CINCINNATI - Defense has become the name of the game at Mount Healthy and on Wednesday night in the Crosstown Showdown at the Sheakley Center on the University of Cincinnati’s campus they put on another outstanding performance blanking a very good Anderson squad, 22-0.
The Owls gave up just 52 yards passing and just 80 more rushing on 32 Redskins carries (2.5/carry).
A huge part of Mount Healthy’s success on this side of the ball is the play of senior twin brothers Jordan and Justin Lackey. The duo each had a sack of Anderson quarterback Kevin Rogers. From the Halls of the Justice League, the Wonder Twin powers were activated and the Lackeys were the form of a missile and the shape of havoc in this affair.
Dating back to their sophomore year, the Owls are 13-2 in their last 15 starts with five shutouts while holding their opponents to seven points or fewer on another seven occasions.
On the other side of the Mount Healthy offense sputtered in a penalty laden first half as they went into half locked at 0-0. They would eventually become too much for Anderson to handle after the break.
In real life a group of Owls is called a Parliament and that moniker is so appropriate for the Mount Healthy backfield trio of Tyree Elliott, David Montgomery and Hjavier Pitts. The Parliament accounted for every one of Mount Healthy’s yards on offense, combining to carry the ball 47 times for 302 yards.
Montgomery led the way with 158 of his 200 yards of total offense running the football. He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Elliott and exploded for a 40-yard scoring scamper five minutes into the second half to draw first blood.
Elliott finished with 143 all-purpose with 92 of those coming on the ground.
Pitts ran for 52 yards and had two receptions for 12 yards.
Up next for Mount Healthy is Bishop Fenwick (1-0). Anderson will try and rebound at home against another athletic and strong squad in Withrow.