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Bears shut out Texans in Wimberley

Bears shut out Texans in Wimberley
The Bear defense mauls a Texan during La Vernia’s big season-opening win over Wimberley last Friday night.

La Vernia 28

Wimberley 0

Over the last several years, a great rivalry has developed between La Vernia and Wimberley. The two schools met last Friday to open the 2014 football season, but it was all La Vernia, as the Bears crushed the Texans on their way to a dominant 28-0 win.

After losses to the Texans in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Bears earned a big win over Wimberley last season by the score of 31-16. The Bears then went on to play in the state quarterfinals. While it’s still far too early to determine how the year will go, one thing seems clear: The Bears have the potential to make another deep playoff run and to challenge for the state title.

La Vernia is known for having great defenses, and the Bears backed their reputation with strong play on the road last Friday. La Vernia held the Texan running game to just 107 yards on 28 carries, and only gave up 78 passing yards on six completions. The Bear defense recovered two fumbles and picked off a Wimberley pass that was returned for a touchdown.

The offense also flexed its collective muscle against the Texans, as three different players found their way into the end zone. The first touchdown was courtesy of senior Colton Parrish, as he reeled in a pass from fellow senior Colby Skelton that went for 21 yards and the score. Rusty Story, also a senior, caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Skelton for a nice halftime lead. In the second half, senior Ethan Dennis ran a touchdown in from 10 yards out.

The Bears’ fourth touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter when junior Christian Bruce came up with a pick-6 intercepting the ball and returning it for a touchdown.

Skelton looked great throwing the ball as he completed 13 of 17 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Story was the leading receiver with 54 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Parrish caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown, and junior Noah Wells caught two passes for 11 yards. Dennis ran 19 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Tristan Summy ran twice for 8 yards.

The win over a rival team is great, but the Bears know they will face a much greater test this Friday, Sept. 5, as they host the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs. Port Lavaca was La Vernia’s only regular-season loss last season, and the Sandcrabs are coming off a huge 60-41 win over Somerset last week. The District 24-5A team will challenge the Bear defense far more than the Texans did. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bear Stadium.

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