"Leopards rout Rams" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck senior quarterback Joshua Delarosa still arms a Kashmere defender last Friday night.

   The Van Vleck Leopards celebrated homecoming night by scoring early and often in a 43-8 blowout of the Kashmere Rams.
   With the win, Van Vleck moves to 2-0 on the season before their first road game this Friday night against Second Baptist.
   The Leopards lit up the scoreboard on their second offensive possession of the night. 
   After a Kashmere punt set up Van Vleck at their own 47-yard line, it only took two plays for the Leopards to score.  
   Van Vleck quarterback Josh DeLarosa connected with Kadarius Woodard on a 50-yard pass-and-catch to start the drive, followed by a DeLarosa quarterback keeper from three yards out for the first Van Vleck score of the night. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were out in front 7-0. 
   The Van Vleck defense stood stiff on the next Ram drive, forcing a punt. 
   On the punt, Leopard return man Cameron Franklin took the ball at midfield and returned it down to the Kashmere 25-yard line, setting the offense up in great position.
   The Leopard offense didn’t waste time, as running back Sam Bree only needed two carries to score another Van Vleck touchdown. 
   Huerta made the extra point, pushing the Leopard lead to 14-0 with 2:45 left to go in the first quarter.
   The Van Vleck defense decided to get into the scoring on the next Kashmere possession. 
   After starting from their own 10-yard line, the Rams were forced to punt. 
   On the punt, Kashmere punter Jordan Wilson fumbled the high snap. Wilson attempted to run out of the end zone on the muffed punt, but was tackled quickly by Leopard linebacker Garrett Ros for the safety, making it 16-0 with time still left in the first quarter.
   Kashmere scored their only touchdown of the night in the second quarter on a 99-yard quarterback keeper by Christopher Nathan to cut the Van Vleck lead to 16-8, but the Leopards would answer right back on their next offensive possession.
   The Leopards started the drive from their own 45-yard line and methodically moved down the field; going 10 plays, capped off by a DeLarosa 5-yard pass to Bree for another touchdown. 
   Bree ran in the 2-point conversion, making it 24-8 going into halftime.
   Van Vleck started off the second half by taking the kickoff and finding the end zone once again.
   The Leopards started this drive from their own 20-yard line, going 80-yards in 15 plays, capped off by a 5-yard run by Brandon Espinosa to up the lead to 30-8.
   After another Leopard defensive stand on the next Ram possession, the offense once again found pay dirt. 
   Van Vleck started from their own 42-yard line and went to work. A 14-yard pass from DeLarosa to Jalen Williams pushed Van Vleck into Kashmere territory, and 3 plays later, Bree scored again to up the lead to 36-8 with 00:04 left in the third quarter.
   The Leopards would end their scoring with an Espinosa 23-yard run late in the fourth quarter to cap off the 43-8 victory.

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