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Bears win big for Homecoming

Bears win big for Homecoming
MARK WALTON/ Bear running back Ethan Dennis (11) races ahead for positive yardage during La Vernia’s Homecoming win over Navarro.

Navarro 18

La Vernia 40

Homecoming is always an exciting time in La Vernia, and the Bear football team gave its fans quite a show last Friday night. The Bears pounded on the Navarro Panthers for four long quarters, and then celebrated a convincing 40-18 victory.

The first quarter nearly got by without a score, but with 2:45 still left on the clock, La Vernia capped off a solid drive with a 1-yard plunge from quarterback Colby Skelton. Ethan Dennis ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Bears were on top 8-0.

With about four minutes remaining in the first half, the Bears added to their lead when Skelton connected with Colton Parrish for 27 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Douglas booted the extra point, and the lead was 15-0.

Navarro quickly responded to the touchdown, though, as Anthony Grant scored on a 65-yard running play. The conversion attempt came up empty, and the score stood at 15-6 with 2:48 to play in the half.

The Panthers may have relaxed a bit too much following their touchdown, though, as Parrish fielded the ensuing kickoff for La Vernia at the Bear 15-yard line. He then proceeded to outrun everyone on the field, as he took it 85 yards for a touchdown. The point-after kick was blocked, but the La Vernia lead was 21-6 at the break.

In the second half of play, it was La Vernia once again striking first. The initial points of the second half were courtesy of Dennis, as he capped off the Bears’ drive with a 2-yard run from scrimmage. The conversion attempt was no good, and the score was 27-6 with 9:10 to play in the third.

With about five minutes to play in the third, the Panthers caught a break. The Bears fumbled the ball and Navarro recovered it. The Panthers returned it to the La Vernia 6-yard line, and then eventually scored on a 1-yard run from scrimmage. The Panthers went for 2, but the Bear defense made the stop.

With the score 27-12, the Bear offense went back to work, and found itself in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. La Vernia’s fifth touchdown of the night came with 10:45 to play in the game, as Dennis capped off the drive with a 25-yard run over the goal line. Douglas kicked the extra point, and the score was 34-12 on Homecoming night.

After a quick change of possessions, the Bears scored their final touchdown of the game on a 49-yard passing strike from Skelton to Parrish. La Vernia came up short on the point-after, but the score was 40-12, with 8:32 to play in the game.

Navarro’s defense came up with the final score of the night, as Will Eveld cashed in on a scoop and score from the La Vernia 32-yard line. The Panthers were unable to score on a 2-point conversion, though, and the game ended with a final score of 40-18.

Skelton completed 5 of 12 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Parrish was the leading receiver with three grabs for 81 yards and two scores. Rusty Story caught a pass for 26 yards, and Justus Parker caught one pass, as well.

Dennis led the Bears’ running game, as he churned out 140 rushing yards on 18 carries. Matthew Montgomery ran three times for 44 yards, Nathan Muehe ran once for 18, Tristan Summy ran twice for 11, and Skelton had three carries for 9 yards.

The win lifts the Bears to 4-1 on the year, and gives Navarro its first loss of the season. The Bears will be back at home this Friday, Oct. 10, as they begin the District 15-4A DI season by hosting the team from Rockport-Fulton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bear Stadium.

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