Mendon football won at White Pigeon 26-24 in Friday’s opener, led by a monster game by Jackson Crotser. The Hornet senior scored all four Mendon touchdowns, rushing for 290 yards on 33 carries.
The game saw four lead changes total with a four-yard Crotser run giving the Hornets an initial 6-0 lead. Collin Mayville punched it in with an Anthony Rubio two-point run to give the Chiefs an 8-6 advantage midway through the second quarter. A 19-yard Crotser carry put Mendon up 12-8 at halftime.
White Pigeon’s Dylan Carper recovered a fumble for a score early in the third quarter for a 16-12 WP lead after another Rubio two-point conversion. Crotser snagged the lead back for good with 14-yard and 33-yard touchdown runs for a 26-16 Hornet lead midway in the fourth. The Chiefs got back within two with 5:29 left after a 70-yard Rubio rush, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Mendon’s home opener is next week against Hartford. White Pigeon has another tough task ahead with a trip to Centreville, which will be broadcast live via JoeInsider.com.
Photos by Chris Carpenter
ME: Jackson Crotser 4 yard rush, PAT kick miss (5:49)
WP: Collin Mayville 6 yard rush, 2PT rush Anthony Rubio (6:18)
ME: Jackson Crotser 19 yard rush, 2PT Fail (3:22)
WP: Dylan Carper 70 yard fumble recovery, 2PT rush Rubio (8:50)
ME: Jackson Crotser 14 yard rush, Chris Dupree 2PT rush (6:29)
ME: Jackson Crotser 33 yard rush, 2PT Fail (5:54)
WP: Anthony Rubio 70 yard rush, 2PT pass Daniel Jackson to Collin Mayville (5:29)
Total Yards: Mendon 369, White Pigeon 290
Passing Yards: Mendon 0, White Pigeon 78
Rushing Yards: Mendon 369, White Pigeon 212
Turnovers: Mendon 2, White Pigeon 1
First Downs: Mendon 22, White Pigeon 15
Penalties: Mendon 3-25, White Pigeon 3-25
Mendon Passing: No pass attempts
White Pigeon Passing: Daniel Jackson 4-9, 64 yards; Dylan Carper 1-1, 14 yards
Mendon Rushing: Jackson Crotser 290, 4 TD; Jaquan Hodges 53, Connor Oatley 17, Chris Dupree 11
White Pigeon Rushing: Anthony Rubio 127, 1 TD; Collin Mayville 59, 1 TD; Lee Murphy 11, Daniel Jackson 9, Dylan Carper 6
White Pigeon Receiving: Dominick Pant 2-28, Lee Murphy 1-27, Dylan Carper 1-14, Johnathon Hagner 1-9
Mendon Defense: Tristen Shimel 13 tck, Chris Dupree 9 tck, Carter Briggs 9 tck, Isaiah Ibison 8 tck, 1 FF; Jackson Crotser 7 tck, Carson Cupp 6 tck, Jaquan Hodges 7 tck, Connor Oatley 5 tck, 1 FR; Dylan McClish 3 tck, 1 sack; Isaac Conklin 2 tck, Brown 2 tck, Aiden Crooks 1 tck
White Pigeon Defense: Dylan Carper 8.5 tck, 1 TFL, FR TD; Lee Murphy 6.5 tck, Collin Mayville 4.5 tck, Nick Bucher 4 tck, 1 TFL; Anthony Rubio 3 tck, Dominick Pant 3 tck, 2 TFL; Johnathon Hagner 1 tck, Jack Davidson 0.5 tck
Records: Mendon 1-0, White Pigeon 0-1