"Lions take a bite out of Leopards in bi-district round" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Van Vleck running back Sam Bree (2) works through Franklin defenders to gain yardage.

   WALLER – With the Van Vleck Leopards finishing fourth in District play, the team found themselves facing state-ranked Franklin in round one of the playoffs. 
   The Lions lived up to their state ranking, scoring early and often in a 58-19 victory, ending the season for the Leopards.  
   Van Vleck gave their fans some excitement early in the game. After the Lions took a quick 7-0 lead, the Leopards went on the offensive. 
   On second down from their own 35-yard line, Van Vleck quarterback Payton Brown busted off a long 61-yard run down to the Franklin 4-yard line. 
   Brown took it in two plays later and with a Hayden Pena extra point, the game was tied at 7 apiece with 7:54 left in the second quarter. 
   The tie didn’t last long as Franklin turned good field position on their next possession into points. The Lions started at the Van Vleck 39-yard line and scored in only three plays. 
   Lion running backs Bobby Washington and Malcolm Murphy led the charge, with Washington taking it in from 1 yard out to give Franklin the lead back, 13-7. 
   The Leopards could not find any running room on their next possession and some confusion on fourth down gave Franklin the ball back at the Leopard 32-yard line. 

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