Lindale, Van collide in Red Zone Game of the Week

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 11:45 AM CDT
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VAN, Texas (KLTV) - Van will look to remain unbeaten on the year while Lindale is looking for the second-straight win over the Vandals in the Red Zone Game of the Week on Sept.10.

Last week, Van picked up an impressive win over 3A DI No. 7 Malakoff. “I’ve always said this, when you play good people, they expose your weaknesses,” said head coach Jared Moffatt. “Sometimes you think you’re in a certain spot and you play a really good football team and you find some areas that you really have to improve on. Even coming out of the win the other night we definitely found some things that we need to improve upon.”

Lindale played up last week against Pine Tree and won on a field goal in the final minute of the game. “What I’ve told our guys really since the summer is we don’t have to be a finished product right now,” said Lindale head coach Chris Cochran about the first two close games. “I want them to understand that, you know? Because a lot of times I feel like you have a target on your back after our success last year and they might feel pressure to be that. Well we’re not the same team.”

The series between these two teams has been very competitive. According to Lone Star Football Network, Lindale has a 16-9 series lead dating back to 1986. Van has seen the most recent success between the two with the Vandals winning four of the last five games. The Eagles won last year’s contest 33-28.

“It’s always a playoff type atmosphere, great crowd, it’s been a really good rivalry,” Moffatt said. “It will be the 12th time I’ve played Lindale, so it’s usually a great week and there’s a lot of fun involved.”

Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Van.

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