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Van Buren puts forth strong performance against WACO

Saunders powers Warriors to victory
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 23, 2013

Garrett Saunders needed to have a great performance for Van Buren to win at home against WACO. He did that, and more.

Van Buren won 26-8. Saunders for 101 yards on 16 carries, threw for 147 yards on nine completions, and also caught two interceptions.

“This was a big step forward for us,” Van Buren head coach Mike Hurley said. “I hope this puts us on the right track and we keep this momentum going.”

Van Buren (2-2) senior Aaron Clemens punched in two touchdowns and ran for 66 yards. Vaughn Helling rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. Mitch Garrells scored a touchdown on his only rush of the night, which was only one-yard.

Casey Jones caught four passes that went for 60 yards and Brandon Plecker brought in three passes for 63 yards.

Saunders had 12 total tackles to lead the Warriors. Jones had 10, Garrells had nine, and Dillon Showman recorded eight.

Van Buren turned over WACO four times. Wyatt Cole had an interception and Plecker recovered a fumble.

The Warriors will attempt to go 3-2 Friday when they host New London.

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