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Bears’ second-half effort leads to win

Bears’ second-half effort leads to win
LVISD Reagan Tucker (22) looks to open a hole for Bear running back Ethan Dennis (11), as quarterback Colby Skelton (7) trails the play.

Sinton 20

La Vernia 40

After an hour-long delay because of the threat of lightning, the La Vernia Bears squared off with the Sinton Pirates. It took the Bears a little time to get rolling, but the team finished the long, wet night with an impressive 40-20 victory.

The Pirates scored the first points of the night on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sinton then added another short scoring run to take a 14-0 lead on the Bears.

La Vernia got rolling, though, and quarterback Colby Skelton connected with Justus Parker on a pass that was good for 59 yards and a Bear touchdown. Skelton later threw his second touchdown pass of the night when he hit Rusty Story for 14 yards and 6 points. One of the two extra-point attempts was good, and the Bears trailed 14-13 at the break.

The Pirates scored first again in the second half, as Tyler Handson capped off a drive with a 1-yard run over the goal line. The extra-point attempt was no good, however, and the score stood at 20-13 in the third quarter. That was the last lead that Sinton would enjoy.

The Bears responded to the Pirate touchdown with one of their own, and this time it was Ethan Dennis getting it done on the ground. Dennis ran in from 23 yards out and made it a 20-19 game. Kyle Douglas booted the extra point, and the score was knotted up at 20-all.

While some fans had clearly left the stadium to escape the weather, it appeared as though some of the Pirates had checked out as well. The Bears took over the game and tacked on another three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The first came through the air as Skelton hit Noah Wells for 30 yards and a score. Skelton then ran one in on a quarterback draw from the Bears’ own 45-yard line. Following an interception by Parker on defense, La Vernia linebacker Koby Bullard even got in on the action, as he took a handoff and ran 37 yards for the Bears’ final touchdown of the night. Douglas converted two of three extra points and La Vernia won by the final score of 40-20.

Skelton completed just 4 of 12 passes, but they were big plays for La Vernia, as he ended the night with 140 passing yards and three touchdowns. Parker caught two passes. One was good for a 59-yard touchdown, and the other for 37 yards. Wells had the touchdown pass of 30 yards, and Story had the touchdown of 14 yards.

On the ground, Dennis led the way with 122 yards on 22 carries. Skelton ran 71 yards on eight carries, and Bullard had 37 yards and a touchdown on his one carry. Matthew Montgomery ran for 8 yards, Colton Parrish ran for 6, and Reagan Tucker picked up 5 yards on the ground.

The Bears will be back in action this Friday, Oct. 3, as they host the Navarro Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bear Stadium.

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