La Vernia’s junior varsity Bears hit the road to take on the Robstown Cottonpickers Oct. 6, winning the game, 41-0.
The Bears started the game by showing everyone how true sportsmanship is accomplished. Robstown had a special needs student, whose birthday was the following day. The Pickers and the Bears worked together to allow the child to score. He ran for 35 yards and scored a touchdown, to the cheers of everyone on both sides.
Unfortunately for the Cottonpickers, that was all the generosity the Bears would allow. Robstown kicked off to Rayne Wegehaupt, who ran for 23 yards before he was brought down. The very next play saw Easton Parrish hitting Hunter Homeyer for a 54-yard touchdown pass. Erik Martinez kicked the extra point, which gave the Bears a 7-0 lead.
The Cottonpickers were stopped by the Bears’ defense and had to punt. During the second offensive play of the game, Cody Wagenfehr broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run. Martinez kicked the extra point, making the score 14-0.
La Vernia’s defense remained strong, and Robstown had to punt again, sending it 53 yards to the Bears’ 6-yard line. James Christianberry and Wagenfehr ran for 3 and 9 yards, respectively, before Parrish struck again. This time, he hit Chris Johnson on an 81-yard touchdown pass. Martinez chipped in the extra point, bringing the score to 21-0 to end the first quarter.
Wagenfehr and Devin Bauman ran for 12- and 65-yard touchdowns in the second quarter, to make the score 35-0 at the half.
The second half saw a lot of Bears getting playing time in a variety of positions. Johnson and Homeyer took snaps at the quarterback position and Dakota Tindle-Maples ran the ball.
There wasn’t much offense on either side, because both defenses were able to stop the running game. The Bears’ defense had two or more tackles from Homeyer, Wegehaupt, Brian Friel, and Garrett Czarnek, with several others contributing to the stops. The final score of the game came from Martinez, with less than a minute left in the game, running for a 74-yard touchdown. Daniel Jimenez attempted the extra point, but it veered to the left, leaving the score at 41-0.
The junior varsity Bears are now 5-1 on the season and will resume play in La Vernia Oct. 13 against Beeville.