MADISON — The Van Middle School football team controlled George Washington’s high- powered offense for more than three quarters of play during last Saturdays conference championship game held at the Scott High School Football Complex. In the end, though, the Bulldogs fell short as the Blue Devils won 26-15 with a late surge. Van held a 15-6 lead after three quarters of play and led 15-12 with just over five minutes left in the game.
Van Coach Ron Deal commented, “We were prepared for this game. We came out focused and ready to play. We controlled the tempo and were in an excellent position to win the game. In the third quarter we attempted to run our brand of power football to control the clock and had some minor problems with our alignments, opening the door for them to make a big stop and get the ball back.” With 4:33 left in the game George Washington took the lead 20-15. Van showed it wasn’t ready to concede and drove the ball to the GW 26-yard-line before turning the ball over on a forced fumble.
The Bulldog defense again held strong, holding the Blue Devils to a fourth down and four. Van stacked the line in an attempt to hold George Washington and their quarterback broke a 56-yard run down to the two-yard-line. The Blue Devils scored on the next play to take a hard fought 26-15 victory.
“Our kids played their hearts out. When GW took their first lead with just over four minutes left in the game, our kids were determined to get it back. You could see it in their eye’s. We put up a good fight and fell a little short.”
Coach Deal continued, “We needed to play perfect to beat them. We played pretty darn close to perfect for more than three quarters. A couple of defensive assignment were missed, we didn’t line up correct a couple of times and we had a turnover. Championship teams will beat you if you give them the chance. George Washington is a championship team.”