MERCER COUNTY — Van High rushed for 347 yards and proved stingy on the defensive side of the ball to bring home a 40-0 win over Montcalm on Oct. 1.
“We played well and our guys up front (offensive line) gave us a push,” said Van coach Mark Agosti. “We have a pair of guys back there running the ball that are a load.”
Brady Green turned in a stellar game, rushing 11 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns — including a nifty 65-yard scamper in the third period.
Byron Stewart returned to the field for his first time this season and turned in a quality game for Van in gaining 98 yards on nine touches coupled with 56 yards on four receptions.
“Getting some guys back who have been out is a big boost to our ball team,” Agosti added.
Van led the Generals 20-0 at intermission.
“It was more of the same in the second half,” Agosti said. “We were able to control the line of scrimmage and move the ball consistently, and we spread the ball around a bit.”
Montcalm (2-2) had no defensive answer for the Bulldog rushing attack and were unable to find pay dirt on offense.
Freshman quarterback Guner Flores spun an ultra-efficient game going 8-of-10 passing for 107 yards and a TD strike to Shaun Booth, who caught five balls for 39 yards.
Older brother Ridge Flores, playing on the offensive line this season, scored on his only carry of the game — a 53-yard run.
Van learned on Sunday that a game with Richwood that has been rescheduled multiple times will result in a forfeited win for the Bulldogs, making them 4-1 on the season.
Agosti said he’s not pleased with unsportsmanlike conduct calls against his squad.
“We are entering the heart of our schedule with some really tough teams coming up in Mount View, Sherman and Buffalo,” Agosti added. “We’ve got to play more disciplined football as a team. We need everyone on the field and available and not miss time due to losing our cool out there. Getting tossed from a game will cost you the next one, too, so we’ve really got to drill that reality into our kids this week. I’m not pleased about that.”
Van will host Mount View (3-1) on Oct. 8. The Golden Knights handled Sherman on Oct. 1, 44-18 at Zontini Field in Seth.
“They are very quick and have five kids who can really run,” Agosti said of Mount View. “We’ve got to work on keeping them in the middle of the field and when we do have the ball we have to run right at them and control the flow of the game.”
Van and the Golden Knights kick off at 7:30 p.m.