Another week yielded another lopsided victory for the No. 3-ranked Mendon football team Friday. This time the punching bag was from Ohio. Hosting Edgerton in Week 3, the Hornets waltzed to a 41-6 victory to improve to 3-0 this season.
Mendon rattled off 28 straight points to open the game and had an opportunity to get junior quarterback Jordan Medich some work in the passing game. The Hornets had attempted just seven passes through their first two contests, and Medich competed 8 of 13 attempts for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception Friday.
“We just missed some open receivers a couple times,” Mendon coach John Schwartz said of his rookie signal caller’s performance. We’ll get better.”
The real story of the game for Mendon, which held a 34-6 lead at halftime, was top rusher Mitchell Coler going down with a knee injury. Several of his teammates took to social media late Friday night offering their prayers and support.
Luckily for Mendon, there’s no shortage of effective runners. The program put up just over 400 total yards — 260 coming on the ground.
Eli Klepper scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to start things off for Mendon, which added an eight-yard Coler run for a 14-0 lead. Junior defensive end Josh Hawkins intercepted an Edgerton pass that was returned for a TD to end the Hornets’ first-quarter spree.
Coler (156 yards on 22 carries) tacked on a five-yard touchdown run early in the second frame, Parker Cupp hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass from Medich and Brandon Bray posted the final tally with a four-yard rush.
Bray finished with 39 yards on 10 carries, Medich added 24 on four takes, Danny Cleveland contributed five rushes for 24 yards and Klepper had 15 yards on three carries.
Josh Hawkins, Kyle Wiswell and Derek Zagon each made six tackles to lead the squad.
As always, Schwartz was pleased with his team’s performance, but underscored several areas that need attention as the season matures.
“We had a lot of penalties — seven penalties,” he said. “Our blocking up front [wasn’t great], a lot of holding and some clips in there. Stupid stuff we don’t normally do. We have a lot of room to improve.”