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Bears drop game to Panthers

Bears drop game to Panthers
LVISD On an offensive drive by Navarro, defenders Ryan Rocha (37) and Matthew Montgomery (44) attempt to get to the ball carrier.

La Vernia 7

Navarro 45

GERONIMO -- Unfortunately for the La Vernia Bear football team, its downward slide continued last Friday night, as the team dropped a 45-7 decision at Navarro.

After a great home win over Wimberley to start the year, the Bears have dropped four straight games, although they have all been to high-quality teams, including Port Lavaca Calhoun, La Grange, Sinton, and now Navarro -- a team that remains unbeaten on the year.

The Panthers came out strong to start the game, scoring 14 points in the first quarter. Navarro added another 14 in the second quarter, though the Bears did hang 7 on the board as Christian Bruce ran one over the goal line for a La Vernia touchdown. At the break, the score was 28-7 in favor of the Panthers.

Navarro went on to score another 14 points in the third, and 3 points in the fourth, while holding La Vernia at bay throughout the second half. As the game clock finally expired, it was the Panthers with a solid 45-7 win over the Bears.

Garrett Spencer completed three of four passing attempts on the night for a total of 21 yards. Bruce caught all three passes. Bruce was also tied as the team’s leading rusher on the night, carrying the ball 10 times for 71 yards, including one run for 64 yards. Reagan Tucker also earned 71 yards on the night, carrying the ball 21 times for La Vernia. Wyatt Cowsert had eight carries for 18 yards and Spencer had one run for 3 yards.

Koby Bullard and Matthew Montgomery led the Bear defense on the night. Bullard tallied eight solo tackles, seven assists, and a sack. Montgomery had four solo stops, eight assists, one tackle for a loss, and one sack. Samuel Thompson had a good night, as he tallied one solo, nine assists, and two forced fumbles. Jaymee Burns had a tackle, three assists, and a fumble recovery for La Vernia. Cole Simpson, Willfredo Rodriguez, Ryan Rocha, Garrett McBride, Cody Martinez, Nathan Muehe, Dustin Norman, Robert Olivarez, Zach Ruiz, Alex Ibarra, and Bradley Schussler all had tackles in the game, too. John Rutkowski had a fumble recovery for the Bears.

The loss last week and the 1-4 record certainly aren’t what the Bears and their fans were hoping for, but the reality is that the record won’t really mean a thing when District 15-4A DI play begins this week. The Bears won’t have an easy time against Rockport-Fulton, Beeville Jones, Gonzales, Pleasanton, and Robstown, but they know they can win those games and a district title, and make a run into the postseason.

The Bears will travel to the coast this Friday, Oct. 9, to play the 3-1 Pirates of Rockport-Fulton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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