VAN – The Van High School football team withstood an early Paden City score before bouncing back to claim their first victory of the young season, Friday, September 6, at Van.
Visiting Paden City scored six unanswered points in the first quarter but the Bulldogs fought back with 27 in the second frame and 14 in the third to give them a 41-14 win. Paden City scored its additional points on a touchdown and two extra-points in the second period.
Pitching the shutout in the second half, Bulldog fans saw reason for optimism for this 2013 season as their record now stands at 1-1.
Quarterback Brandon Elswick rushed in for three of the Van scores and added a two-point conversion on the night. He kept the ball 14 times for 148 yards rushing, with the longest going for 26 yards on a nippy fall night in Boone County. He had five completions on six passes for another 102 yards. On the night, his offensive total was 250.
Logan Crouse carried the pigskin seven times for 53 yards and Cole Price had one carry for nine yards. Tyler Houser picked up two yards on one tote, Corey Agosti gained 45 on three carries, and Herbert Wilson ran the ball once for one yard.
Elswick was the leader on defense as well, being credited with 12 tackles. Agosti had ten for the Dogs. Justin Lambert was credited with nine tackles; Derick Halley with seven; Brayden White, six; Cole Price, five; Crouse, Zack Pridemore and Gage Shipman, four each; Jamie Belcher, Michael Lovejoy and Jared Cook, three apiece; and Jordan Hartwell, one for Van.
In addition to Elswick’s scores, Crouse scored one touchdown and Lambert two for the Bulldogs.
In running their record to 1-1, Van has now scored 61 points in two games with their opponents scoring a combined 70.
Elswick punted twice, for 72 yards on the evening. Crouse had a 40-yard kickoff return and Agosti returned one kick for 24.
Van travels to Fayette County next week to meet Valley High School before returning home September 27 for a match-up with Midland Trail. The much-traveled Bulldogs head to Nicholas County to meet Richwood the following week.