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Bears remain perfect in district play

Bears remain perfect in district play
Rusty Story (8) holds the ball for placekicker Kyle Douglas during the La Vernia Bears’ Oct. 24 win over the Gonzales Apaches.

Gonzales 7

La Vernia 28

After giving up the first points of the game to Gonzales, the La Vernia Bear football team came roaring back last Friday night, and ended the evening with a solid 28-7 win at home.

The first points of the night came at the 4:46 mark of the first quarter, after a La Vernia fumble led to a Gonzales touchdown. The Apaches converted on the point-after kick, and held a 7-0 lead.

The Bears responded well, though, as La Vernia drove the field and capped things off with a 9-yard touchdown run from junior running back Matthew Montgomery. Kyle Douglas split the uprights for the point-after, and the score was tied at 7-all with 1:39 to play in the first.

On the Apaches’ next possession, the Bear defense came up big, as Tristan Gardner recovered a Gonzales fumble, and returned it 35 yards for a La Vernia touchdown. Douglas added the extra point, and the score was 14-7 as time expired in the first quarter.

After a nearly scoreless second quarter of play, senior running back Ethan Dennis found the end zone from 8 yards out. The point-after attempt was no good, but the Bears led 20-7 at the break.

The Bear defense continued to play well in the second half, and senior Colton Parrish came up with a big play during the Apaches’ opening drive. Parrish pulled down the lone interception of the game, and gave the ball back to his offense. Then, later in the third, as Gonzales was driving for the end zone, the Bear defense forced a fumble, and recovered it in the end zone for a La Vernia touchback.

The Bear offense got rolling from there, and La Vernia added 6 more to the board when Dennis ran 56 yards for a touchdown. The point-after attempt was no good, and the score stood at 26-7 with 8:17 to play in the game.

While the Bear offense was done putting points on the board, the defense was not. On the Apaches’ next possession, Gonzales was backed up against its own goal line, and gave 2 more points to La Vernia as senior Noah McMeans came up with a safety in the end zone. The score was 28-7, and was more than enough to give La Vernia its seventh win of the year.

Dennis led the offense with 136 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, followed by Montgomery with 33 yards and a touchdown on six runs. Tristan Summy ran for 16 yards, Colby Skelton ran for 13, Reagan Tucker picked up 14 rushing yards, Parrish had 8, and Nathan Muehe had a carry for 6 yards.

Through the air, Skelton completed 5 of 9 passing attempts for 58 yards. Justus Parker caught three passes for 45 paces, Parrish caught a pass for 8 yards, and Rusty Story caught a pass for 5 yards.

The win lifts the Bears to 7-1 on the year, and 3-0 in district play. The Bears will travel to Pleasanton this Friday, Oct. 31, to take on the 6-2 Eagles, who are 2-1 in district play. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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