Jeremy Clements is not the fastest of South Burlington's wide receivers. Nor is he the top option in the Rebels' explosive, spread attack.
But when the sophomore does haul in a reception, there's a good chance he'll hit paydirt.
With a pair of touchdown catches in the second quarter, Clements helped the Rebels extended their lead in disposing of Mount Mansfield 34-18 in a Division I high school football game Saturday afternoon.
Clements finished with three catches for 43 yards, Tanner Contois continued his star-studded season with 212 rushing yards and three long TD runs and the Rebels improved to 5-0 with another double-digit victory.
"I'm just doing my job. It's a lot easier to run (pass) plays, because the defense won't know it's coming," Clements said. "You run a spread and you can run it or pass it deep."
With Contois providing the big-play ability in the ground attack, Clements' timely catches proved decisive in the second quarter. Clements' first TD came on third-and-10 from the MMU 10-yard line, catching a pass from Hunter Riehle short of the goal line and fighting to reach the goal line.
Following Max Smith's fumble recovery on a muffed MMU punt, Riehle dropped a perfect pass into the arms of a streaking Clements, who cruised into the end zone for a 28-yard TD. The scores turned a 7-0 lead into a 21-0 advantage with 5:04 left in the second half.
Saturday's scores also gave Clements six TDs on the season. He said he has no more than 10 catches overall on the season.
"He's a heads-up kid and he's a strong kid, but not super fast," said South Burlington coach Joe McDonald about Clements. "He's got good hands and good field awareness as well."
Contois dashed for scoring runs of 45, 49 and 50 yards, the third swelling South Burlington's lead to 34-6 with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Josh Cann (23-yard run), Marcello Mosca (95-yard interception return) and Dakota Jones (21-yard run) had the TDs for a 2-3 MMU squad that battled to keep things close in the second half, coach Marty Richards said.
"I'm very proud of the effort. The boys played hard and they never gave up," Richards said. "We just made costly mistakes and had a hard time bringing down their backs. I can't explain why, but we didn't."
The Cougars also had a touchdown negated on offsetting penalties late in the third quarter that could have made it a two-possession game.
"That could have been a huge momentum shift," Richards said.
Jones led MMU's balanced attack with 104 yards and 14 carries. Cann added 58 yards on eight carries and Mosca ran for 41 of MMU's 290 yards on the ground.
Riehle finished 9-of-25 for 142 yards for the Rebels, who will lose Max Smith for Saturday night's home game against rival Champlain Valley. Smith was ejected in the fourth quarter for an unsportsmanlike penalty, one of several flags the Rebels need to clean up, McDonald said.
"That's not a good thing. We just discussed that with the team and that has to turn around, we can't keep doing that kind of stuff," McDonald said. "We have to be disciplined and I don't think we were very disciplined at all (today)."
MMU plays Friday night, traveling to Essex.