MOUNT VERNON – Dylan Dagley didn’t get many carries on Friday. But he didn’t need to.
The Wooster quarterback had enough chances to show his talents.
Dagley threw for 209 yards, rushed for 101 more and scored on a 91-yard punt return in the Generals’ 44-14 victory over Mount Vernon at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
“(Dagley) was able to get the passing game going against a good, physical defense,” Wooster coach Doug Haas. “It was some rough sledding from a rushing standpoint, but he helped with that.”
The senior, who is Wooster’s starting quarterback but has also seen time as a wide receiver, hit 17 of his 28 passes Friday. Most of his rushing yards came from scrambles when the Yellow Jackets were able to penetrate.
“We don’t draw up many designed quarterback draws,” Haas said. “That defense did a good job dropping back and watching him. He had to scramble a lot.”
Mount Vernon, which was celebrating Homecoming, lost its fourth straight game. The team was without Ashton Fisher, one of its two solid ground-gainers who does most of his damage on sweeps. Without Fisher, the Jackets switched to a straight-forward approach. Junior Wyatt Gregory and sophomore AJ Keen took turns plowing through the line with mixed success.
As the score got out of hand, the Jackets utilized Keen more. He finished with 43 yards.
The only time Mount Vernon had any control over the game was during the second quarter. With the Jackets trailing, 16-0, Sam Bethea intercepted a pass and gave his team good field position. They ended the drive when quarterback Noah Hubbard found Cory Berg in the endzone for a 13-yard score.
The Generals answered with a lengthy drive that ended when Dagley found receiver Zach Marinello alone in the back of the endzone.
The score gave the Generals a 23-7 halftime lead.
“That score really changed the momentum of the game,” Mount Vernon coach Mike Kerr said. “If we get a stop, that changes the kids’ attitude going to the locker room, and coming out for the second half.”
Wooster scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half to force a running clock through the rest of the game. Dagley scored on a winding 20-yard quarterback scramble, then Taylor Brayden scored on a one-yard dive.
Wooster (5-2, 4-0 Ohio Cardinal Conference) struck first with a 21-yard field goal by Joe Stoll, followed by Dagley’s punt return. The Generals scored again late in the quarter on a three-yard carry by Trevar Meese.
Mount Vernon’s last score came in the fourth quarter on a touchdown throw from Hubbard to Gavin Moyer.
“There’s just no quit in these kids,” Kerr said. “I got asked a lot this week what the attitude was of the kids. They say, ‘Where’s their head at?’ And they keep coming to practice with their heads held high. They want to win.”
Hubbard finished 13 of 24 for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one pick.
The Jackets (2-5, 0-4) were penalized just twice in the game. One penalty came before the second-half kickoff, when they were called for delay of game after the Homecoming ceremony at halftime ran long.
Mount Vernon travels to Mansfield Madison next Friday. Wooster plays at Mansfield Senior.