Rams Coach Greg Graves “optimistic” as grid season continues

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Cam Meyer, Staff

Despite a great showing from the Rams, Taylorville just outplayed and outworked Mount Vernon.

The MV Rams fell to the Taylorville Tornadoes on August 27, with a final score of 13-0.

Looking back, the Rams might have made some different choices to possibly change the outcome of this game.

“[We could] have practiced earlier to beat the heat,” stated Greg Graves, Rams varsity head coach.

There were a couple of adjustments to the lineup that could have been made before or during the game.

“[We could have added] more speed on the defense to stabilize the faster quarterback,” added Coach Graves.

A loss is never a good feeling, especially if you’re the head coach.

“I’m fine, [but] some kids had to miss this game because of COVID,” Graves stated.

Even with the burden of losing their first game, Coach Graves was still ready for the Friday, September 3 game vs Mascoutah.

“Yes, definitely ready,” stated Coach Graves.

Even though it is just one game, Mascoutah looked good in their season opener. They beat Columbia in their first game back.

Can Mascoutah’s win streak be broken?

“Yes, of course,” stated Assistant Coach Daniel Morrison.

With Mascoutah putting up more than half of their points in the second quarter fans are starting to wonder if Mount Vernon’s defense can hold them until at least halftime.

“Yes, if the first game is evidence of our defense, we will have no problem holding Mascoutah [until halftime],” added Coach Morrison.

As of the start of this season, Mount Vernon fans can finally sit at full capacity at sporting events.

“[It’s going to be] awesome.  Everyone [will be] excited to finally have the ability to watch the game live,” stated Mr. Seth English, Athletic Director.

“As we get back to a full calendar of sports, I would like to see an increase in fans this year,” added Mr. English.