Once a playoff hopeful at 5-1, the Yellow Jackets have lost three consecutive games and need help to finish in the top eight in Division II, Region 7. Mount Vernon prefers to establish the run, but the defense has struggled against the run as well, giving up 257 yards on the ground against Olentangy.
Greg Briggs and Greg Dennis, who was Mount Vernon's starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, have alternated under center.
New Albany has ridden its ground game, led by the bruising Leslie Anokye and elusive Alan Watson, to seven consecutive victories after a 0-2 start. The Eagles' turf field plays directly into their speed-based attack. While the Eagles are allowing 10.8 points per game the past five weeks, they often have taken until the fourth quarter to put opponents away. A win this week might give New Albany a home game in the first round of the Region 7 playoffs.
*Last week: Mount Vernon took the lead on J.D. Orr's 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but mustered just 98 total yards against Olentangy. The Yellow Jackets did not commit a turnover after four interceptions the previous week against Delaware and seven in three games before that.
Anokye rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns and O.B. Oppong added a 70-yard touchdown run and 63-yard kickoff return to set up a 16-yard touchdown run by Watson as the Eagles clinched a share of their fourth consecutive OCC-Capital championship. New Albany amassed all of its 326 yards on the ground.