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Mt. Pleasant secures solid victory

| Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010

Mt. Pleasant running back Bryce Ansell returned successfully from a torn ACL that ended his 2009 season, scoring two touchdowns Friday to lead the Vikings over Charleroi, 20-13. Ansell, the only returning starter for the defending Class AA Intertstate Conference champions, carried the ball 18 times for 126 yards to lead a potent Vikings' rushing attack.

He started slow, totaling only 9 yards on his first five carries.

As the game progressed, though, he began to resemble the player that rushed for more than 1,100 yards last season. The most critical of his carries was a 24-yard touchdown run, the only score of the second half.

Mt. Pleasant senior quarterback Nick Halfhill did most of his damage on the ground. He rushed for 65 yards, while junior running back Kevin Yanok added 38 yards.

Charleroi held a one point advantage at the half, but the Cougars lost two of their most dangerous offensive playmakers in running back Quentin Briggs and receiver Kyle Shannon. Both players suffered leg injuries, Briggs' coming just before halftime. Shannon, who put the Cougars on the board with a 44-yard reception in the first quarter, went down with his injury midway through the third quarter.

Despite the absence of two of his favorite weapons, Cougars quarterback Tommy Thorpe totaled 111 passing yards and 48 yards rushing but was not able to lead his team into the end zone in the second half.

Senior Cory Altemara filled in admirably for his injured teammates. The fullback rushed for 29 yards and added another 39 in receiving.

Mt. Pleasant returns home to host Yough next week, while Charleroi looks to rebound from this tough loss on the road against Brownsville.

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