Mount Vernon Head Football Coach Wayne Dabbs says the team is working hard in preparation for the season, with numerous returning key players.

Last year’s season ended with a final record of 6-5, with the Mustangs advancing to the first round of playoffs. This season, Mount Vernon will have nine starters on defense and five on offense.

“We have had a solid off-season and start to fall practice,” Dabbs said. “The players and coaches are all working hard in preparation for the season. We are thankful to all be back together this season so far, and we are hopeful that everyone can stay healthy and have a great season together.”

Mount Vernon’s top returning players include Austin Taylor LB, Will Palmer LB, Sam Landers LB, Liam OToole RB, Jack Mette WR, George Pope OL, Jackson Hammond DL, Channing Hall DL, Michael Lotz DL, Will Lavender K, Jackson Langley P and Will House DB.

Per Dabbs, the team’s key losses from last season are Blake Kytle QB, Andrew Douglas WR — who will play for Georgia Southern — and Erik Dodder OL/DL.

Mount Vernon’s first game is an away game Aug. 20 at Whitefield Academy at 7 p.m.

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