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Wimberley Texans prove too much for Bears

Wimberley Texans prove too much for Bears
PASCALLE BIPPERT The La Vernia Bear defense lines up against Wimberley during their Sept. 21 loss to the Texans at home. Wimberley is the defending state champion.

Wimberley 24
La Vernia 10

LA VERNIA It was another tough game at home for the Bears last Friday night, as Wimberley, the defending state champion, rolled into La Vernia for a non-district game. The Bears put up a great fight, but in the end, it was the Texans taking home the win, 24-10.

Wimberley put the game’s first points on the board midway through the first quarter with a 22-yard touchdown run and extra point. The 7-point lead then doubled less than 90 seconds later, as Wimberley’s Bryce Rainwater picked off a Vince Gill passing attempt and returned it 33 yards for a score.

With the score at 14-0 and six minutes remaining on the first-quarter clock, a defensive struggle erupted. The score remained the same throughout the remainder of the first quarter, as well as most of the second.

With 3:16 to play in the first half, senior placekicker Alec Dews showed his range, booting a 45-yard field goal to put the Bears on the board. Then, after a great defensive stand, the Bear offense returned to the field and made a push for the end zone. The quick scoring drive was capped off as Gill connected with Jose Sahagun for a 6-yard touchdown strike with just 23 seconds remaining on the clock. As the teams headed for the locker room, the Texans held a slight lead at 14-10.

The defensive units continued to show their strength throughout the second half, and the scores were minimal. While the Bears were shut out altogether in the second half, Wimberley managed to add a field goal midway through the third quarter, and a touchdown midway through the fourth. When the clock finally expired, it was Wimberley with the 24-10 win.

La Vernia’s offense struggled throughout the night, managing just 108 total yards of offense. Gill had pressure on him throughout the night, and ended the game with 36 yards on the ground and 47 yards and a touchdown through the air. Landon Richter was held to just 16 yards on 8 carries, Jake Wiatrek ran twice for 6 yards, and Javante Anderson had one carry for 3 yards. Sahagun led the Bear receiving corps with 34 yards and the touchdown on four grabs. Dews had a catch for 12 yards, and Adam Alcorta caught three passes for 6 yards.

The loss drops the Bears to 1-3 on the year, with two more non-district games remaining before the start of district play.

La Vernia will travel to Bandera this Friday, where the Bears will take on the 1-3 Bulldogs. Bandera is coming off a 39-21 win over Comfort, after beginning the season with losses to George West, Devine, and Llano. The Bulldogs are a running team, with quarterback Michael Miller leading their charge. Miller will throw on occasion, but has completed less than 50 percent of his passing attempts for less than 300 yards this season. On the ground, however, Miller has run 60 times for nearly 600 yards. Fabian Muniz is also running the ball well for Bandera, and he is also well on his way to a 1000-yard season. The Bulldog defense has allowed nearly 37 points per game on average, though, and with all of the weapons the Bears have on offense, it could be a high-scoring affair.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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