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Bears slow, but can’t stop Pleasanton Eagles
Cody Moore (43), Luis Rangel (66), and Coleman Wolf (60) fight for position during the Bears’ district loss to Pleasanton last Friday night.
La Vernia 7
LA VERNIA -- The Bears held the Eagles to their second-lowest scoring total of the season last Friday night in La Vernia, but in the end, Pleasanton still had more than enough points on the board to win the game and hand the Bears their first district loss of the season, 38-7.
La Vernia has had its share of struggles throughout the season, but the Bears have always played up to their competition. The team showed moments of great play against an unbeaten Class 3A foe, but turnovers haunted La Vernia throughout the night, ending drives and moving momentum back in favor of Pleasanton.
The Luke Walters-led Eagle offense showed it could move the ball in La Vernia last Friday, but Pleasanton’s first scoring drive was reduced to a field goal. After driving into the red zone, the Bear defense came up with a big stop early, forcing the Eagles to kick a field goal. The kick was good, and the score was 3-0 after four minutes of play.
Pleasanton electrified its fans late in the first as Walters connected with Mike Sorola for a 65-yard touchdown. The point-after was good, and it was a 10-point lead for the visiting team.
The Eagles continued to move the ball well, breaking up the running game of Jacob Arevalo with a sprinkling of Walters passes. Midway through the second quarter, the Eagles scored their second touchdown of the game as Arevalo capped off a Pleasanton drive with a 1-yard run across the goal line. The point-after kick made it a 17-0 game at the break.
Midway through the third quarter of play, the Bears finally got on the scoreboard with a solid drive and a 5-yard touchdown run from Levi Andrews. Alec Dews booted the extra point, and it was once again a two-possession game at 17-7.
Unfortunately, the Eagles came right back down the field and scored on another Arevalo run, this time from 6 yards out. Add on the extra point, and it was a 24-7 game heading into the fourth.
The Eagles tacked on two additional touchdowns in the fourth quarter. One came on a Walters to Jacob Jandt 43-yard pass, and the other on another short run by Arevalo. When time finally expired in the game, it was Pleasanton with the win, 38-7.
The 38 points was the fewest allowed this season to Pleasanton since the Eagles’ 27-6 win over Class 4A Jefferson. While that may come as little comfort to many in La Vernia, it is a tribute to the strength of the Bear defense.
Walters, arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the greater San Antonio area, was held to just 9 of 18 passing attempts, and was picked off twice by the La Vernia defense. The potent running game was also held to 178 yards despite 43 rushing attempts.
On offense, the Bears nearly matching the rushing yardage of Pleasanton, though La Vernia did it with 10 fewer touches. Bear quarterback Colby Sims, who is still settling into his new role on the field, completed 7 of 20 passing attempts and was picked off three times.
Junior Vince Gill led the La Vernia ground game with 127 yards on 10 carries. Andrews had 16 yards and the touchdown on his two touches, and Javante Anderson carried twice for 12 yards. Landon Richter was held to just 3 yards on four carries, and Sims netted 2 yards on the ground. Richter had two catches for 17 yards, Rudy Mendoza had a catch for 18, and Anderson hauled in a Sims pass for 12 yards. Andrews caught a pass for 9 yards and Jose Sahagun caught two passes for 6 more.
The Bears fall to 2-5 on the season, and begin District 28-3A play at 0-1. La Vernia has a bye this week, and will use the time to rest up and prepare for a final push to close out the season. With only five teams in the district, each game becomes that much more important.
La Vernia will return to action Friday, Oct. 26, as the team travels to Poteet to take on the Aggies. Poteet lost to Somerset last Friday, and will play at Pleasanton this week. Kickoff between the Bears and Aggies is set for 7:30 p.m.
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