VAN ALSTYNE — The Panthers are back on the prowl as of this Friday, after a bye which gave Van Alstyne time to practice as Van Alstyne prepares to travel to take on Whitesboro (2-3). The Bearcats are looking to make a strong comeback after a staggering 55-10 loss on Sept. 29 against Fort Worth Christian High School.
The previous game in which the Panthers have met defeat was a 33-15 loss against district rival the Anna Coyotes on Sept. 15. Van Alstyne (4-1) will be looking to add another victory to earn an official three-game winning streak beginning with a barn-burning 49-27 win over Community on Sept. 22, followed by a stunning 31-25 victory on Sept. 29 over Gainesville.
The victory was the high point of the season for Van Alstyne after Austin Moore kicked a 35-yard field goal to tie the game at 25-25. The following kickoff resulted in Ty Cosper (11) catching the ball and fighting his way from one side of the field to the Gainesville end zone to score a 100 yard touchdown that made the Panther supporters go absolutely wild. Cosper’s touchdown run was an unexpected tie-breaker, which sealed the victory in the fourth quarter with under a minute of gameplay left on the scoreboard.
The first game of district play for Van Alstyne will be a short trip north to play against rivals Howe at Bulldog Stadium. The district opener is crucial for the Howe Bulldogs (0-5) future place in the district, since they have yet to record any wins in the 2017 season. The Panthers will be ready to pounce on a playoff run in November if Van Alstyne can keep the momentum going through the much anticipated district competition.
The Panthers will follow up the game against their neighbors on US-75 on Oct. 27 when they host Callisburg (1-4). On Nov. 3 Van Alstyne will take on the Cardinals on their home turf at Pottsboro (3-2) before hosting Pilot Point (1-4) on Nov. 10 to complete the district playoffs.