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Bears top Southside, head into district play

Bears top Southside, head into district play
MIKE STAHL/ "” Junior Bear quarterback Clayton Chadwick (18) drags a few Southside defenders up the field. La Vernia has a bye this week, before beginning district play Oct. 13 in Robstown.

By Phillip Higginbotham

The La Vernia Bear football team finished out its non-district schedule with a 28-6 win over the Southside Cardinals Sept. 29 in San Antonio.

La Vernia’s night started strong with a touchdown pass from junior Clayton Chadwick to junior Chris Johnson. But the Bear defense allowed a 69-yard touchdown on the first Southside play. The Cardinals missed the extra point and the Bears retained a 7-6 lead. From that point, the La Vernia defense stiffened, and only allowed the Cardinals to gain 92 yards for the rest of the game.

Head Coach Chris Taber said credit for the defense’s success belongs to a solid preparation from the coaching staff and execution by the players.

“Our kids understand their individual responsibility,” he said. “Our defensive coaching staff does a great job game-planning and putting our kids in the right positions.”

La Vernia’s defense has played well over the past three games. Unfortunately, they have been susceptible to the big play. The key to stopping the big play is something Coach Taber is addressing.

“Making sure our leverage players stay home and turn the outside run game back to the inside” is the key to keeping their opponents’ offense contained, he said.

Chadwick threw two more touchdown strikes -- one to junior Rayne Wegehaupt and a second to Johnson -- and ran for yet another to solidify the 28-6 win.

The Bears have an open week on their schedule this Friday, as they get ready for district play. Looking back over the non-district schedule, Taber sees a lot of different situations that have brought his team to 2-3.

“I think we have experienced it all,” Taber said. “It’s been a wild non-district.”

The district schedule begins Oct. 13 in Robstown, and Taber is focused. The Cottonpickers are 0-4 on the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

“Our expectation is to win,” he said “One week at a time we have to play at a high level.”

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