Blackmon: Leps can’t start game slowly

   Van Vleck Leopards tried to erase Hitchcock’s sizable first-half lead with a strong fourth quarter, but lost to the host Bulldogs 28-18 Friday night, Aug. 28.
   The game initially was cancelled because of inclement weather, but went on as planned under uncertain weather conditions.
   In their first game of the season, the Leopards fell behind the Bulldogs 22-0 at half, but tried to put things together with an 18-point fourth quarter.
   “Offensively the Hitchcock game revealed that we cannot start the game slowly,” said Leopard Coach Robert Blackmon.
   “I was proud of our team and coaches for fighting for four quarters and not giving up when we were down by 22 at the half. 
   “We had a few guys step up,” he added.
   “It was tough on us the first game condition wise, with the amount of players we have playing both ways, but we fought hard. 
   “Garrett Chambless played well defensively and Sam Bree ran the ball good with our offensive line opening up some holes for him,” Blackmon pointed out.
   Bree rushed for 164 yards on 20 carries, with two touchdowns.
   Leopard junior quarterback Payton Brown was 10-25-106 yards passing, with a touchdown.
   Van Vleck ended the night with 194 yards rushing to go with the passing attack, for 300 total yards.
   The Leopards will play Boling this Friday.
   Boling had its own share of weather miseries last Friday – its game with Fort Bend Christian Academy was cancelled. 
   “We match up well versus Boling as a team, so it should be a good game Friday night.”   

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