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Bears dominate Texans for big win at home

Bears dominate Texans for big win at home
LVISD Wyatt Cowsert (11) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown during La Vernia’s 29-13 win over Wimberley last Friday night.

By Jeff Towns

Wimberley 13

La Vernia 29

The La Vernia Bears opened the 2015 season versus the Wimberley Texans. The nonconference foe provided a good test for La Vernia’s new Head Football Coach Brandon Layne.

La Vernia wasted little time scoring with special teams and putting the Bears on top, as junior back Wyatt Cowsert ran the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. The Bears then went for 2, starting the game with an 8-0 lead.

From there, it was a defensive battle between both teams until midway through the second quarter when La Vernia quarterback Christian Bruce ran the ball 95 yards on a quarterback draw to put the Bears up by the score of 15-0.

With 50 seconds left in the second quarter, the Texans were able to punch the ball into the end zone, bringing the score to 15-7. The Bears had a quick answer, though, as the Texans kicked off and La Vernia’s Jaymee Burns ran the ball back 85 yards for a touchdown. After kicking the extra point, the Bears led 22-7 to end the first half.

The third quarter was once again a defensive battle, with the Bears defense stepping up big and shutting down the Texans throughout the quarter. The fourth quarter began with La Vernia still on top 22-7, and the defense continued to make plays led by seniors Matthew Montgomery and Koby Bullard, as well as a host of other Bear defenders to stymie the Texan offense.

Toward the end of the fourth quarter, La Vernia running backs Reagan Tucker and Cowsert continued to pound the ball behind the Bears’ strong offensive line. With four minutes left to play, Tucker was able to punch the ball into the end zone with a 22-yard run. Following a successful extra-point attempt, the Bears led 29-7 late into the fourth quarter.

With just minutes left to play, the Texans were able to drive down the field and score a touchdown, but the extra-point attempt was no good. Cowsert took the kickoff and ran the ball 25 yards. Then, the Bear offense maintained control of the ball and closed out the game. The final score of 29-13 gave Layne his first victory for the 2015 season.

Bruce completed two of six passing attempts for 15 yards. Trace Venske caught one pass for 12 yards and Noah Wells caught the other for 3 yards. Bruce had four official carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. Tucker led the team with 100 yards on 24 carries, Cowsert had 75 yards on 14 touches, and Dustin Norman ran for 1 yard. Bullard and Montgomery each had nine tackles, Nathan Muehe had seven, and John Hernandez had five.

La Vernia, 1-0 on the year, will travel to Port Lavaca this Friday, Sept. 4, to play the Calhoun Sandcrabs. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

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