Bears start strong, ultimately fall to tough Texans

Bears start strong, ultimately fall to tough Texans
DAN SHERRARD/ "” Junior quarterback Clayton Chadwick celebrates after delivering the Bears’ first touchdown against the Texans during the teams’ Sept. 1 season opener at Bear Stadium. Wimberley won the game, 49-13.

By Phillip Higginbotham

The La Vernia football team started with a solid defensive effort after Wimberley took the opening kickoff Sept. 1 at Bear Stadium, but the Bears ultimately couldn’t keep the Texans from pushing through to a tough 49-13 victory.

La Vernia’s offense also looked good as they began the season opener. Junior quarterback Clayton Chadwick ran 61 yards to the end zone, only to have it called back on a penalty. But Chadwick soon hooked up with junior wide receiver Hunter Homeyer for a touchdown. After a block on the extra point attempt, the Bears led 6-0.

However, the Texans, who were 10-3 last season, had many returning seniors, and the experience showed. By halftime, Wimberley had found the end zone four times, and held the Bears to only one first down.

The second half mirrored the first, as the Texans scored another three touchdowns. La Vernia’s sophomore running back Diego Mendoza found the end zone as time expired, and the game ended with a final score of 49-13.

“Any loss is a tough loss,” said La Vernia Head Coach Chris Taber.... “Our kids played hard, and never quit.... We made some big plays and we have some things to fix.... We can improve in all areas, and that is what we will do.”

“We had a couple of bad exchanges with the quarterback and center, and some turnovers put our defense in some tough situations,” he said. “But that is part of growing.... They will figure it out. We are trying to build our foundation, and I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group of kids.”

Taber wanted to make sure everyone understands these early games are still non-district contests.

“These are games for us to use to measure our growth on a weekly basis.” Taber said. “They have no bearing on us making the playoffs.... We will use them to prepare for our district games.”

La Vernia will travel to Liberty Hill to play the Panthers this Friday, Sept. 8.

Liberty Hill posted a record of 8 wins and 4 losses last season, including a 30-0 win over the Bears in La Vernia. Friday’s game will be the Panthers’ 2017 season opener, after their scheduled game against La Grange last Friday was canceled due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Will playing on the road affect the way La Vernia prepares for the game?

“Road games have no bearing on our preparation,” Taber said. “We will plan and practice the same, and prepare to play and win next Friday night. I am very proud of our boys and we will get better every day.”

Friday night’s game in Liberty Hill is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.