DISTRICT 7-3A Division I

Mineola Yellowjackets (3-3, 2-0)

vs.

Mount Vernon Tigers (7-0, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Don Meredith Stadium, Mount Vernon

Coaches

  • Mineola: Luke Blackwell
  • Mount Vernon: Josh Finney

Last week

  • Mineola: def. Farmersville, 35-14
  • Mount Vernon: def. Winnsboro, 28-8 

Next week

  • Mineola: vs. Grand Saline, Oct. 27
  • Mount Vernon: at Quitman, Oct. 27

Playmakers

Mineola

  • DB/WR/K Cameron Sorenson, Sr., 6-2, 170 (9 catches, 206 yards, 2 TDs; 41 tackles, 2 for loss, 2 PBUs; 5-5 PATs)
  • RB/DB Curtis London, Sr., 5-8, 160 (49 carries, 240 yards, 2 TDs; 52 tackles)
  • OL/DL Cameron Wise, Jr., 6-0, 285
  • QB Shaw Franklin, Sr., 6-3, 155 (41-of-88, 735 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs; 86 carries, 510 yards, 5 TDs)
  • RB Trevion Sneed, Fr., 6-0 (69 carries, 451 yards, 9 TDs)
  • LB Preston Lankford, Sr., 5-9, 175 (75 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 sack, 1 INT)
  • DE Alex Evans, Jr., 5-9, 155 (32 tackles, 10 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries)
  • Jacob Hurst, Sr. (39 tackles, 7 for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, 4 QBPs)

Mount Vernon

  • QB Kason Pletcher, Jr., 6-2, 225
  • TE Kaden Proffitt, Sr., 6-0, 175
  • RB Cameron Woods
  • RB Trey Wickware, Sr.
  • LB Nathan Smith
  • DL Braden Bolin, Jr.
  • DL Daniel Arnold, Jr.

Just the facts

  • Mineola returns only two offensive starters and four defensive starters from its championship squad last season.
  • The Yellowjackets are averaging 221.8 yards per game on the ground.
  • Mount Vernon is giving up just 11.9 points per game.
  • The Tigers have an average margin of victory of 22.7 points.
  • Mount Vernon has already surpassed its win total from last season, when it won five games.
  • The Tigers are averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game.
  • Mount Vernon holds a 4-1 record against Mineola since 2006.
  • Mineola defeated the Tigers las year, 42-6.

Key matchup: Mount Vernon rushing attack agains the Mineola defense. The Tigers are rushing for more than 300 yards per game and can get it from multiple places. Cameron Woods, Trey Wickware and Cade Hyman contribute as rushers. Quarterback Kason Fletcher is as good on his feet as he is a passer.

Mineola will need help from Preston Lankford and company if it hopes to slow down this attack. Lankford leads the team with 75 tackles this season and has four for loss. Defensive end Alex Evans adds 10 tackles for loss.

If Mineola can contain this beast, Mount Vernon might be looking at its first loss of the season. If not, the Tigers might run away with the district.

Don't be surprised if: Shaw Franklin leads the Mineola rushing attack. He's a quarterback, but he's averaging 85 yards per game on the ground to lead the Yellowjackets. This is what makes him perhaps the most dangerous threat on Mineola's offense. Five of his 13 touchdowns have come on the ground.

He has a great target to throw to as well in Cameron Sorenson. Looking for Franklin to be all over the field on offense Friday night.