No. 3 Mt. Pleasant, Mellors thump No. 5 Washington
By Jason Mackey
Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 11:09 p.m.
Tyler Mellors will remember this one for a long time.
“My back,” Mellors said, grimacing. “I feel like I'm 90 right now.”
Didn't look that way.
Mt. Pleasant's senior running back became the school's all-time rushing leader with 216 yards and a total of six touchdowns during a 47-22 dismantling of No. 5 Washington that secured the Class AA Interstate Conference title for the third-ranked Vikings.
“You have to go with your workhorse,” Mt. Pleasant coach Bo Ruffner said. “He's our horse, and we rode him tonight.”
Mellors entered the game needing 50 yards to break the career mark, and he checked that one off the list on Mt. Pleasant's third drive.
Bob Gorinski (Class of 1970) had it previously with 3,350 yards. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Mellors now has 3,517 after clearing 200 yards for the third consecutive week.
“I thought they played with more emotion and played more physical than us,” Washington coach Mike Bosnic said.
Vikings quarterback Ryan Gumbita completed five of seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense.
“We knew we could get some yards on them passing,” Gumbita said. “We thought they would be keying on (Mellors).”
Prexies quarterback Jonathan Spina ran for a pair of touchdowns, and fullback Arthur Long ran seven times for 68 yards and a score.
Washington (6-1, 6-1), which was playing without ineligible lineman Zach Blystone, took a 7-0 lead after a 1-yard scoring run from Spina.
Mellors capped Mt. Pleasant's next possession with a 3-yard run and broke the school record during a drive that ended with Gumbita's 17-yard scoring strike to Luke Liprando.
Mellors ran for a score and caught a pass in the flat from Gumbita for a 27-7 halftime lead.
After keeping Mt. Pleasant (7-0, 7-0) comfortably ahead with a pair of touchdown runs in the third quarter, Mellors delivered his knockout punch: a 93-yarder early in the fourth that turned this into an unexpected blowout.
Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Friday’s PIAA semifinal football games postponed
- Central Catholic looks for knock out against District 3 champion in PIAA semifinals
- Homer-Center bows out of state football playoffs
- Gateway football coach Militzer won’t return