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Bears defeated in region final play
Vince Gill (4) looks for a seam to run through during the Bears’ loss to Sinton in the Region IV final last Friday night in Victoria.
La Vernia 14
VICTORIA -- Facing not only its opponents but also the cold, windy weather, the La Vernia Bear football team came up short against the Sinton Pirates.
Though the defeat was tough, the Bears held a strong record throughout the season, finishing 12-2 overall.
The Pirates earned the first points and continued the lead throughout the game. Tyler Handson completed a 6-yard run for the Pirates with 8:14 remaining in the first. John Gabriel Guzman’s kick was good.
The second quarter began 7-0 Sinton.
Most of the second quarter was a back-and-forth tug-of-war between the two strong defenses, but the Pirates were able to overcome the Bears.
Handson scored the Pirates second touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half. Guzman made the kick.
The Bears entered the locker room at the half down by 14 points.
Returning with some fire, the Bears were able to make their first points of the game.
Colton Parrish brought in a 65-yard pass from Colby Skelton with 10:32 remaining in the third quarter. Kyle Douglas made the kick.
Less than 10 minutes later, Sinton countered with another touchdown. Ethan Owens made the Pirate catch from Handson for 14 yards. Guzman’s kick was good.
Sinton got the ball back with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Colton Cohea scored the Pirates’ last points with a 22-yard touchdown. The kick was no good.
The Bears headed into the fourth quarter down by 20 points, but their defense managed to hold the Pirates’ offense.
Driving the ball more than 50 yards down the field, Skelton earned the Bears’ second touchdown with a 1-yard run with 11:12 left in the game. Douglas’ kick was good.
After holding the Pirates’ offense, La Vernia had one last attempt on the ball, but Sinton’s defense overpowered the Bears’ play.
Sinton held the ball for the remainder of the game, kneeling the ball four times.
The final score was 27-14.
Sinton was able to outrun La Vernia, earning 260 yards on 46 rushes. The Bears claimed 130 yards in 25 rushes.
Vince Gill led the Bears again in rushing yards, with 62 yards in 12 attempts. Skelton was close behind with 40 yards in eight attempts. Parrish earned 16 yards in two attempts and Levi Andrews completed one rush for 9 yards. Matthew Montgomery also had one rush for 3 yards.
La Vernia played a more air-heavy game, earning 125 passing yards from Skelton’s five passes compared to Sinton’s 52 yards.
Parrish led in receiving yards with 65. Justus Parker managed 30 yards, while Andrews earned 20 yards in two catches. Rudy Mendoza earned 10 yards on one catch.
The Bears will return with 24 experienced players, only losing 21 seniors.
La Vernia ends its season with only two losses and the hope to be next year’s region champs.
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