Bears implement changes going into season

Bears implement changes going into season
DAN SHERRARD/ New La Vernia Head Coach Chris Taber watches his team from the sidelines. The Bears’ first game of the season is Friday at home against Wimberley.

By Phillip Higginbotham

La Vernia High School is getting set to usher in a new era in football under new Head Coach Chris Taber this Friday, Sept. 1, at Bear Stadium against the Wimberley Texans.

Last Thursday night, the Bears finished up their preparations with a scrimmage in La Vernia with the Canyon Lake Hawks. The scrimmage was originally set for Friday night, but was moved up due to weather concerns.

Changes to the Bear offense were immediately noticeable. Last year, La Vernia often relied on a tight formation set, allowing for several running options. Now, athletes were spread out, with multiple receivers set wide.

Defensively, the Bears had some shaky moments early on, but, as the evening progressed, so did the squad’s efforts on both sides of the ball.

“What we do is different from what they have done in the past,” Taber said. “The good thing is it is all fixable. Most of the issues we have right now are technique, but they are getting better.”

But there were plenty of positive aspects from Thursday night for Coach Taber, as well.

“Our kids are understanding our scheme and how to play together,” he said. “Also, we are physical. Our boys fly to the football and never back down.”

So is there a particular player that will carry the workload for La Vernia this season?

“I don’t think I can highlight one player,” Taber said. “They play as a unit and everybody has a job. Our offensive line is the group I am excited about. They are going to keep getting better and better.”

Looking ahead to Friday night, as they welcome Wimberley, “We have to execute and not turn the ball over,” Taber said. “Wimberley is a very good team, so we have to be disciplined Friday night.”

The Texans went 8-2 in the regular season last year, including a 33-7 victory over La Vernia in the season opener in Wimberley.

But with a new coaching staff, new scheme, and new focus going forward, the Bears hope to put the past behind them. And Coach Taber is looking for some help from the La Vernia crowd at home on Friday night.

“Get excited and cheer for our kids,” he said. “This is a process, and we are trying to build a positive atmosphere for our young men. We are planting the seeds to our program; the fruit of our labor will come.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in La Vernia.

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Come out and support your Bears and Lady Bears this week, as they battle for the win!

The football team has its first game of the season against Wimberley this Friday, Sept. 1, at home. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

The volleyball team travels to Buda Aug. 31-Sept. 2 for the Buda Hays tournament, and hits the road again Sept. 5 to take on Devine at 6 p.m.