ATHENS - Van quarterback Garrett Moseley hit on 14 of 23 passing attempts for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Vandals to a 44-13 win over Athens Friday night at Bruce Field.
Moseley and the Vandals took the opening kickoff, marching 54 yards in seven plays, capped by a 14-yard Isaiah Allred reception as Van showed dominance on offense early.
“Moseley has always been a great runner,” Van coach Jared Moffatt said. “His passing has come along. At times he is really accurate now.”
As good as the Van offense has been through six games, the defense is at least equally as strong, not allowing the Hornets a first down on their first five possessions and holding opponents to just over 17 points per game this season.
Moffatt couldn’t say enough about the defensive effort.
“The thing that sticks out about our defense is they are just playing so hard, just flying to the football,” he said.
Wide Receivers Connor Houston and Allred both went over 100 yards receiving with 155 and 109, respectively.
Athens managed to find some success with their tight running formation, Jerquindon Taylor burst off a 73-yarder in the second half and Maalik Hall scored the final Athens TD on a six-yard run.
Van has averaged more than 46 points per game while only allowing 17 in six contests, showing an explosive offense than can hurt teams in a number of ways and a stingy “fly-to-the-ball” defense that is just hard to make headway against.
The Vandals took a 35-7 halftime lead as Moseley tossed consecutive TD passes to Allred, Holden Myers (12 yards) and Allred again (25).
Cooper Bledsoe then returned an interception 46 yards for a TD. After Alex Vasquez booted his fourth PAT, Van led 28-0.
Athens scored with 53 seconds left in the half as Rowdy Godwin hauled in a 12-yard TD pass from Kavius Fulton. Dakota Anderson booted the PAT.
But Van struck again as Moseley scored on a 30-yard TD run just 13 seconds showing. Vasquez’s kick made it 35-7 at the half.
Van went up 41-7 as Reid Thomas bulled in from the 1 in the third quarter. However, the PAT was blocked.
In the fourth quarter Vasquez booted a 35-yard field goal.