Mellors leads Mt. Pleasant in rout of Yough
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.”