By Phillip Higginbotham
The La Vernia Bears opened the 2016 regular season with a 33-7 loss in Wimberley to the Texans on Friday night.
Bears fans had to wait a little longer than expected for the beginning of the season as a storm cell caused a lightning delay of an hour and 45 minutes.
The first quarter saw both teams struggle to get any traction in offense, trading punts several times. However, a blocked Bears punt late in the quarter gave the Texans great field position on the La Vernia 22-yard line. Two plays later, the Texans’ quarterback ripped through the Bears’ defense for a 20-yard touchdown run. An unsuccessful 2-point conversion attempt left the score at 6-0 as the first quarter ended.
Those would be the only points of the first half, as both teams continued to have trouble moving the ball.
Halftime allowed both teams to make adjustments, and the Texans took the opening drive of the second half 71 yards in five plays for another touchdown. After another unsuccessful 2-point conversion, the score was 12-0.
The Bears responded on their first drive of the half with 61 yards in seven plays, capped off by a 21-yard touchdown run by Parker Beck. The successful conversion kick brought the score to 12-7, Wimberley.
The Texans’ next drive ended with an interception by Bears’ defensive back C.J. Kincaid. The Bears took the ball down to the 9-yard line, but the drive stalled. La Vernia’s field goal attempt sailed wide left.
Unfortunately for the Bears, the fourth quarter was all Wimberley. The Texans scored three more touchdowns, while both of the Bears’ fourth-quarter opportunities ended in punts after three plays.
The Bears are now 0-1 on the season and will try to even their record this Friday in their home opener against the Liberty Hill Panthers at 7:30 p.m.