Mount Zion 14
MOUNT ZION — Mahomet-Seymour overcame 12 penalties, two interceptions and a blocked punt to post a convincing season-opening win.
The Bulldogs scored on their first two possessions and never looked back.
“We were awfully sloppy tonight but we persevered,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “We could have easily collapsed, but our leaders stepped up and made plays when we needed them to.”
M-S scored twice in the opening minutes, first on a 23-yard TD pass from Joe Kenney to Cully Day, then on senior running back Tyler Francisco’s 3-yard run.
The Braves made it 13-8 midway through the second quarter on a hook-and-ladder play that saw Payton Grinestaff throw to Bailey Reynolds, who in turn pitched to Austin Ray for a 26-yard score.
It was all Bulldogs in the second half as M-S took control of both lines of scrimmage and moved the ball with ease in the sweltering heat.
“Both teams were hurting a little bit because of the heat,” Pogue said. “But our kids are pretty resilient. I got on them a little at halftime and they certainly responded.”
Kenney was 16 of 25 for 188 yards and two TDs.
Francisco had 92 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. He also had a 60-yard touchdown run called back and a 66-yard interception return.
“T-Fran is going to be T-Fran,” Pogue said. “He’s a special player and he’s going to have big nights like this if we can keep him healthy.”