By Deanna Wegehaupt
Even with the help of “Happy Gilmore,” the La Grange Leopards couldn’t have stopped the high-powered offense of the junior varsity La Vernia Bears, who won their Sept. 8 game against La Grange, 41-0.
The Bears opened up right away with a 30-yard pass play from Garret Landin to Hunter Hohmeyer. Erik Martinez ran for another first down, moving the ball on to the Leopard 30-yard line. The next play was a 30-yard touchdown pass from Landin to Zachary Scott. Martinez kicked the extra point to put the Bears up 7-0.
La Vernia’s defense stopped the Leopards in their tracks with a big sack from Brian Friel. The Bears then proceeded to march right back down the field with a 19-yard pass play from Landin to Walker Reinhart. That play was followed by a 1-yard touchdown run by Martinez, who also kicked the extra point, bringing the score to 14-0.
The Bears still weren’t done. Landin hit Scott again for a 61-yard touchdown pass, and Martinez kicked the extra point, making the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter brought more of the same, with the Bears scoring two more touchdowns, making the score 35-0 at the half. The Bears were able to play their second- and third-string offense and defense during the second half. Nick Shraeder had a 30-yard interception and Garrett Czarnek had a 1-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 41-0 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, La Vernia also had good runs from Cody Wagenfur, Devin Bauman, Rayne Wegehaupt, and James Christianberry. Rather than running the score up any further the Bears chose to take a knee to end the game.
The La Vernia junior varsity football record moves to 2-1. They played Victoria West at home Sept. 14. The junior varsity squad will hit the road Sept. 22 to take on Southside at 7 p.m.