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The Van Vandals entered play against Kaufman Nov. 3 on an impressive roll, having defeated each of their first eight opponents during the 2017 season by at least 14 points. A ninth consecutive win to open the season was not to be however, with Kaufman prevailing 43-35 in a clash of 4A titans.

Elsewhere around Van Zandt County, Canton, Edgewood, Grand Saline and Wills Point all tallied key district wins while and improving Fruitvale team fell just short against a playoff bound Fannindel team.  

Canton

The Canton Eagles entered play against Rains coming off arguably their most impressive performance of the season, having dominated every facet of play in a 56-0 win over an overmatched Dallas Roosevelt team Oct. 27.

Any fear that the win of the Mustangs, the largest for Canton’s football program since a 70-7 demolition of North Forney back on Sept. 17, 2010, would lead to a letdown were quickly dismissed as Canton doubled up on impressive performances by posting another 56-point win, this one by a 70-14 score, over the Wildcats on Senior Night at Norris Birdwell Stadium.

The win by the Eagles was fueled in large part to a big offensive first half that included touchdowns by McGwire Martin, Carter Day, Mitchell Gebauer, Tanner Moore, Dylan Cox (two). The touchdowns by Cox were especially impressive, marking the third consecutive game that the senior running back has scored at least twice.

The win over Rains helped to secure a top-four finish for the Eagles entering the final week of play. Canton, 5-4 overall on the season and 3-1 in District 6-4A play, was scheduled to hit the road to wind down the regular season with a game against the 2-2 Dallas Lincoln Tigers team.

District 6-4A standings entering the final Friday night of the regular season showed Wills Point in first at 4-0, followed by Canton and Ferris at 3-1, Lincoln at 2-2, and Roosevelt and Rains at 0-4. Regardless of how the final night of the regular season plays out, Wills Point, Canton, Ferris and Lincoln will represent District 6-4A in the playoffs.

Edgewood

The Edgewood Bulldogs extended their district winning streak to three games in a row Nov. 3, knocking off Alba-Golden 42-28 to put themselves in position to finish District 8-3A play as the second seed entering the playoffs.

Carter Bates continued what has been a sensational season by finishing play against the Panthers with 21 carries for 192 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 41- and 15- yards in the first half.

Trey Erwin added two rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs and Turner Bannister led all Edgewood receivers with three catches for 51 yards.

The Bulldog defense held Alba-Golden to just 91 passing yards while the Edgewood offense generated 343 rushing yards against the Panthers. 

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