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Bears pound Sandcrabs in home opener

Bears pound Sandcrabs in home opener
MARK WALTON/ Bears quarterback Colby Skelton (7) crosses over the goal line for La Vernia’s first touchdown of the night against the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs.

Port Lavaca Calhoun 7
La Vernia 35

La Vernia’s only regular-season loss of 2013 was to Port Lavaca Calhoun. So when the Sandcrab football team made the trip to Bear Stadium last Friday, La Vernia had a little payback in mind. The Bears played a great game at home, and secured a solid 35-7 win over Port Lavaca.

The non-district game was a big one on the calendar for La Vernia, and the Bears were clearly up to the challenge. La Vernia scored 21 first-half points, and tacked on another 14 in the second half, as the Bears cruised to a big win during their home opener.

La Vernia scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter of play. The first came early as quarterback Colby Skelton ran in for the score. A Kyle Douglas point-after kick was good, and the score was 7-0 in a hurry. As time wound down in the first quarter, the Bears lit up the board a second time, as Skelton hit Justus Parker on a pass that was good for 14 yards and a touchdown. Douglas added the point-after, and the lead was 14-0.

La Vernia added to its lead early in the second quarter, as Skelton connected with Noah Wells for 15 yards and another Bear touchdown. Douglas remained perfect kicking extra points, and the lead was 21-0 as the teams headed for the locker rooms at halftime.

The Bears added to their lead in the third quarter as they drove into Sandcrab territory, and then gave the ball to Matthew Montgomery, who rumbled 32 yards for La Vernia touchdown No. 4. Douglas kicked the extra point.

Port Lavaca got on the board on its next possession, though, as J.C. Garcia managed to find an opening in the La Vernia defense and exploited it for 71 yards and a touchdown. The point-after kick was good, making the score 28-7.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Bears added one more touchdown to the board as Colton Parrish found running room from the La Vernia 38-yard line. Parrish scored on a 62-yard run, and Douglas knocked the extra point through to make it a 35-7 final score.

The win lifts the Bears to 2-0 early in the season, and La Vernia will be back on the road this week. The Bears will travel to La Grange this Friday, Sept. 12, to take on the Leopards of District 11-4A DII. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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