MEADOW BRIDGE – The Van Bulldogs started off the 2013 football regular season with a 56-20 loss to powerful Meadow Bridge.
Although statistics from the game were not available at press time, Meadow Bridge fans delighted to the antics of Jake Parker during the evening.
Parker, the state’s leading returning rusher from last year, started off his senior season by rushing for 447 yards and six touchdowns.
In fact, Parker was virtually all the Wildcats needed on offense, as Van could manage just 20 points.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Parker recorded 12 tackles for Meadow Bridge.
The loss dropped Van to 0-1 on the young season while Meadow Bridge goes to 1-0.
This week, the Bulldogs will be at home Friday evening for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off against Paden City.
Coach Steve Price’s squad is looking to return Van football to its winning days of the past this season.
After the Paden City match-up, the Bulldogs travel to Montgomery to meet Valley (Fayette) on September 13 before returning home to face Midland Trail on September 27 after a week off.
One of the most-traveled teams in the state, Van goes to Richwood in Nicholas County on October 4 before returning home for a contest with county Class A rival Sherman on October 11. Tug Valley is scheduled to visit Van on October 18.
It’s off to Clay- Battelle on October 25 before a trip to South Gallia, Ohio on November 1. The season ends at Man on November 8.