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2012 LSG Team Preview — Van Vandals

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Van Vandals

Team: Van Vandals (15-3A)

Colors: Red/White

1st varsity season: 1930

Enrollment: 655 -- 4th largest in the district out of 6 schools

2012 Schedule:
Longview Pine Tree
@ Hallsville
@ Lindale
Kaufman
@ Texarkana Liberty-Eylau
Mineola **
@ Athens **
Brownsboro **
@ Mabank **
Canton **

Coach: Jared Moffatt (2 years) 17-7 record at Van; 17-7 All-Time Coaching Record

Returning Lettermen: 19

Returning Starters: Offense: 7 Defense: 6

Key Players:
* QB Garrett Smallwood Honorable Mention All-State (TSWA) 3,135 yards 34 TDs passing
* DL Sid Moore 102 tackles 34 TFL 8 sacks Honorable Mention All-State (TSWA)
* K/P/DB Chuy Alvarez 60 XP's 42 yards per punt avg. 1st Team All-State P (AP) 2nd Team All-State P (TSWA)
* WR/DB JR Carson Rucker Dist newcomer of the year
* LB Hunter Hopkins 74 tackles 1st Team All-District
* WR/DB Rigo Lemus 1st Team All-District DB 45 catches 797 yards 9 TDs receiving 61 tackles

Notes:
* 5 consecutive 7+ win seasons

  • Mike Says: The Vandals are set for another great season. They have 13 starters coming back from last years 10-2 team. Quarterback Smallwood will keep the offense on their high scoring pace while DL Moore leads his team at stopping the opponents. The kicking game is also in good hands with Chuy Alvarez. Look for them to go 9-1 or 10-0 in the regular season. Once the playoffs start, their bi-district game is against 16-3A which is going to be a very tough one to win no matter who it is.
  • Chris Says:  Van has been solid for quite some time and it should continue this year.   The Vandals bring back a lot of talent from a really good team last year and should be in the catbird seat when it comes to winning District 15-3A.  It is unlikely they can get past their first playoff game against the juggernaut that is District 16-3A.

Last Years Record: 10-2 overall 4-1 District

2011 Games:
at Grand Saline (5-5) (W 50-6)
vs Brownsboro (1-9) (W 52-18)
vs Palestine (7-4) (W 43-7)
at Crandall (4-6) (W 36-7)
at Longview Spring Hill (2-8) (W 28-7)
vs Quinlan Ford (3-7)* (W 47-12)
vs Canton (5-5)* (W 69-28)
at Lindale (10-2)* (L 43-50)
vs Wills Point (6-5)* (W 28-20)
at Emory Rains (1-9)* (W 40-14)

Playoffs: Division II Area
vs Ferris (3-8) (at Mesquite Memorial) (W 51-23) Bi-District
vs Gilmer (13-1) (at Longview) (L 40-57) Area

History:
* Ranks #22 in Class 3A All-Time Winning %
* 9 consecutive winning seasons
* 21-12 vs. Grand Saline Since 1979
* All time record: 505-319-20 61.02% 844 games
* Playoff Years: (27) 1936,1937,1941,1942,1943,1944,1948,1952,1963,1979,1980,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985
1992,1993,1996,1998,2002,2003,2004,2008,2009,2010,2011

Championship History: (1) 1-0
1979 2A - Van 25, McGregor 0

Last 5 year record: 42-16

Last 10 year record: 79-33

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