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La Vernia Bears drop close game against Cuero Gobblers
La Vernia’s Mikal Joyce (88) makes a diving play to help prevent a Cuero back from scoring. Joyce got a piece of the runner and held on until help arrived.
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CUERO -- Hot off its huge Homecoming win a week earlier, the La Vernia Bear football team took its act on the road last Friday, but came up a little short in Cuero, as the Gobblers secured a 22-18 win.
La Vernia scored first in the contest, as Josh Rutledge reeled in a pass from Vince Gill for 13 yards and the touchdown. Aaron Grubb carried in the 2-point conversion, and the Bears enjoyed an 8-0 lead with nearly nine minutes still remaining in the first quarter.
After a good stop by the Bear defense, the La Vernia offense went back to work, and earned its second touchdown of the night as quarterback Jose Sahagun connected with Jake Wiatrek for 4 yards and the score. Alec Dews kicked the extra point, and the Bears carried a 15-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Gobblers registered their first points of the game early in the second quarter as D’Anthony Hopkins beat the Bear defense to the goal line from 30 yards out. The extra point was good, and the score was 15-7. Cuero added another touchdown minutes later, as Lane Balfanz ran in from 2 yards out. Hopkins connected with Stoney Schoenfield on the 2-point conversion, and the teams were tied at 15-all with 4:51 remaining in the half.
In the third quarter, Logan Goebel gave the Gobblers their first lead of the game, as he made a short 8-yard touchdown run from scrimmage. He added the extra point, and La Vernia found itself trailing Cuero, 22-15.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Bears cut into the Gobbler lead as Dews kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it a 22-18 game. La Vernia tried its best to score again, but there wasn’t enough time on the clock for the Bears to pull it out.
Statistically speaking, the teams’ numbers were just about as close as they were on the scoreboard. Cuero earned just 2 yards more than La Vernia, and earned just one more first down. The Bears had some trouble converting at times, and were forced to punt the ball away six times, compared to twice for the Gobblers.
Grubb ran the ball 12 times for 43 yards, Landon Richter carried it nine times for 25 yards, and Gill had eight carries for 35 yards. Richard Snyder was actually the Bears’ leading rusher with 49 yards, though he carried the ball just twice. Sahagun lost a total of 11 yards on four carries, as the Gobbler defense caught him in the backfield.
Grubb had two receptions for 31 yards, Kenny Moehrig caught a pass for 13 yards, and Rutledge caught two passes for 11 yards and a touchdown. Wiatrek had a touchdown grab from 4 yards out, and Richter caught a pass for 3 yards. Sahagun completed four of 10 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, while Gill completed his two passing attempts for 16 yards and a touchdown.
The loss drops the Bears to 1-4 on the year, and La Vernia is 0-1 to start the District 28-3A portion of its schedule. The team will be at home this Friday, Oct. 7, as the Bears host Yoakum. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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