Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 27, 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT FLASHBACK: Van thumps rival Brownsboro, 70-30

Joseph Elerson
The Athens Review

VAN — The Van Vandals showed why they are one of the top teams in District 15-3A Friday night in a 70-30 thumping of the Brownsboro Bears at Van Memorial Stadium.

Van (7-1, 3-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense against the Brownsboro defense, which was yielding 27 points per game.

The Vandals have controlled the series with the Bears for two years running, having won 51-18 in a non-district game last year.

The high-powered Van offense jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Sophomore running back Matt Savis capped a four-play, 65-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Garrett Smallwood then barreled his way in for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead with 10:08 remaining in the quarter.

After a touchdown run by Syd Moore and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by Aphonso Thomas for the 22-0 lead, Smallwood put the game out of reach with a two-yard touchdown run.

Brownsboro (5-3, 2-1) found a way to get on the scoreboard with six minutes remaining in the opening half when Shelby Rogers barreled his way in from a yard out. The extra point was no good, leaving the Vandals in a 35-6 lead..

Following the ensuing kickoff, Van running back Hunter Hopkins blasted his way to paydirt from 75 untouched yards out. Frankie Grijalva nailed the PAT good with 5:48 remaining in the first half.

Brownsboro then relied on the arm of Rogers on its next drive. Tyler Thomison capped off the pass-happy 60-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown reception on fourth and five. The Bears went for two but failed as Brock Moore intercepted Rogers with 4:18 remaining in the first half.

In the second half, both teams traded touchdowns. Savis scored his third touchdown of the game from five yards out, followed by a 29-yard pitch and catch from Rogers to receiver Davonte Givens.

Van then had a 25-yard touchdown run by Thomas and a 21-yard run from Patrick Ward in the fourth quarter.

Brownsboro had a 40-yard touchdown reception by Givens and a 33-yard pitch and catch from Jared Bragdon to Chris Davis with 2:49 remaining in the contest.

Rogers led the way for the Bears, throwing for 242 yards on 17-of-34 passing. He also had three interceptions. Givens had eight catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Brownsboro travels to Canton next week to take on the Eagles, who are tied with Van top the district standings. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Van 70, Brownsboro 30
Brownsboro  0  12  6  12 — 30
Van  22  27  7  14 — 70
First Quarter
V — Matt Savis 6 run (Garrett Smallwood run), 10:08
V — Sid Moore 4 run (Frankie Grijalva kick), 6:19
V — Aphonso Thomas 60 interception return (Grijalva kick), 4:51
Second Quarter
V — Smallwood 2 run (Grijalva kick), 11:55
V — Savis 2 run (kick failed), 10:20
B — Shelby Rogers 1 run (kick failed), 6:00
V — Hunter Hopkins 75 run (Grijalva kick), 5:48
B — Tyler Thomison 20 from Rogers (pass intercepted), 4:18
V — Moore 1 run (Grijalva kick), 0:16
Third Quarter
V — Savis 5 run (Grijalva kick), 10:12
B — Davonte Givens 29 from Rogers (pass failed), 8:57
Fourth Quarter
V — Thomas 25 run (Grijalva kick), 11:54
B — Givens 40 from Rogers (pass failed), 10:47
V — Patrick Ward 21 run (Grijalva kick), 3:59
B — Chris Davis 33 from Jared Bragdon (run failed), 2:49
                        B              V
First downs                15                   25
Rush-yards                15-24             57-426
Passing yards            249                 111
C-A-I         19-40-3         6-15-0
Fumbles-lost              1-1                  3-0
Punts-avg. 2-23.5           1-35
Penalties-yards           7-64               12-90
Rushing — Brownsboro: Johntae Walker 7-24; Shelby Rogers 6-4; Jared Bragdon 1-0; Cesar Gutierrez 1-minus 4. Van: Matt Savis 21-150; Hunter Hopkins 9-109; Garrett Smallwood 6-50; Aphonso Thomas 8-57; Patrick Ward 2-26; Sid Moore 6-19; Brandon Adams 3-11; Luke McGowan 1-2, Carson Rucker 1-1.
Passing — Brownsboro: Shelby Rogers 17-34-3-242; Jared Bragdon 2-6-40. Van: Garrett Smallwood 6-15-111.
Receiving — Brownsboro: Davonte Givens; 8-167; Tyler Thomison 3-43; Chris Davis 2-40; Cesar Gutierrez 2-16; Johntae Walker 2-7; Demetrius Moore 1-5; Dustin Bendall 1-4. Van: Carson Rucker 3-47; Luke McGowan 2-39; Matt Savis 1-25.