“They ended up with minus yardage in the passing game,” said Van Bulldog Head Coach Stephen Price.
Van held Paden City to 110 overall yards in the Class A game.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs also played well.
Senior runningback Chris Halley carried the ball 13 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, the unofficial stats showed.
As a team, the Bulldogs unofficially gained over 400 yards on 34 rushing attempts.
Our young guys also played well,” according to Price.
Van started three freshman and has a team with a good mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores as well.
“Everyone gave a great effort,” said Price.
Van’s junior quarterback Tyler Gunnoe played a nearly flawless game. He ran for over 170 yards and scored two touchdowns. He threw for 50 yards and a touchdown. Gunnoe had no turnovers in the game.
“He played an outstanding game,” Price said. “He audibled well at the line, didn’t make any bad mistakes and ran our offense well.”
Van jumped out to an early lead.
Gunnoe threw a touchdown to runningback Matt White just before halftime, giving the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead.
White also played well on defense. He recorded 19 tackles, according to unofficial stats.
Price said Van’s 14 penalties for nearly 100 yards was something the team would be working on before its next game Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Tug Valley.
“Penalties cost us two touchdowns,” Price said. “We can’t have those kind of mistakes against a double A team like Tug Valley.”
Tug Valley beat Sherman last week, 22-21.