ATHENS — Garrett Smallwood passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Van past Athens 42-27 at Bruce Stadium.

Smallwood passed for 263 yards and Andrew Platter had 89 yards receiving for the Vandals.

Athens’ Devin Hall’s 25-yard touchdown run cut the Van advantage to 12-10 with 20 seconds left in the first period.

On the ensuing kickoff, Hunter Hopkins returned it for 81 yards and a touchdown for a 19-10 lead after the first period.

Hall rushed for 267 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns for Athens.

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Van 42, Athens 27

At Bruce Field

Van 19 7 8 8 — 42

Athens 10 3 14 0 — 27

First Quarter

V—Andrew Platter 22 pass from Garrett Smallwood (kick blocked) 9:03.

V—Smallwood 24 run (kick failed), 7:26.

A—Jesse Durham 24 FG, 3:20

A—Devin Hall 25 run (Durham kick), :20.

V—Hunter Hopkins 81 kickoff return (Frankie Grijalva kick), :06.

Second Quarter

A—Durham 35 FG, 7:35.

V—Carson Rucker 33 pass from Smallwood (Grijalva kick), 2:28.

Third Quarter

V—Platter 26 pass from Smallwood (Smallwood to Matt Savis pass), 11:09.

A—Hall 18 run (Durham kick), 7:46.

A—Adam Stallings 2 run (Durham kick), 3:08.

Fourth Quarter

V—Hopkins 8 run (Smallwood to Platter pass), 4:30.

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