Vandals remain undefeated after dominating Lindale, 41-17

After rallying from 27 points down to win at Princeton, the Van Vandals sent a strong and clear message that no second half comeback heroics would be necessary in Lindale Friday night as the Vandals dominated the Lindale Eagles, 41-17, to remain unbeaten at 3-0 this season.

Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals will close out their non-district schedule when they host the Palestine Wildcats for Homecoming at Van’s Memorial Stadium Friday in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Against Lindale, the Vandals rolled up 24 first downs and 505 yards of total offense including 310 yards passing and 195 yards rushing while Van’s defense held Lindale’s offense to one field goal into the fourth quarter before allowing two meaningless touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Vandal defense registered two quarterback sacks, forced one turnover and stopped two Lindale possessions on fourth down in Van territory.

QB Garrett Moseley of the Vandals finished with 19 completions in 30 attempts for 310 yards passing and six TD’s as he also carried the ball 15 times for 125 yards rushing to end the contest with 435 total yards of offense.

For the second game in a row, Van almost had three 100-yard receivers as Gus Brewer finished with six receptions for 105 yards while Ethan Robinson had seven receptions for 86 yards and three TD’s and Elijah Rankine caught four passes for 92 yards and three TD’s.

The Vandals and the Eagles opened their contest with a Vandal punt that led to Lindale threatening to score on its first offensive possession as they moved from their own 17 to the Van 30 in five plays including a screen pass completion from QB Dillon Heinaman to running back Jordan Robinson covering 57 yards.

Lindale was turned away by the Vandal defense on fourth down and four as Robinson (13 carries, 70 yards) was stopped short of the first down marker after a three-yard gain.

Following an exchange of punts, the Vandals broke the scoreless deadlock as they moved 54 yards in three plays to take a lead they would never give up throughout the game.

Moseley ended the short scoring drive as he connected with Robinson on a 44-yard TD pass play giving the Vandals a 6-0 advantage with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point attempt sailed wide left.

After another Lindale punt, the Vandals extended their lead by advancing 85 yards in 12 plays as the Moseley to Robinson connection struck again, this time on a 3-yard TD pass play to end the time-consuming march. Calen McKinney added the extra point to give the Vandals a 13-0 lead with 9:07 to play in the second quarter.

 

Key plays in the Vandal scoring drive included running gains of 12 yards each by RB Davonta Johnson and Moseley as well as a 32-yard pass completion from Moseley to Brewer.

Lindale responded with their only scoring drive in the first half as they moved from its own 39 to the Vandal 17 in eight plays including a 10-yard run by Heinaman, a 14-yard run by Robinson and a 13-yard pass completion from Heinaman to wide receiver Cooper Azbell.

Facing fourth down and five at the Van 17, Lindale sent in kicker Jose Guevara to attempt a 35-yard field goal which was good cutting the Vandal advantage to 13-3 with 6:06 remaining before halftime.

It only took one offensive play following the ensuing kickoff for the Vandals to answer as Moseley connected with a wide-open Rankine on a 68-yard TD pass play. McKinney added the extra point stretching the Vandal advantage to 20-3 with 5:51 still remaining before intermission.

After an Eagle punt, the Vandals began to put the game out of reach as they moved 75 yards in 12 plays with the Moseley to Rankine duo connecting again, this time on an 8-yard TD pass play. McKinney added the extra point to give Van a 27-3 advantage with only 12 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Pass completions from Moseley covering 23, 17 and 11 yards to Brewer and a 22-yard run by Moseley were key plays in the Vandals scoring drive.

In the third quarter after a booming 50-yard punt by Lindale pinned the Vandals deep in their own end of the field at the 1-yard line, Van put together arguably their most impressive offensive drive in the young season as they advanced 99 yards in 10 plays to continue their control of the game.

For the third offensive series in a row, Moseley connected with Rankine, this time on a 10-yard TD pass play. McKinney added the extra point as Van held a comfortable 34-3 advantage with 5:43 to play in the third quarter.

Key plays in the long scoring march for Van including running gains of 39 and 13 yards by Moseley as well as pass completions from Moseley covering 20 yards to H-back Cade Borgeson and 13 yards to Brewer.

Following a poor eight-yard punting effort by the Eagles, the Vandals appeared to be on their way to adding more points on the scoreboard as they moved from the Lindale 47 as deep as the Eagle 33 in four plays including a 13-yard pass completion from Moseley to Robinson.

The scoring threat ended for Van when Johnson fumbled as the loose football was recovered by Eagle linebacker Corey DeArmint at the Lindale 37.

Two plays later, the ball was turned back over to Van as a second down and five pass from Heinaman was tipped and intercepted by Vandal linebacker Beckett Preston at the Eagle 41.

Nine plays later, the Vandals finished their scoring for the evening as Moseley connected with Robinson on a 3-yard TD pass play. McKinney added the extra point as the Vandals held a commanding 41-3 advantage with 11:08 to play in the fourth quarter.

Key plays in the final Vandal scoring drive included an 11-yard pass completion from Moseley to Robinson and an 11-yard run by Moseley.

Lindale advanced from its own 31 to the Vandal 27 in eight plays including pass completions from Heinaman covering 13 yards to WR Colton Brown and 38 yards to WR Brennon Moore.

Facing fourth down and six at the Vandal 27, the Eagles attempted to go for the first down but Heinaman was forced to throw the pass out of bounds after a fierce Vandal pass rush.

Following a Vandal punt, the Eagles moved 29 yards on five consecutive running plays for their first TD drive of the game.

Heinaman ended the short march with a 1-yard TD plunge. Guevara added the extra point cutting Van’s advantage to 41-10 with 2:04 remaining.

After another Vandal punt, Lindale closed out the scoring by moving 54 yards in six plays to draw closer.

Heinaman (13 completions, 26 attempts, 213 yards, one TD, one interception) ended the scoring drive with a 16-yard TD pass completion to Brown (eight receptions, 100 yards). Guevara added the extra point to cut Van’s lead to 41-17 with 1:24 left before the Vandals ran two QB kneel-downs to end the game.

Lindale’s final TD drive included pass completions from Heinaman covering 23 and 20 yards to Brown.