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story.lead_photo.caption Van Buren's Brayden Rivas looks for running room against Alma Friday Sept. 6, 2019 at Blakemore Field in Van Buren. - Photo by J.T. Wampler

VAN BUREN -- Gary Phillips completed 18 of 30 passes for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead Van Buren (1-0) past Alma (0-1) in the Battle of the Bone at Blakemore Field.

The Pointers, led by first-year Coach Crosby Tuck, defeated the Airedales for the second consecutive season. They led 25-0 in the first quarter and never trailed.

Phillips also rushed for 123 yards and 3 scores on 11 carries.

Van Buren running back Brayden Rivas added 12 carries for 38 yards, including 2 touchdowns. Jude Bartholomew caught 6 passes for 162 including a score, while Maury Newton hauled in three passes for 63 yards including a touchdown for the Pointers.

Alma was led by wide receiver Grayson Bailey, who caught 6 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Ben Henley also had 12 carries for 108 yards with a score for the Airedales.

Van Buren 53, Alma 21

Alma 0 8 7 6 — 21

Van Buren 25 14 14 0 — 53

First Quarter

Van — Phillips 3 run (Flores kick), 11:13

Van — FG Flores 30, 6:11

Van — Rivas 1 run (Henry pass to Palafox), 5:46

Van — Phillips 59 run (Flores kick), 3:05

Second Quarter

Alma — Bailey 10 pass from Blair (Bailey run),11:54

Van — Bartholomew 30 pass from Phillips (Flores kick), 7:54

Van — Rivas 3 run (Flores kick), 3:54

Third Quarter

Alma — Henley 56 run (Martin kick), 9:43

Van — Newton 88 pass from Phillips (Flores kick), 9:29

Van — Phillips 1 run (Flores kick), 4:26

Fourth Quarter

Alma — Blair 1 run (kick failed), :33

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