VAN — Brady Grant rushed for 315 yards on 26 carries with five touchdowns in the Van Bulldogs dominating 46-20 win at Hershell Jarrell Field in Van Friday night.
Van improved to 7-2 on the season and kept its Class A playoff hopes alive.
“We are playing well right now,” said Bulldogs head coach Steve Price.
Van won its fifth straight game.
Van had 662 total yards on offense. In addition to Grant’s big game, Logan Crouse ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 70 passing yards.
The Van Bulldogs football team has a big Class A matchup at Man High School on Friday, Nov. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m. against the Class A powerhouse Man Hillbillies.
• The Mingo Central Miners defeated the Scott Skyhawks Friday night by a score of 62-12 on Mingo Central’s senior night held at Harless Stadium.
The first score of the game was one to remember when Mingo Central quarterback Steven Hammond connected with senior wide receiver Steven Whitt for a long 61-yard passing touchdown with 3:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Miners failed to convert the two-point conversion.
Scott tied up the ball game with 3:33 left to play in the first quarter when Mingo central kicked off after the touchdown. The kick was fielded by Scott’s Codie Loftus who then lateraled the ball to teammate Alan Johnson who rushed past the Miners and into the end zone. Scott failed to convert the two-point attempt and the score became tied at 6-6.
With :56 left to play in the first quarter Taylor Thornsbury rushed 74-yards to paydirt to add another score for the Miners. Hammond punched in the two-point conversion and the Miners took the lead with a score of 14-6.
Scott came firing back after Loftus intercepted a pass from Hammond and returned it for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed but the Skyhawks closed the gap with a score of 14-12.
The rest of the game was all Mingo Central. Hammond rushed in a touchdown from 1-yard out with 10:16 left to play in the second quarter. Thornsbury rushed in the two-point conversion and the Miners score jumped to 22.
Thornsbury added another score for the Miners with 2:48 left to play in the second quarter after he dashed 39-yards to the end zone. The two-point conversion was no good but the Miners score stood at 28.
Right before the end of the first half Hammond connected with Thronsbury again on a 45-yard passing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and the Miners headed to the locker room with a 34-12 lead.
To start the second half scoring Hammond connected with Whitt for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Hammond then connected with Tyler Grimmette in the end zone to add two more points to the score making it 42-12.
With 1:31 left to play in the third quarter Hammond completed another throw to Dalton Sheppard who converted the 34-yard pass into a touchdown for the Miners. Jeremy Harrison kicked in the extra point and the Miners score stood at 49.
To start off the fourth quarter Hammond and Whitt connected on a 10-yard passing touchdown. Harrisons extra point kick was blocked and the score rose to 55.
Hammond put the icing on the cake with another long touchdown pass to Grimmette for 64-yards. Harrison added the extra point and the Miners won the ball game with a final score of 62-12.
The Miners 725-yards of total offense towered over Scott’s 194-yards of total offense. The Miners averaged 11.7 yards per play and Scott averaged only 3.9 yards per play. The Miners had 345-yards passing on 16 completions and rushed for 380yards on 37 rushes.
Hammond threw six touchdown passes against Scott and rushed in one touchdown. Thornsbury finished the night with 219-yards rushing on 16 carries, Caleb Lester rushed for 103-yards on 10 carries.
Whitt had 113-yards receiving on five receptions and three touchdowns. Thornsbury had 104-yards receiving on five receptions and one receiving touchdown. Grimmtte had 92-yards receiving on only two receptions and a score and Sheppard scored one receiving touchdown.
The Scott Skyhawks have an open week next Friday.
• The Sherman Tide dropped to 1-7 on the season after losing to Meadow Bridge, 48-20, on the road.
Christian Willen, Kyle Davis and Logan Kauff led the rushing attack for the Tide. Willen had 47 yards on 6 carries, while Davis had a team high 65 yards on 13 attempts. Kauff added 39 yards on one carry.
Nate Dickens led the defense with 10 tackles, while Jacob Barnett, Bailey Kirk, J.T. Hensley, Tommy Harper, Adam Miller, John Dickens, Ben Salmons, Ian Beller, Matt Miller, Tristen Dunfee, Lance Hudson, Lakeland Richards and Kazz Workman all had good games on the defensive side of the ball.
Sherman’s next game is on Friday, Nov. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m. on the road at Buffalo High School.
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