Vandals visit familiar foe Princeton Friday night

It is unusual for two teams to meet three teams in one calendar year but that will be the case Friday at 7:30 p.m. as the Van Vandals play their first road game of 2017 when they visit Princeton to take on the new-look Princeton Panthers.

The Vandals defeated the Panthers twice convincingly last season winning the regular season contest 56-28 at Van’s Memorial Stadium before winning again in a 41-14 encounter last November in the Class 4A, Division I bi-district round of the state playoffs in Royse City.

Princeton is now working under a new coaching staff as their program is now being led by a head coach who arrived from the staff of Frisco Lone Star.

The Vandals are 1-0 after a 55-15 win over the defending Class 3A, Division I state champion Mineola Yellowjackets while Princeton suffered a frustrating eight-point defeat at the hands of Celine Sept. 1.

“Princeton had two missed field goal opportunities, one on a bad hold and the other on a bad snap against Celina,” pointed out Vandal head coach Jared Moffatt. “This is a good football team with a brand new coaching staff that we will be facing Friday night.”

While the Panthers will be operating out of the spread formation with shotgun formation snaps like last year, the terminology and some of the concepts in that offensive system have changed, according to Moffatt.

“They have a sophomore quarterback who played against us as a freshman in the playoff game last year,” said Moffatt. “He is a big kid with a strong arm. Their receivers make a lot of plays in their passing game. This could be the best throwing and receiving team that we face all season Friday night. It will definitely be a test for our young secondary. A secondary’s best friend is a good pass rush and we will need that against Princeton.”

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