Smithfield-Selma High School Athletics



The Van Buren Pointers put offense and defense together on Friday night. The Pointers forced Rogers Heritage into turnovers on five straight possessions and the offense capitalized for a 32-14 win to cap homecoming and notch their first 7A-West victory. Kameron Collins intercepted two passes, and Mile Malone intercepted another while Alex Hesson covered a fumble to lead Van Buren’s defense. Walter Green paced the option offense for Van Buren (2-4, 1-2) with 140 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. A pair of fumbles were pivotal in a very short first quarter in which each team had one possession and the two teams combined for only 24 plays. Heritage took the opening kickoff and drove to Van Buren’s 2 before Hesson ended the threat with a fumble recovery. Van Buren drove 96 yards to notch a touchdown, but only after offensive tackle Russell Davis pounced on a loose ball in the end zone. Van Buren failed on the two-point try but led 6-0. That was the beginning of each team trading scores until halftime. Heritage (0-6, 0-3) needed just one play after Van Buren’s kickoff went out of bounds to strike on Trey Kitterman’s 65-yard touchdown pass to Jay De la Rosa. Zach Gall converted the placement for a 7-6 lead. Van Buren took the lead back on a short drive after Hesson dragged down Heritage’s punter after a bobbled snap. Caleb Salisbury capped the 34-yard drive with a 1-yard bootleg, but Van Buren missed the placement and led 12-7. Heritage again struck quickly, needing only five plays to go up, 14-12, with Kitterman hitting De la Rosa, who went up and took the ball away from a Van Buren defender to converted a 53-yard third-down heave. Van Buren took the lead for good after Malone’s interception, going 64 yards and scoring on Salisbury’s 48-yard scoring pass to Caleb Christenen with 45 seconds left in the half. Van Buren two-point pass came up short, and the Pointers led 18-14. Van Buren answered with another touchdown to open the new half with fullback Dylan Burnham pounding out a 3-yard scoring run to cap a 79-yard drive. Joseu Recinos punched through the extra point for a 25-14 advantage with 8:15 left in the third quarter. Van Buren’s defense halted a pair of fourth-down tries in the second half, and Green scored on 2-yard run, right after a 38-yard run, with 2:56 left to put the game out of reach. Recinos tacked on the extra point for the final. Salisbury was 5-of-9 passing for 119 yards, and ran for 34 yards. Burnham added 48 yards on 10 totes. Kitterman completed only 8-of-20 passes but for 168 yards. He also ran for 76 yards. Dylan Qualls ran for 78 yards for Heritage.