As of now, the Bears are undefeated and plan to stay that way with lots of hard work.
“We are very happy to be 4-0,” Crouch said. “We have a lot of work to do. Ozen will be a great challenge this coming week.”

Beaumont Ozen is 1-3 falling to West Brook 28-6 and Port Arthur Memorial, 47-27 before picking up a 36-7 win against Houston Sterling. The Panthers lost their Dist 20-4A opener last week 41-14 against Beaumont Central.

Last Friday night at Battlin’ Bear Stadium was a night like no other. The scene appeared to be the same as a typical evening of high school football as the fans arrived, ready to cheer on the Bears in the first district game of the season against the Lumberton Raiders.

However, mixed with green and gold that flooded the stadium was a big of blue and white as West Orange-Stark players and supporters took their place among the LCM fans.

What started out as a normal evening turned into an emotional night for all who were in attendance as members of the community paid their respects and honored the recent loss of WO-S’s quarterback, Reggie Garrett Jr.

The Bears (4-0) defeated the Raiders, 45-0, in what LCM Head Coach Randy Crouch called “more than just a victorious win, but a celebration of life.”

Both teams found themselves struggling to score early in the first half, but LCM was able to capture a 10-0 lead going into the half-time.

The Bears turned it around in the second half of play with a a little help and a lot of support from their Mustang friends.

The WO-S football players took their place with the Bears as they ran out together onto the field, all sporting wristbands with “RG” on them and holding up the [the number] 12 with their fingers, in honor of Garrett.

This momentum helped the Bears in the second half, when they went on a scoring run and didn’t stop.

“Our defense really stepped it up and played very well,” Crouch said. “Our offense also did a fine job.” Crouch said the team’s goal going into the game was to put in a great effort for all four quarters. In the end, he said he was proud of his team’s outstanding victory and great team win.
Senior quarterback Hunger Gonzales, led the team, finishing the game with a total of 184 years and the first three touchdowns of the game, one of which was a 77-yard run down the sideline to give the Bears a 24-0 advantage halfway through the third quarter.

“I think the key factor for us was being productive on offense,” Gonzales said. “The biggest thing was how the defense as a whole flew to the ball like mad men and made a lot of key stops all night.”

Tailback Brilon Douglas, a junior, put more points on the Bear scoreboard when he ran 17 yards through the middle of the Raider defense.

With 5:03 left to play in the game, senior Marvin Elmore picked up a fumble and returned it 36 yards for the LCM touchdown, improving the score 38-0.
The final score of the night came from tailback Alex Sezer when he tore through the Raiders for a 16-yard touchdown.

“Winning the first game of the district was huge for us,” Gonzales said. “It’s always good to get off on the right foot, and having WO-S with us to do it was unbelievable. Words can’t describe how amazing the whole night was. It was great to see whole community come together like that.”
The Bears will face the Ozen Panthers this Friday in what Crouch said will be a challenging match-up.

“It will be a touchy game,” Crouch said. “Ozen has great athletes. David Green is an outstanding quarterback and they can run very well on defense.” He said this week the team will be working hard to prepare for the Panthers.

“We still have too many penalties,” he said. “We must continue to run to the ball on defense and play solid on offense.

As of now, the Bears are undefeated and plan to stay that way with lots of hard work.
“We are very happy to be 4-0,” Crouch said. “We have a lot of work to do. Ozen will be a great challenge this coming week.”