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Vancleave takes aim on a 3rd straight Class 4A playoff victory hosting Lawrence County


Head coach Lavon Capers has his Vancleave Bulldogs off and running under the win column gaining momentum following back-to-back Class 4A victories.

Vancleave jumped into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Region 8-4A ranks.

Capers said, "We eliminated turnovers which was a huge part of our success the last three weeks.  We just keep working hard and try to play another week."

The Bulldogs knocked off Purvis 20 to 17 this past Friday as senior Taylor Crabtree connected on two field goals, from 42 and 33 yards, to help propel Vancleave under the win column.

Senior running back Dylon Mallette leads the Bulldogs ground game with 946 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns.

"I give a lot of credit to the offensive line for all their hard work they do, other good blocks that they've laid on, "stated Mallette.
"What they have done this season."

Coach Capers said, "He's done a great job for us this year.  Of course, our offensive line gets most of the credit for that. Dylan is an excellent running back.  But Cal Baker and Jesse Waltman, Jacob Drake, Alex Fuller and Chris Aubry have done a great job."

Split back Cade Posey had an exceptional game Friday night in the Purvis victory.  The 5-11, 155 pound junior rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries.

The coaches son, David Capers, a 5-8, 200 pound fullback and middle linebacker, has a nose for the football.  He leads the Bulldogs with 150 tackles.

Capers said, "We take a lot of pride in it.  We shutout Mendenhall and that was the first time we've done that in a couple of years.  I think we've got a great coaching staff and we do a great job of that."

Offense, defense and special teams have all contributed to Vancleave's success.

St. Stanislaus travels to Moss Point  and Wayne County battles Pearl River Central in Carriere.

All three playoff games will be featured on the Friday Night Football Showdown on WLOX-ABC/CBS.

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