Ninth-Ranked Van Erupts in Second Half to Power Past Athens
[By JOE ELERSON, Athens Daily Review]
VAN – For one half of football Friday, the Athens Hornets gave state-ranked Van a scare.
In the second half, the No. 9 Vandals responded as they left with a 56-38 victory.
Van is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in District 8-4A Division I play.
The Athens Hornets are 2-4 and 1-1 in district.
Athens returns to action Friday hosting the Kaufman Lions, while the Vandals play at Brownsboro.
Athens scored the opening touchdown of the game as Xavius Fulton capped a nine-minute drive with a five-yard run. The Hornets went for two and Jordan Mayhall scored for the 8-0 lead.
Van responded back as Garrett Moseley scored on a one-yard run. Calen McKinney booted the PAT with 11:56 remaining in the first half.
Athens put together another strong drive as Fulton scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard run. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT for a 15-7 lead.
Van showed off its explosive passing game as Gus Brewer hauled in a 27-yard pass from Moseley to cut the deficit to 15-14 with 8:41 remaining until hafltime.
But once again, Athens responded right back as Fulton found tight end Rowdy Godwin wide open for a 29-yard touchdown. The score gave Athens a 22-14 lead.
Van then scored the final 14 points of the first half on two long pass plays. Brewer hauled in a 41-yard reception with 5:40 remaining. and Elijah Rankine then wrapped up the scoring with a 60-yard reception for the 28-22 halftime lead.
Athens capped the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run by Andrew McBride and a two-yard run by Mayhall.