VAN — Liberty (Raleigh) got over 300 yards combined from running backs Logan Dodrill and Ryan Sims, and the Raiders easily defeated the Van Bulldogs at Hershel Jarrell Field, 52-8, on Friday, Sept. 4.
The Class AA Raiders (1-0) took a two-score lead early in the contest and stretched out to a 30-0 deficit, which became too much for the Class A bulldogs (0-1) to overcome.
“The game was won at the line of scrimmage,” said first-year Van Head Coach Mark Agosti. “Their defensive line dominated us up front and we couldn’t overcome that. They are very fast at the skilled positions and they have experienced linemen.”
Van was without its top returning offensive lineman and linebacker, Slade Adams, who suffered a broken arm in a scrimmage game with Tolsia on Aug. 28.
“That is a big loss for us because of what he brings to the team in so many areas,” Agosti added. “We hope to have him back in three weeks or so.”
Agosti said that, despite the outcome, he was proud of his squad for their maximum effort through the last second of the game.
“The kids played their heart out but we were just over-matched in too many areas,” he said. “Brady Green and Byron Stewart ran real hard and we moved the ball, we just couldn’t punch it in. When it was 38-0, they were playing like it was 0-0. Our attitude and our effort was something that we can build on. We’ll get back in here Monday and work on some things and go back out Friday and try to get us a win.”
Van will travel to Paden City on Sept. 11.
Brady Green — 141 yards on 17 carries
Byron Stewart — 23 yards on 7 carries
Shaun Booth — 81 on 8 carries
Kalen Booth — 34 yards on 5 carries
Kalen Booth — 2-of-2 for 21 yards
Brady Green — 1 catch for 11 yards
Shaun Booth — 1 catch for 10 yards