Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Sports

August 24, 2013

Marauders give Kats 'dose of own medicine'

Mount Vernon beats Kokomo with physical ground game.

Kokomo’s football opener Friday night featured everything the Wildkats are used to under seventh-year coach Brett Colby: dominant line play; a physical running game; the bravado to trust the run on fourth down; and lopsided time of possession.

Only this time, the Kats were the ones facing that onslaught.

Mount Vernon of Fortville took a few pages from Kokomo’s playbook and took physical play right at the Kats, beating Kokomo 29-19 at Walter Cross Field.

“That’s the offense that we know how it works, we kind of invented it here in the state of Indiana,” Colby said. “We’re taking a dose of our own medicine.”

MV ran for 272 yards. The first option was running back Dan Werner, who ran for 97 yards before leaving in the second half with an injury. Fullback Brayton Shannon found plenty of success up the middle and finished with 114 yards and two touchdowns.

“Up front our guard, center, guard are all returning starters. They’re all darn good players,” MV coach Doug Armstrong said. “Our fullback runs with heart. He’s a weight-room warrior and he ran his butt off.”

Kokomo struck first, pouncing on a miscue from the MV kick receive team on the opening kickoff. Three plays later Kat quarterback Tayler Persons took a lateral 10 yards in for a score and a 7-0 lead. But MV rebounded to control the opening half. The Marauders moved the ball 47 yards before getting a field goal on their opening drive, then capitalized on an interception to march 53 yards for a touchdown on their second possession for a 10-7 lead.

The Marauders never trailed again.

Kokomo trimmed the margin to just three points at 16-13 with an 81-yard TD strike from quarterback Persons to tight end Marcelle Kenner with 6:15 left in the third quarter (with a great block by Bo Baker helping), but MV put the margin up to 10 points six plays later, then took all the wind out of the Wildkats in the fourth quarter.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • WHSTaylor golf 03 Prep Roundup for Thursday, April 24 Western boys golf coach Steve Hoppes was pleased with his team's fifth-place finish in Saturday's Twin Lakes Invitational, but knew his squad was better than the 339 it posted. The Panthers saw improvement in Wednesday's 165-215 win over Taylor on th

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042414 - Brett Bowman column - Bowman column sig BOWMAN: Gas City gearing up for USAC sprints Heading into the new season at the Gas City I-69 Speedway, there were more questions than answers among fans as to how things were going to be run.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042414 - Dana Neer column - Neer column sig NEER: Barley is a beneficial food It is no secret that raw fruits and vegetables are the best foods for us. Foods full of vitamins, nutrients and amino acids provide life to our cells, energy for our daily schedule and health to our minds, bodies and spirits.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Thursday, April 24 USF's Shurn honored with SI mention Former Kokomo standout Skylarr Shurn has been honored by Sports Illustrated with a spot on the magazine's Faces in the Crowd section, available at the magazine's website now. Shurn led the University of Saint Fran

    April 24, 2014

  • Mathis' leadership paying off INDIANAPOLIS -- An authentic set of battle armor greeted visitors to Robert Mathis' locker Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The black-and-gold helmet and chest plate look more at home in one of the "300" movies, but they are the

    April 24, 2014

  • SPL - KT042314 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Wednesday, April 23 Northwestern's track and field teams swept visiting Tri-Central on Tuesday night.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042414 - Brett Bowman column - Brett's column sig BOWMAN: Cottle has high hopes for new campaign In an era that sees superstar athletes at any sport walk around and boast how great they are, it's refreshing to see the likes of Shane Cottle. He is an open wheel racing standout who never blows his own horn and is embarrassed by the attention he receives for being considered one of the top sprint car drivers in the country.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042214 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Tuesday, April 22 Eastern's girls tennis team beat Northfield 4-1 Monday at Greentown for its second straight win following a season-opening loss to Peru last week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042214 - B1 briefs - mug Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 22 The Mid-American Conference on Monday named former Kokomo Wildkat standout T.J. Weir its West Division Pitcher of the Week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042114 - Athlete of the week - mug Simmerman is Athlete of the Week Simmerman helped the Comets go 3-0 last week.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo