Bears open district play with big win over Robstown

Bears open district play with big win over Robstown
MIKE STAHL/ La Vernia senior wide receiver Derrik Barnhardt (2) brings down a reception despite tight coverage, during an Oct. 13 district matchup in Robstown. The Bears won, 30-6, bringing their record to 1-0, 3-3.

By Phillip Higginbotham

The La Vernia Bears began their district schedule with a 30-6 away win over the Robstown Cottonpickers Oct. 13.

After securing a 2-3 non-district record, the Bears had an open week on their schedule before heading to Robstown.

In the first quarter, junior quarterback Clayton Chadwick threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Derrik Barnhardt. Chadwick also ran in the 2-point conversion attempt to put La Vernia up 8-0.

Chadwick scored another touchdown in the second quarter to open up a 15-0 lead. Robstown finally found some traction, helped by two face-mask penalties called on La Vernia, and kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 15-3 with 28 seconds left in the first half.

Barnhardt returned the Cottonpickers’ kickoff all the way to the 7-yard line. Two plays later, Chadwick found junior wide receiver Chris Johnson in the end zone with just three seconds left on the clock. At the half, the Bears led 22-3.

Robstown added another field goal in the third quarter, but Chadwick rushed for another touchdown in the fourth, giving the Bears a 30-6 victory.

La Vernia Head Coach Chris Taber was pleased with the win and with the way his team handled themselves, despite some controversial officiating throughout the game.

“We just try to stay focused on us and not get too caught up in the things we have no control over,” Taber said. “It was bad unlike anything I have ever seen. Our kids kept playing and I was proud of them.”

The Bear defense has been stout over the past two games, allowing just 6 points to Southside and Robstown. Taber said the credit goes to the coaches and players for that.

“Our kids are very coachable and our staff does a great job breaking down our opponents,” he said.

The Bears are now 3-3 overall and 1-0 in district. Coach Taber knows the value of starting off the district schedule with a win.

“These games are the ones that count,” he said. “Any time you start district at the top of the pack, it gives you momentum.”

La Vernia’s next game will be the Homecoming contest against the Beeville Jones Trojans this Friday night.

“Beeville is a very good football team,” Taber said. “The quarterback makes them go, and they are very explosive. We have to limit the big plays.”

The Bears will try to do just that at Bear Stadium at 7:30 p.m.