurt Tell City.

They added two more touchdown runs and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Stemple to Ryan Ploetz.

Rhoads carried the ball five times for 92 yards and two touchdowns - all in the first half.

"They're a ranked team for a reason (the Wildcats are ninth in Class 3A in the state coaches poll)," said Hitz.

They did have a couple of chinks in their armor, though. They fumbled six times, losing two. And Rhoads made only 1 of 5 extra-point kicks.

Gunn and freshman Jordan Hosler each recovered a fumble for Tell City.

Tell City will visit Heritage Hills Friday at 7 p.m.