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La Vernia Bear football is 2-0 for the season, after they traveled to play the Gonzales Apaches Sept. 1 and came home with a dominating 49-7 win.
The Bears got on the scoreboard on the first play of the game when senior Colten Schmid ran the opening kickoff 78 yards for the first score of the night. Junior kicker Luke Green was good on the extra point and the Bears led, 7-0. The Bear defense forced a punt after three plays and La Vernia drove down the field before the drive stalled and the Bears attempted a field goal that was blocked by the Apache defense. The Bears again forced a quick punt that resulted in senior Isaiah Cisneros scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run. Green’s kick was good again, and the Bears led 14-0 with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Bears forced another punt, but this time La Vernia was kept from scoring when a fourth-down try was stopped at the 8-yard line and Gonzales took over on downs early in the second quarter. The Bears forced a fourth Gonzales punt in as many possessions, and turned that into the third Bear touchdown of the game when junior quarterback Keegan Hajek scored on a 5-yard touchdown with 6 minutes to go in the first half. The extra point made the score 21-0.
A fifth punt of the first half resulted in the next Gonzales possession, and the Bears quickly scored when a horse collar penalty was added to the end of a Keegan Hajek run. From there, Schmid ran in from 20 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Green’s extra point made the score 28-0 with just over 3 minutes until halftime.
Gonzales avoided the shutout when they started in good field position after the kickoff, and the Apache quarterback sprinted in for a 47-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The extra point was good, bringing the score to 28-7. The Bears answered with a long touchdown pass from Keegan Hajek to Schmid, who wrestled the ball away from the defender and scored just before halftime. Green was good on the extra point, and the halftime score was 35-7.
Gonzales received the second-half kickoff, and this time the Bear defense got into the scoring act when senior Brody Myers stepped in front of an Apache pass and took the interception into the end zone for a quick Bear touchdown with less than 2 minutes gone off the third-quarter clock. Another Green extra point was good, and the Bear lead was extended to 42-7. The Bear defense continued to play tough all night to force another punt. A catch to senior Garrett Lamb set up the Bears with a first down inside the 20-yard line that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown run by sophomore Sean Garza. Green was perfect on all his extra points for the second game in a row, and the third quarter ended with the Bears leading 49-7.
The Bear defense forced two more turnovers in the second half, and the final score was 49-7.
Next game for the Bears will be this Friday night, Sept. 8, when La Vernia plays host to the LaGrange Leopards. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.