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Mellors leads Mt. Pleasant in rout of Yough

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 11:15 p.m.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors breaks away from Yough defenders to score on a first-quarter touchdown run Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie.
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Yough's Chandler Daniel is consoled by teammates Nick Payne (32) and Rob Molnar (13) as he is carted off the field after suffering a leg injury against Mt. Pleasant in the 3rd quarter of their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant defenders Jaylon Ansell (6) and Tyler Mellors break up a pass intended for Yough wide receiver Eric Baer (14) in the third quarter of their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant defensive lineman Jessie Leonard tackles Yough running back Clayton Waldron for a loss during the thid quarter of their Interstate Conference game Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie.
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Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Ethan Charlesworth catches a pass for a two-point conversion over Yough defensive back Jordan Bryan (8) in the third quarter of their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Ryan Ballew (22) celebrates with Eric Klejka (68) after scoring a third quarter touchdown against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors sprints past Yough's Jordan Bryan to score on a second quarter touchdown run during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant quarterback Ryan Gumbita eludes Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Lucas Richardson (15) on a long first-quarter touchdown run during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference game Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors (7) celebrates with Marcus Malara (17) after scoring a second quarter touchdown against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Yough defensive back Joe Pleva breaks up a pass intended for Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Ryan Ballew in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Ryan Ballew (22) breaks a tackle attempt by Yough's Jordan Bryan to score a third quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant quarterback Ryan Gumbita sprints away from Yough's Tobi Kuroda (68) on a long first-quarter touchdown run during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough, 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant quarterback Ryan Gumbita sprints past Yough's Eric Borkovich (25) on a long first quarter touchdown run during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Brett Fess (25) dives over Yough's Clayton Waldron to score a thirrd quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors (7) breaks away from numerous Yough defenders for a first down on a first-quarter run during their Interstate Conference game Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie.
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Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors sprints away from Yough defenders Jordan Bryan (8) and Jacob Brundage (72) to score on a first quarter touchdown run during their WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference contest on Sept. 27, 2013, at Yough's Cougar Mountain Stadium in Herminie. Mt. Pleasant defeated Yough 50-21.

Mt. Pleasant football coach Bo Ruffner has been waiting for a breakout game from running back Tyler Mellors.

He got it Friday night.

The senior rushed for a season-high 226 yards and scored three touchdowns as No. 3 Mt. Pleasant (5-0, 5-0) ran over Yough (2-3, 2-3), 50-21, in an WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference game at Cougar Mountain.

It was the third consecutive loss for the Yough, which allowed five long touchdown runs.

Mt. Pleasant, which plays host to Jeannette next Friday, rushed for 454 yards. Ryan Ballew added 100 yards, quarterback Ryan Gumbita, who scored the first two touchdowns, added 71 and Brett Fess chipped in with 47.

“It all started up front,” Mellors said. “The offensive line worked hard all week and did a great job opening up holes all game.

“On defense, we tried to key on Clay Waldron. He led us to the ball. We played great.”

Gumbita gave Mt. Pleasant a 14-0 lead by scoring on runs of 13 and 54 yards less than six minutes into the game.

After Yough trimmed the lead to 14-7 on a 7-yard run by Waldron, Mellors took over. He raced 52 yards before the first quarter was over to give Mt. Pleasant a 21-7 lead.

He scored on runs of 59 and 22 yards in the second quarter and had 205 yards by halftime as Mt. Pleasant increased its lead to 35-15.

“Tyler had a big breakout game and the offensive line played extremely well in front of him,” Ruffner said. “We have the ability to make big plays. It's a great group to coach and the play for each other.

“All four players in the backfield can make things happen. Friday was Tyler's night. We tried to take what the defense gave us.”

Touchdown runs by Ballew (32 yards) and Fess (18 yards) on the Vikings first two possessions of the third quarter to make it 50-15, made it a mercy-rule game. Any time a team gets a 35-point lead in the second half, the clock continues to run.

“Our focus was this game,” Ruffner said. “This is a game we needed to get into the playoffs. Our goal is to secure a playoff spot and our second goal is to secure a home playoff game, and we can accomplish that next week against Jeannette.”

Donahue, who rushed for 127 yards and threw for 146 yards, scored twice for the Cougars. Yough played without starting nose tackle Tom Sever, who is out with a leg injury. It also lost senior tackle Chandler Daniel to a leg injury early in the third quarter.

“At some point, we have to be able to tackle,” Yough coach Mark Crovak said. “We had people around the ball and we didn't make the plays and it led to big plays. Mt. Pleasant is very talented, and if you miss tackles, you're in trouble.”

“We had our chances to climb back in it. But you have to make the plays, and we didn't.”

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