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Bears’ season ends in close playoff battle

Bears’ season ends in close playoff battle
LVISD The La Vernia Bears hoist their helmets one final time following their 17-14 loss to Gatesville last Friday night in the area round of the playoffs.

Gatesville 17

La Vernia 14

Despite their very best efforts in a hard-fought battle for the area championship last Friday night, the La Vernia Bears came up a bit short against Gatesville, and were eliminated from the 2015 football playoffs by the final score of 17-14.

By all accounts, La Vernia and Gatesville were quite evenly matched. Both defenses came up with great stops, while both offenses still managed to score a few points. The first quarter was a defensive battle, though, and the teams moved into the second with things tied at 0-0.

About four minutes into the second quarter, however, Gatesville found the end zone and added an extra point to assume a 7-0 lead. The Bears did their best to even things up, but as the buzzer signaled the end of the half, it was the Hornets with a 7-0 lead over the Bears.

After playing most of the third quarter, La Vernia finally hung some points on the board when Noah Wells scored for the Bears. The extra point was also good, and the teams were tied at 7 with 2:38 to play in the third.

Gatesville responded with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it a 14-7 game, and then took advantage of a La Vernia turnover and added a field goal for a 17-7 advantage.

La Vernia wasn’t quitting on anything, though, and the team kept fighting. The Bears scored their second touchdown of the night on a pass from Garrett Spencer to Christian Bruce, and La Vernia was within a field goal at 17-14.

Unfortunately for the Bears, the clock ran out a bit too early, and their season ended with a 17-14 playoff loss at the hands of Gatesville. Individual stats were unavailable as of press time.

The Bears end the year with an overall record of 7-5. La Vernia won the district championship with a perfect 5-0 run to end the regular season, and then picked up a bi-district championship en route to the area playoff. The team will lose some key players to graduation in the spring, but is still packed with talent and should continue to develop under Coach Brandon Layne.

Congratulations to Coach Layne and the entire Bear football program on a great 2015 season.

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