BLACKSVILLE — The ninth-ranked Clay Battelle football team scored almost at will in a 50-22 win over Van, Friday, in Monongalia County.
The much-traveled Bulldogs may be road-weary in a season that features some of the longest trips in West Virginia high school ball.
The Dogs were also meeting one of the state’s premier football squads in the CeeBees, who have virtually run over opponents all season long.
In a season dedicated to the memory of Clay Battelle student Sydney Rush, who was killed in a tragic accident in October, the CeeBees are expected to challenge for a Class A state championship. Van dropped to 3-5 on the season with the loss. Now, the Dogs must win at South Gallia, Ohio and powerful Man in order to avoid a losing year.
The Van statistician did not provide quarter-by-quarter scores for the game.
As usual, however, Van quarterback Brandon Elswick was the leading rusher for the team. He kept the ball eight times for 39 yards. Corey Agosti carried it four times for 14 markers. Logan Crouse added four totes for six yards; and Cole Price grabbed it once for four yards.
Defensively, Agosti was the leader with 18 tackles. Elswick added 12 and Brayden White, ten for the Dogs. Justin Lambert was credited with six tackles; Crouse, five; Michael Lovejoy, four; Cole Price and Tyler Houser, three each; and Nick Hager and Jordan Hartwell, two apiece for Van.
Lambert scored two of the Van touchdowns; with Crouse adding the third. Agosti added the two-point conversion.
The Bulldog game at South Gallia, Ohio, is scheduled for this Friday evening. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The showdown with Man will be November 8, also at 7:30 p.m.