Van Vleck JH turns back Tidehaven in football


On Oct. 11, the Van Vleck JH football team traveled to Tidehaven to take on the Tigers at Delvin L. Taska Stadium. 

For the 7th grade, it was an interesting first half, for the Leopards the defense was on point stopping the Tigers’ offense.  As for the Leopard’s offense, they made a couple of crucial mistakes to allow the Tigers to stay in the game in the first half.  At halftime the score was 0-0.  

After some adjustments at halftime, the Leopards finally got on track offensively.  The Leopards took the opening drive of the second half and marched it down field with Brett Noster scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0.  With the Leopards going for the 2-point conversion, which was successful with a three-yard pass from Brett Noster to Charlie Hill to make it an 8-0 lead in the third quarter.  

Then the Leopards defense came up big at the end of the third quarter with Reagan Thompson intercepting a Tigers’ pass.  With the beginning of the fourth quarter the Leopards drove down the field with Brett Noster making a 25-yard run to keep the drive alive.  

With 2:55 left of the fourth quarter, Brett Noster tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Kaiden Garza to make it 14-0 with the two-point conversion no good. With the last-ditch effort for the Tigers, they tried to throw the ball, but Hunter Arrington intercepted the pass and returned it for 30-yards to close out the game.  This puts the Leopards 2-0 in district and 3-1 overall.

For the 8th grade it was an interesting first half for the Leopards.  The Tigers dominated the time possession of the first half with over 15 minutes of offense.  The Leopards only had the ball for 45 seconds, but at halftime the score was 14-14, with Cameron Austin in the first half carried the ball 4 times for 123 yards rushing and with two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.  

Van Vleck made some big adjustments at halftime and the Leopards took control of the second half, shutting down the Tigers offense that dominated the Leopards in the first half.  Finally, the Leopards scored 22 unanswered points.  

With 16.5 seconds of the 3rd quarter, Cameron Austin ran for a 25-yard touchdown run to go up 20-14 with the 2-point conversion no good.  Then in the fourth quarter, Kaleb Brown decided to cash in for a 60-yard touchdown run and with Kentrell West scoring a two-point conversion to go up 28-14.  

Then the defense didn’t want to leave out Cameron Austin, he picked up a fumble and returned it for a 65-yard touchdown and with Kentrell West again scoring on a two-point conversion to end the game 36-14.  This puts the Leopards 1-0-1 in district and 1-2-1 overall.  

Our next game is next Thursday, Oct. 18, against Schulenburg Shorthorns at Burl McKinney Stadium in Van Vleck.  

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