FRISCO - Van tried to rally from a three-touchdown deficit but a late Kennedale TD held off the Vandals, 42-28, on Friday in a Class 4A Division I area playoff game at the Ford Center at the Star.
Kennedale (11-1) advances to meet Midlothian Heritage (12-0), a 51-20 winner over Crandall on Friday in Dallas.
Van ends its season at 10-2.
After taking a 7-3 lead in the second quarter on quarterback Garrett Moseley’s 3-yard run and the PAT by Calen McKinney, the Vandals fell behind 24-7 on TD runs from the Wildcats’ Jaden Knowles (1 yard), DJ Kirven (21) and Evan Jowers (53).
But Van pulled within 24-21 on consecutive TD passes to Ethan Robinson. Moseley tossed the first one to Robinson for 23 yards, while the second came on a 50-yard bomb from Gus Brewer.
Kennedale’s Kevin Tiero booted a 31-yard field goal as the Wildcats led 27-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats went on top 35-21 on Kirven’s 2-yard dash and Larry Brooks’ two-point conversion run.
Van pulled within 35-28 as Brewer caught a 3-yard TD pass from Moseley on fourth-and-goal and McKinney booted the extra point.
But Kennedale put the game away on a 44-yard run by Knowles.
Moseley completed his fantastic high school career by hitting on 17 of 40 pass attempts for 203 yards and with TD passes. He also rushed for 45 yards and a TD.
Brewer hauled in 10 catches for 120 yards and a TD, while tossing a TD pass as well.
Elijah Rankine had five catches for 55 yards with Robinson grabbing three tosses for 78 yards and two TDs.
Knowles led the Wildcats’ rushing attack with 148 yards on 22 attempts with Jowers adding 121 yards on nine carries.
Kennedale 42, Van 28
Van 0 7 14 7 - 28
Kennedale 3 14 10 15 - 42
KD-FG Kevin Tiero 21
VAN-Garrett Moseley 3 run (Calen McKinney kick)
KD-Jaden Knowles 1 run (Tiero kick)
KD-DJ Kirven 21 run (Tiero kick)
KD-Evan Jowers 53 run (Tiero kick)
VAN-Ethan Robinson 23 pass from Moseley (McKinney kick)
VAN-Robinson 50 pass from Moseley (McKinney kick)
KD-FG Kevin Tiero 31
KD-Kirven 2 run (Larry Brooks run)
VAN-Gus Brewer 3 pass from Moseley (McKinney kick)
KD-Knowles 44 run (Tiero kick)
First Downs 19 17
Rushes-Yards 22-68 46-357
Passing Yards 253 57
Comp.-Att.-Int. 18-42-1 3-7-0
Punts-Avg. 6-35.7 3-34.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-30 7-60
RUSHING-Van, Garrett Moseley 17-45, Davonta Johnson 2-14, Elijah Rankine 3-9. Kennedale, Jaden Knowles 22-148, Evan Jowers 9-121, DJ Kirven 14-89, David Roper 1-(minus 1).
PASSING-Van, Moseley 17-40-1-203, Gus Brewer 1-1-0-50, Liam Nelson 0-1-0-0. KENNEDALE, Jowers 3-7-0-57.
RECEIVING-Van, Brewer 10-120, Ethan Robinson 3-78, Rankine 5-55. Kennedale, Roper 1-34, Nathan Otts 1-22, Jaden Smith 1-1.