In his pre-game talk to his team, East Newton coach Tom Ellis wanted his football team to get out to a fast start against Mount Vernon.


In his pre-game talk to his team, East Newton coach Tom Ellis wanted his football team to get out to a fast start against Mount Vernon.

Boy, did his team listen.

East Newton jumped out to a 20-0 lead and rolled to a 41-12 victory over Mount Vernon in Big 8 Conference action at Mountaineer Stadium Friday night.

“I’m proud of the kids,” said Ellis. “I told them we wanted to start off fast and jump on them and get them down. The kids played well and they played with a lot of emotion.”

East Newton went up 7-0 in the first quarter when Justin Guinn picked off a pass and dashed 24 yards for a touchdown. Sean Yang’s point after attempt followed to give the Patriots the early advantage.

The score remained unchanged until the second quarter, when East Newton tacked on another touchdown. Set up by a good punt return, quarterback Justin Heckman capped a scoring drive with a 2-yard run. Yang’s PAT made it 14-0.

With four minutes left in the first half, Yang booted a 31-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 17-0 lead.

East Newton got the ball back late in the first half and put together another scoring drive. On a key 4th-and-10 situation, Heckman threw a 25-yard pass to Cody Bunch to keep the drive alive.
That set up a 27-yard field goal by Yang with 22 seconds left, making it 20-0.

“Our defense played really well in the first half,” said Ellis.

The Mountaineers scored on the first drive of the second half when quarterback Corey Phillips tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Roger Pendergrass.

Whatever momentum that was built up dissolved in a hurry as East Newton scored two touchdowns to roll up a 34-6 lead.

With 4:17 left, Heckman scored on a 1-yard dive. With 24 seconds left in the third quarter, Clayton Miller intercepted a pass and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown. Yang’s extra point made it 34-6.

Mount Vernon scored on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Jackson Tettenhorst with about five minutes left in the game. About a minute later, Guinn broke open for a 60-yard touchdown run to account for the final score.

Guinn rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries to lead the East Newton offense.

On defense the Patriots had plenty of stars.

Along with Miller’s and Guinn’s interception returns, Riley Brown also had an interception.

Linebacker Sam Mansfield had eight tackles, two tackles for losses and a sack. Josh Taylor had nine tackles and two for losses.

“The special teams played well too; we had two field goals,” said Ellis. “That is something new to East Newton in the past. We also had two nice punt returns that set up scores.”

East Newton plays at Springfield Catholic Friday at 7 p.m. Catholic won 35-6 over Willow Springs Friday.