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Bears dominate in final district game

Bears dominate in final district game
Colton Parrish (17) and Cody Martinez (2) prepare for a kickoff as Kyle Douglas (12) remains focused on the ball.

By Jeff Towns

Sports Contributor

Robstown 14

La Vernia 47

Last Friday night was their final District 15-4A DI football game, and it marked the end of what has been an amazing district season for the La Vernia Bears.

Things got started in the first quarter against Robstown with a 40-yard gain on a reception by Colton Parrish. The drive resulted in 7 points after quarterback Colby Skelton connected with receiver Justus Parker for 15 yards and a touchdown with 9:36 left in the quarter. Kyle Douglas added the extra point.

The ensuing kickoff concluded with a great tackle by Reagan Tucker. The Bears’ powerhouse defense shut down Robstown, and resulted in a net loss of yardage with a series of tackles by Matthew Montgomery, Zach Beach, Tristan Summy, and Koby Bullard. The Cotton Pickers were unable to secure a first down. They attempted a fake punt, but the defense was all over it, and stopped Robstown short of the first-down marker with 6:44 left in the first.

The Bears’ Ethan Dennis then scored for La Vernia with a 7-yard run. Douglas’ kick was no good, and the score stood at 13-0 with 5:09 left in the first.

The Bears’ defense continued to dominate. With a third-and-18 for the Cotton Pickers, Robstown went to the air, but Parker intercepted the pass. The Bear offense came back on to the field, and capped off the first quarter scoring efforts with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Skelton to Noah Wells. Robstown’s offense was once again denied of a first down, and the Cotton Pickers were forced to punt. The first quarter ended with the score 19-0 in favor of La Vernia.

The start of the second quarter was another showcase of the Bears’ insurmountable defense with tackles from Connor Towns, Bullard, Tristan Gardner, Colton Kubena, and Parker. On the other side of the ball, a 17-yard run by La Vernia’s Summy resulted in a Bear touchdown with 8:47 left in the second. A 37-yard pass interception return for a touchdown by Gardner on the next series made the score 33-0 with 4:20 left.

Christian Bruce knocked down a Cotton Picker pass on Robstown’s next possession, and a second pass was intercepted by Parker, who then ran for 70 yards and another La Vernia touchdown. Gianni Avril kicked the extra point to make the score 40-0 at halftime.

The third quarter was a back-and-forth struggle between the Bears and the Cotton Pickers, but a deflected pass by Colton Parrish resulted in another interception by Justus Parker at the 45-yard line.

A recovered fumble by Robstown later resulted in a touchdown drive for the Cotton Pickers. With 1:06 left in the third, Jose Molina ran in from 4 yards out for a Robstown score. The Cotton Pickers elected to go for the 2-point conversion, but the attempt was no good, and the score stood at 40-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Wells had a good return of 30 yards to the 35. Tucker then got a first down at the 10-yard line to close out the third. Tucker began the fourth quarter by running in a touchdown from 10 yards out. Avril’s extra point was good, and the score stood at 47-6 with 11:05 to play in the game.

Robstown was never really in the game, but the Cotton Pickers drove down to the 1-yard line and were able to score with 1:14 left in the game as Molina connected with Jesse Ray Garcia. The 2-point conversion was good, but the game eventually ended in a Bears victory by the final score of 47-14.

On offense, Skelton completed 6 of 9 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Wells caught two passes for 41 yards and a touchdown, and Parker caught two more for 31 steps and a touchdown. Parrish had one catch for 43 yards, and Rusty Story caught one ball good for 5 yards. Ethan Dennis led all rushers with 84 yards on 12 carries, followed by Tucker with 39 yards on four rushes. Summy ran twice for 20 yards. Parrish and Montgomery each had a carry, as well.

Defensively, the Bears dominated the Cotton Pickers. Robstown was held to 183 total yards, earning 119 on the ground and just 64 through the air. The Bears intercepted four passes two of which were returned for touchdowns. La Vernia’s defense also recovered three Robstown fumbles, and forced three punts.

La Vernia finishes the regular season with an overall record of 9-1, and the Bears are the District 15-4A DI champs with a perfect district record of 5-0.

The Bears will now enter postseason play. Their first opponent is Grulla High School of Rio Grande City. The teams are set to meet this Thursday, Nov. 13, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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