VAN ALSTYNE — The Panthers have shown a tendency of going up big in the first half of games and Friday night was no different as Van Alstyne defeated S&S, 59-21, at Panther Stadium to remain undefeated.

VAN ALSTYNE — The Panthers have shown a tendency of going up big in the first half of games and Friday night was no different as Van Alstyne defeated S&S, 59-21, at Panther Stadium to remain undefeated.


S&S (2-3) didn’t start off well as the Rams fumbled on the game’s first play. The Panthers (5-0) recovered and Bryce Curtius connected on a 40-yard field goal with 10:11 left in the opening quarter.


"I’m always happy to get the win and it’s great to be 5-0," Van Alstyne head coach Mikeal Miller said.


Dont’e Kehler ran for a nine-yard touchdown on the Panthers’ next drive while Alex Phillips found Kearon Redmon from 10 yards out on the Panthers’ third drive to put them up 17-0 in the first.


"Receivers got open, linemen blocked great, running backs ran hard and we got a win," Phillips added.


Kehler rushed for 187 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns, a six-yarder and 63-yarder, while rushing for 111 yards in the third quarter alone.


"The line has been doing good all week, practicing really hard and I’m just glad to have a line like that," Kehler said. "The coaches just gave me an opportunity to make plays."


After completing all 10 pass attempts for 272 yards and four touchdowns last week at Aubrey (all in the first half), Phillips didn’t miss a beat in the first half against the Rams. He completed all eight attempts for 161 yards and three touchdowns.


Phillips finished with 174 yards on 10-of-10 passing and added a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Panthers up by 31 points.


Redmon found the end zone once more on a 74-yard kickoff return with 3:57 left to play. He finished with six catches for 96 yards.


"Kearon is a senior, a kid that we have a lot of expectations for and he’s one of our team leaders and tonight’s the kind of night that we need him to have in order for us to be successful," Miller said.


Grayson Leinart added 74 yards receiving and two touchdowns on three catches. On both scores, Phillips eluded the Rams defense, kept the play alive and found Leinart for the touchdown. Their first connection was from 41 yards out while their second was a 16-yarder.


"I just dropped back and didn’t see anybody and felt pressure, so I just rolled out of it," Phillips said. "I looked downfield and Grayson did a great job at getting open and I just let it fly and he got underneath it."


The Rams have dropped their last three after starting the season 2-0. Wyatt Maher was the leading rusher with 82 yards on 25 carries while Cameron Prewitt added 42 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth.


Ty Lollar threw for 148 yards and connected for touchdowns with Cordale Mercer twice, both in the second quarter.