MOUNT PLEASANT – For the first time since 2016, the Mount Pleasant football team must seek help to win another conference title.
The two-time defending Rocky River 2A champion had its 12-game conference win streak end with a 34-21 loss against Anson Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers (2-6 overall, 0-1 RRC) have three conference games remaining, beginning at Forest Hills next Friday.
Anson (5-3, 2-0 RRC), which is sitting the driver’s seat, is off until Nov. 1.
“That’s just something we are going to have to overcome, but we are running out of time,” Mount Pleasant coach Mike Johns said. “We have three regular-season games left, and they are all must-wins.”
Mount Pleasant finished unbeaten in conference play in each of the last two seasons. Its last conference defeat was a 35-6 loss to Monroe on Oct. 14, 2016.
“This is our first conference loss in three years, so it has been a long time since we lost a conference game,” Johns said. “We just have to bounce back.”
Johns said that even though the Tigers are no longer unbeaten in conference play, most of their goals for the season are still in play.
“There’s still a lot of hope,” Johns said. “We can still achieve most of our goals, but we are going to need some help to win conference. But we can’t worry about that. We have to worry about the next three games.”
Mount Pleasant jumped on Anson, 14-0, by midway through the second quarter, looking as if the Tigers might continue the winning streak.
Anson tied the game at 14 and eventually took a 21-14 lead with 8 minutes, 55 seconds to go in the third quarter.
With 57 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Mount Pleasant’s Dalton Miller scored a rushing touchdown to tie the game at 21 and keep hope alive for the Tigers.
Anson found a way to seal the win, and Mount Pleasant is looking for a way to remain in the conference title hunt.
“Every game is a playoff game,” Johns said. “That’s the mindset that we have to have. We have to win. Next week is a must-win.”