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Class 3 District 6

Big 8 East Conference

School Colors: Green and White

Head Coach: Tom Cox (92-55, 14th season)

Assistant coaches: Chris Johnston, Khelon Hayes, Kaleb Cason, Garrett Hadlock, Chris Teed, Matt Schubert, Logan Alumbaugh, Kyler Shoff

COACH COX SAYS:

“We have high expectations for Mt. Vernon football. Out guys are expected to prepare and perform at an elite level. We don’t always achieve those goals, but the expectations are and will continue to be there.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 5-6 (Third Round)
  • 2019: 10-1 (Second Round)
  • 2018: 12-2 (Semifinals)
  • 2017: 10-5 (State Runner-Up)
  • 2016: 7-5 (Third Round)

2020 REVIEW

Despite finishing the 2020 season with one of the program’s poorest records in recent years, the Mountaineers battled all the way to the district championship game. “To start off the 2020 campaign by winning four in a row, only to lose the next five in a row and still play for a District Championship was a tremendous accomplishment,” Cox says. “It didn’t matter who we had on the field last year, young or old, our guys fought hard and competed to the final whistle. It was not the season we had worked for, but I was proud of the effort and grit we displayed.”

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

C/DL Dominic Dawson (Sr) 6’2”, 255 lb – 1st Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Area

OL/DL Isaac Burks (Sr) 6’2”, 265 lb – 1st Team All Area, 2nd Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-District, HM All-Area

P Clayton Turner (Jr) 6’0”, 185 lb – HM All-Area

K Malachi Hennum (So) 5’8”, 135 lb – 1st Team All District, HM All-Area, HM All- Conference

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

QB/DB Ethan Hoff (So) 5’11”, 175 lb

WR/DB Caleb Rinker (Jr) 5’11”, 165 lb

RB/DB Alex Watts (Jr) 5’8”, 160 lb

WR/DB Layton Pendleton (So) 5’10”, 155 lb

RB/LB Cody Downing (So) 5’10”, 175 lb

OL/DL Ty Weaver (So) 6’0”, 225 lb

RB/DL Alvin Reid (Sr) 5’11”, 215 lb

WR/DB Aiden Morton (Jr) 5’9”, 145 lb

OL/DL Ben McKay (Sr) 6’0”, 275 lb

QB/DE Ashton Cottrell (Jr) 6’0”, 180 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

Nydorweis Washington (Jr) 6’0”, 255 lb

Jayse Sharif (So) 6’1”, 225 lb

SCHEDULE:

8/27 @ Cassville

9/3 vs. East Newton

9/10 @ Reeds Spring

9/17 vs. Aurora

9/24 @ Logan Rogersville

10/1 @ Lamar

10/8 vs. Springfield Catholic

10/15 @ Hollister

10/22 vs. Marshfield

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Personnel-wise, Mt. Vernon will look very different in the fall. Although COVID posed many challenges last season, it also allowed younger athletes to get quality reps at the varsity level. Cox believes this will “pay dividends” in the upcoming season. “Our summer activities will be very important to the maturation of our sophomore and juniors,” Cox adds. “It’s exciting to see how this group comes together as a team and a family.” The senior class is small, but the Mountaineers will look to Dominic Dawson and Isaac Burks to lead the team on the field on Friday nights.

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