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Van Alstyne loses against Mabank

Bryce Brakebill,
The Herald Democrat
Van Alstyne's Dakota Howard (10) and Caden Whitley go to tackle Mabank's Matthew Jimenez during non-district action at Van Alstyne.

VAN ALSTYNE — After trailing by just a touchdown after the first quarter, Van Alstyne was unable to stop Mabank's rushing attack and get anything going when it had the ball as Van Alstyne lost for the second straight game, 34-7, in non-district action.

VA (1-3) was supposed to host Gainesville for a Homecoming celebration but the Leopards were forced to cancel the match-up due to positive COVID-19 tests. Mabank (3-1) was scheduled to play Canton before that contest was also called off.

The two teams decided to square off with just two days notice and Mabank was able to pull away for the win.

Mabank got on the board during its opening possession, a 75-yard drive that was capped by running back Marcus Pruitt, who totaled 160 yards on 19 carries, with a two-yard rushing touchdown — making it 6-0 after the extra point failed.

Mabank, which gained 305 yards on 47 carries, then capitalized after recovering a Van Alstyne fumble on the VA 32-yard line and needed only four plays to score on an 18-yard touchdown pass by Dahltyn McKinley to Landry Johnson for a 14-0 advantage following the two-point conversion run from Kirby Hargett in the middle of the first.

Van Alstyne responded on its next possession, marching 77 yards in five plays and scoring on a beautiful 45-yard touchdown pass by Gavin Montgomery to Dakota Howard.

The touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the frame put Van Alstyne within striking distance as the first quarter came to a close.

Unfortunately for Van Alstyne, Mabank controlled the ballgame for the final three quarters.

Cody Chapman had a 27-yard touchdown run in the middle of the second quarter and then right before the teams headed to the locker room Davontae Lowe scored from a one-yard out as Mabank held a 28-7 lead at the break.

The of the last scoring came in the middle of the third when McKinley, who completed 4-of-5 passes for 70 yards connected with Hargett on a 26-yard touchdown catch.

Van Alstyne struggled both rushing — finishing with 60 yards on 20 carries — and Montgomery finished 4-of-8 passing for 55 yards and an interception. Gavin Bybee led VA with five carries for 43 yards.

“I feel like we were very undisciplined,” Van Alstyne head coach Mikeal Miller said. “Just seemed like we didn't come out ready to play. We just have got to get better and figure out how we can get more physical for next week.”

Van Alstyne will look to bounce back when it hosts Farmersville on Friday.



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