HENDERSON — Caleb Medford ran for a pair of touchdowns, Kevin Fields added two scores and Henderson locked in a playoff berth with a 35-20 victory over Van on Friday in the District 10-4A Division I finale for both teams.
The Lions finish the regular season with a 7-3 overall record (3-2 in district), and they will face Midlothian Heritage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Stadium in Tyler in the opening round of the postseason.
Medford had 191 yards passing to go with 62 on the ground. Fields chipped in 70 yards, while Jy Fuller caught five passes for 130 yards.
Jayton Moffatt paced Van with 208 yards through the air, including 124 on seven connections to Hunter Hutchins.
Eli Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run with 6:54 to go in the opening quarter put Henderson up 7-0 after a Pedro Garza PAT.
Moffatt and Hutchins connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter, however, the PAT was missed.
Medford found Fields for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:41 remaining in the first to put Henderson up 14-6 going into the second.
Marcus Orozco ran in a 5-yard touchdown for Van, but Medford answered with his own 4-yard carry to push the Lions’ lead to 21-13 at the break.
He had a 1-yard run with three minutes left in the third to stretch the lead, and Garza picked off Moffatt and returned it inside the 20 on Van’s next possession.
Fields cashed in the turnover when he dashed eight yards for a score and a 35-13 lead.
Van’s final tally came with five seconds left in the third quarter on a 37-yard halfback pass from Javonta Thomas to Hutchins.
The Vandals drove to Henderson’s 1 in the fourth before turning the ball over on downs, and a last ditch effort resulted in another turnover on downs as Van will miss the postseason despite going 6-4.