Guard handed first loss of season by Mount Vernon Tigers, 21-6

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Brook Hill Guard 6, Mount Vernon Tigers 21, FINAL

MVHS:   6   0   8   7  -  21

BH:         0   0   0   6  -  6

For their second game of the young 2017 football season, the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team remained at home, as the team hosted a non-district gridiron matchup against the Mount Vernon Tigers Friday, Sept. 8, at Herrington Field.

The visiting Tigers scratched and clawed their way downfield en route to the first touchdown of the contest in the middle of the first quarter, as the Mount Vernon quarterback was able to locate an open receiver for a six-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was no good; however, the Tigers pounced out to an early 6-0 lead over the Guard.

The defensive units for Brook Hill and Mount Vernon engaged in an all-out turf war during the second frame, withstanding the offensive attack of their opponents and not allowing either team's offense to reach the end zone.

At the halftime intermission, the teams left the field and headed for the locker rooms with Mount Vernon leading Brook Hill, 6-0.

After both teams returned to the gridiron for the second half of football action, the visiting Tigers once again moved the ball downfield well, as one of the team's running backs maneuvered his way around the Guard defense and into the end zone on a six-yard touchdown run. The coaching staff for Mount Vernon elected to attempt a two point conversion, which was successful, as the Tigers took a 14-0 lead over the Guard.

The Guard was able to reach the end zone for the first time in the ball game in the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter, thanks to a six-yard run by senior quarterback Hood Taylor. The Guard's extra point attempt by senior kicker Campbell Fletcher was unsuccessful, as Brook Hill cut into Mount Vernon's lead, 14-6.

With under a minute to go in the final quarter, Mount Vernon was able to cross the goal line for their last time, as a running back punched in a one-yard rushing touchdown. The team's extra point attempt was successful, allowing the Tigers to pull away and claim the victory over the Guard, 21-6.

At the quarterback position, Taylor was near perfect, completing 16 of 20 passing attempts for 119 passing yards.

Guard junior wide receiver Garrett Davis was the leader for the team's receivers, reeling in a total of seven catches for 41 yards.

Other key receivers for the Guard against the Tigers included senior running back Ian Hathaway, with two catches for 34 yards; senior tight end Grayson Priestner, with two catches for 16 yards; senior running back Jeremiah McGowen, with two catches for 15 yards; junior wide receiver Tagen Parma, with one catch for nine yards; and senior wide receiver John Dixon, with one catch for four yards.

The Guard was led in the team's rushing attack by Taylor, running the ball on 14 carries for a total of 47 yards and one rushing touchdown. McGowen was also a large contributor to the rushing game for the Guard, running on 12 carries for 31 yards.

Defensively, the Guard was led by Hathaway, who contributed a total of 14 tackles, two assists, and two tackles for loss for the Guard's efforts in the contest against the Tigers.

Other key defensive players for the Guard against the Tigers included junior linebacker Carson Ezell, with 11 tackles, three assists, one forced fumble, and one tackle for loss; senior defensive back Sam Nechi, with seven tackles and four assists; junior defensive lineman Josh Blalock, with seven tackles, two assists, one forced fumble, and one tackle for loss; senior defensive lineman Jake Ballenger, with seven tackles, three assists, and two tackles for loss; senior defensive back Mac Rose, with six tackles and one assist; Fletcher, with two tackles, two assists; one fumble recovery, and one tackle for loss; sophomore defensive back Seth Moss, with four tackles; and senior defensive back Garrett Brown, with one fumble recovery.

With the loss to the Mount Vernon Tigers, the Brook Hill Guard varsity football team currently stands with an overall record of 1-1 on the 2017 season.

Next week: Friday, Sept. 15 - Houston St. John's School at Brook Hill.

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