AUG. 24 -- In the second week of the regular season, the Mount Pisgah Varsity Football team traveled to Mount Vernon to face off against the Mustangs. The two non-region schools had not competed since 2013 when the Patriots defeated the Mustangs 48-14. This time, a strong Mustang offense -- one of the top-rated Class A Private teams in the state -- controlled the field and left the Patriots struggling to catch up.
Both teams played each other even in the first quarter with neither side posting a score. The Mustangs managed to break free early in the second, however, to take a 7-0 lead over the Patriots. The Patriots responded by advancing down the field to within scoring range, but were held back by the Mustang defense. Kicker Payton Broaddus attempted a field goal but missed it right.
Later in the second quarter, the Mustangs scored again on a 40-yard pass to stretch the lead to 14-0. Then, just before halftime, as the Patriots kicked off to Mount Vernon, the Mustangs made a crushing 98-yard return for a third TD to lead 21-0 at the half.
Mount Vernon opened the third quarter with another touchdown (and missed the extra point) to make the score 27-0, but the Patriots kept fighting. Toward the end of the quarter, QB Connor Norwood scored on a 15-yard run and Broaddus made the extra point to put up 7 on the board for the Patriots. On the next series, senior Chase Grande intercepted a Mustang pass and ran it back 70 yards for a second Patriot touchdown to close the Mustang lead to 27-14 by the end of the quarter.
However, the Mustang defense effectively held the Patriots scoreless for most of the 4th quarter while Mount Vernon scored two more touchdowns to stretch the lead to 41-14. Norwood managed a late Patriot TD with two minutes left in the game to make the final score Mount Vernon 41, Mount Pisgah 21.
For the night, Norwood made 14 completions for 207 yards and had 13 carries for 79 yards and two TDs. Grande led the Patriot offense with 5 catches for 84 yards, followed by juniors Will Pascucci and Greyson Stevens.
Next Friday, August 31, the Patriots, now 0-2 overall, travel to St. Francis for the start of region play with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.