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FB 4A SECT. 13: #5 Marauders win title over Delta, 28-13

November 3, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

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Mt. Vernon won the Class 4A Sectional 13 title, beating Delta 28-13 Friday night.

Tyler Dicks ran for 149 yards and a 73-yard TD. Andy Spears had two touchdowns and Anthony Burnett had a 49-yard TD to give MV a 21-0 lead early in the third.

Burnett tallied 151 total yards -- 125 rushing and 26 receiving -- and had a big day with several big blocks to spring Dicks' long TD run, a 36-yard run and 26-yard catch to set up the first TD and a blocked extra point.

MV won its first sectional title since 2006 and fourth in school history. The Marauders will visit Cathedral next Fridy night at a site to be announced. The webcast will be right here at Hancock County Sports.

Delta threatened first, recovering a fumble at the MV 29, but the Marauder defense held on downs.

MV emerged from a scoreless first quarter to put two quick tallies on the board in the second -- Burnett starting a six-play, 77-yard drive with a 36-yard run, then setting up Spears' 2-yard TD plunge with a 26-yard pass on third-and-13. After MV held Delta without a first down for the third straight possession, Dicks took a toss around end and broke a 73-yard run -- aided by a pair of blocks by Burnett at midfield, giving MV a 14-0 lead with 5:26 to go in the half.

MV extended the lead to 21-0 when Burnett scored from 49 yards out on the Marauders' first possession of the third, breaking multiple tackles on the play.

Delta came back -- QB Cade Jones' arm led two long scoring drives, one of 10 plays, one of 12 -- that ended in 1-yard TD sneaks by Jones -- and cut the Marauders' edge to 21-13, after Burnett blocked an extra point that would've made it a seven-point game with 11:26 left. Delta then forced an MV punt, but a three-and-out gave the Marauders the ball back, and they embarked on an 11-play, 62-yard, 6:02 drive that ended with Spears' 15-yard TD with 1:10 left that put the exclamation point onto the victory. But Burnett had a strong fourth-down run to extend the drive at midfield with just over 3:30 to go in the game. 

MV outgained Delta 354-216. Jones completed 12-of-27 for 138 yards. 

MV (11-1) extends a school record for wins in a season heading into next week's matchup with Cathedral, the first in the schools' histories against each other. Delta (8-4) finishes a strong eight-win year as the HHC's second-place team.

Delta (8-3) 0-0-7-6 -- 13
Mt. Vernon (11-1) 0-14-7-7 -- 28
MV-Spears 2 run (Justus kick), 10:07 2Q (6-77-2:43)
MV-Dicks 73 run (Justus kick), 5:28 2Q (1-73-:13)
MV-Burnett 49 run (Justus kick), 9:52 3Q (3-62-1:07)
D-Jones 1 run (J.C. Kern kick), 5:39 3Q (10-65-4:13)
D-Jones 1 run (kick blocked), 11:26 4Q (12-63-3:48)
MV-Spears 15 run (Justus kick), 1:10 4Q (11-62-6:02)
Team stats
First downs: D 13, MV 11
Rushes-yds: D 35-78, MV 49-328
Passing C-A-I-Yds: D 12-27-1-138, MV 1-5-1-26
Total plays-yards: D 62-216, MV 54-354
Fumbles-lost: D 0-0, MV 2-1
Penalties-yds: D 2-16, MV 6-46
Time of possession: D 24:45, MV 23:15
Individual stats
D rushing:
Spegal 15-32, Bechdolt 8-18, Dishman 2-15, Jones 8-13
D passing:
Jones 12-27-1-138
D receiving: Fox 4-54, Bickford 4-44, Dishman 4-24
MV rushing: Dicks 17-149, Burnett 14-125, Spears 15-67, Miller 3-(-13)
MV passing: Miller 1-4-1-26, Burnett 0-1-0-0
MV receiving: Burnett 1-2

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Looking ahed: The Marauders will travel to face #7/3 Cathedral (7-5) next week, as the Irish beat Roncalli 34-7.

Class 4A, Sectional 13
Friday, Oct. 19
Greenfield-Central 21, Muncie Central 14
Delta 20, Frankfort 0
Pendleton Heights 41, Muncie South 21
Mt. Vernon 40, New Palestine 21
Friday, Oct. 26
Delta 28, Greenfield-Central 3
Mt. Vernon 54, Pendleton Heights 34
Friday, Nov. 2
Mt. Vernon 28, Delta 13
Regional: Friday, Nov. 9
#4/5 Mt. Vernon (11-1) at #7/3 Cathedral (7-5), 7 p.m. (Webcast: Hancock County Sports)

Class 4A regional games (weekend of Nov. 9-10)
Hammond Morton (7-5) at Mishawaka (9-3)
#-/RV Concord (10-2) at Ft. Wayne Dwenger (6-6)
#4/5 Mt. Vernon (11-1) at #7/3 Cathedral (7-5)
#1/1 Columbus East (12-0) at Evansville Reitz (9-3)

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