FRISCO—It was a tale of two halves Friday night as the Van Vandals saw their quest for a possible state championship come to a stunning ending Friday night.
The Kennedale Wildcats, trailing Van 21-7 at halftime, rallied in the second half with 27 unanswered points to edge the Vandals, 34-28, in the Class 4A, Region II, Division I championship game at The Star in Frisco.
Coach Jared Moffatt’s Vandals, the top playoff seed in District 8-4A, Division I, end their 2016 campaign with a season mark of 12-2 as they made their first regional final appearance since 2008 and their first appearance in the fourth round of the state playoffs since their state championship season of 1979. Kennedale, 11-3, advances to the Class 4A, Division I semifinals against Abilene Wylie.
The Van/Kennedale contest was almost as close statistically as it was on the scoreboard as the Vandals actually had the edge in first downs, 18-16, and in total yardage, 281-278.