Mount Vernon (2-1) took advantage of banged up Beckman Catholic, Dyersville (1-2) team in a 29-20 victory at home last night.
In a first half that featured five possession changes, it was Mount Vernon who capitalized on the first. Mustangs defensive lineman, Carson Kuntz, who was all over the field last night, forced a Beckman fumble on the Blazer’s own 47 early in the first quarter.
Following a key 4th down conversion, Mount Vernon’s Jake Pisarik connected with Noah Dahlstrom for a 27-yard touchdown pass giving them a 6-0 lead.
Beckman, who were playing without starting quarterback, Grant Hammann, and starting running back, Mitch Steger, used some trickery on their next possession as halfback Sam Deutmeyer hooked up with Tony Anstoetter on a 49-yard flea flicker. The Blazers were held out of the end zone as Beckman kicker Jared Lueken connected on a 27-yard field goal making it 6-3.
Two possessions later, Beckman drove deep down Mount Vernon’s side of the field. But again, the Blazers came up short and would settle for a 35-yard field goal tying the game at 6-6.
Mount Vernon’s offense took it down the field 80 yards for a TD on their next drive. A key 20-yard completion from Tommy Hook to Dahlstrom, followed by a facemask penalty brought the ball down to the five. Trey Ryan then closed out the drive with a TD run. After a 2-point conversion, the Mustangs were up `14-6.
Beckman’s defense then forced a Mount Vernon fumble on their own 10. Liam O’Connor then scampered in for the 10 yard TD. Following a 2-point conversion, the game was even at 14-14 going into halftime.
Mount Vernon coach Duane Orr then challenged his players to step up in the second half.
“We didn’t feel like way we finished the first half,” said Orr. “We challenged ourselves to use our power and technique to execute in the second half.”
The Mustangs struck early in the third quarter taking it 81 yards down the field scoring on a 29-yard strike from Pisarik to Luke Muller. Another 2-point conversion gave Mount Vernon a 22-14 lead.
The Mustangs began with great position on their next possession. Following a crucial conversion on 4th down, Trey Ryan carried it in from 3 yards out to put the Mustangs up 29-`14.
The Blazers weren’t done as they marched down the field 70 yards for a touchdown. Two big pass plays from Connor Klosterman, one being a TD, brought Beckman back within nine.
But Kuntz stepped for the Mustangs again as he closed the door on a Beckman comeback by blocking a field goal attempt late in the 4th.