Mt. Vernon made history Saturday, blanking Lutheran South 16-0 to advance to the state championship game for the first time in 35 years.
The Mountaineers opened the scoring with a safety after a blocked punt in the first quarter. Quarterback Ty Boswell scored the game’s first touchdown on a draw play minutes later.
After another blocked punt led a turnover on downs deep in Lutheran South territory, Mt. Vernon senior Chance Fenton intercepted a pass and returned it 12 yards to the endzone. The Mountaineers led 16-0 at halftime, and the score held to the end.
The MV defense dominated from start to finish, piling up a safety, multiple sacks, three interceptions, two blocked punts, one touchdown and a late forced fumble and recovery by Andrew Montemayor that all but punched the tickets to Columbia.
“Defense has been our thing. We held a great team averaging 41 points to nothing,” senior Ty Boswell said. “We played great, we’ve been playing great and we’ll do it one more time.”
The Mountaineers will face Maryville at 11 am next Saturday at Faurot Field for the Class 3 championship.
“We’ve been wanting this so bad. Ever since I was five years old, I’ve been dreaming of State,” senior lineman Cayden Heisner said. “Mt. Vernon hasn’t been to State since 1982, and it’s just such a great honor.”