Just as he was in a victory over St. Albans last week, Mount St. Joseph sophomore running back Nevone McCrimmon was the focal point again for the Gaels against Landon.
The difference this week is that junior quarterback Bryan Jangro also displayed big-play ability in Mt. St. Joe's 24-14 victory in Irvington on Saturday afternoon.
McCrimmon rushed for 185 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown against Landon after torching St. Albans for 320 yards.
Jangro completed 10 of 16 passes for 135 yards on Saturday, including two second-half touchdown passes of 23 and 32 yards.
“He had a little bit of trouble with reads in the first half, but he settled down and had a nice game,” Gaels coach Blake Henry said.
Landon (2-1) scored on its first drive, moving 68 yards in six plays. Senior quarterback Philip Pena did most of the damage, teaming up with Anthony Fullum on a 50-yard pass play and capping the series with a 22-yard run for a score.
Mt. St. Joe answered quickly, covering 65 yards on four rushes by McCrimmon. He finished with a 2-yard run up the middle for the score with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter.
The 5-foot-10, 206-pound McCrimmon consistently knocked back defenders with jarring runs.
“He is really a physical runner and a Division I running back,” Henry said.
The Gaels went ahead for good with four seconds to go in the second quarter when James Nelson kicked a 34-yard field goal after Jangro set up the score on a 39-yard slant to Brandon Batts.
Mt. St. Joe took advantage of a 13-yard punt, which gave the Gaels the ball on the Landon 28 midway through the third quarter.
Four plays later, Jangro found Kyree Calli in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown to put the Gaels ahead, 16-7.
Landon moved down to the Gaels' 28 in the middle of the final quarter before middle linebacker Carey Wells-Jowers stuffed running back Jamal Francois on 4th-and-2 run.
Jangro's second touchdown, a toss to a wide-open Batts along the right sideline on 3rd-and-6, gave the Gaels a 23-7 lead late in the fourth quarter.
The threat of McCrimmon's running prowess opened up the passing lanes for Gael receivers.
“We had to defend the run and stop (McCrimmon),” Landon coach Paul Padalino said. “If we stop him, we have to commit a few people to the box. Defensively, we gave up too many big plays.”
Mount St. Joseph 24 Landon 14
MSJ 7 3 7 7 - 24
L-7 0 0 7 - 14
L-Ibitokun-Hanks 1 run (Kirtley kick)
MSJ-McCrimmon 2 run (Nelson kick)
MSJ- 34 kick Nelson
MSJ Calli 23 pass from Jangro
MSJ Batts 32 pass from Jangro
L Pena 9 run (Kirtley kick)