Lindsey Standley

After capturing their first district win of the season against Lumberton, then defeating Ozen, the boys in

green and gold are more focused than ever as they host the

Central Jaguars this Friday.

Central is 3-2 going into the Dist. 20-4A contest with LC-M. The Jags haven’t lost a football game since Week 2 losing to Port Arthur Memorial 38-0 and Beaumont West Brook 55-7. To their credit they have defeated Galveston Ball 31-10, Beaumont Ozen 41-14 and a tough Livingston 28-21. The Bears will have their hands full against the Jags.

Going into last Friday’s game against Ozen, the LCM Bears were still feeling the momentum from their 45-0 victory against Lumberton the previous week.

LCM, now 5-0, did indeed take home the win, defeating Ozen 24-15 to keep its winning streak alive. The Bears are now 2-0 in district play.

“It’s great to be 5-0, but we can’t get satisfied,” LCM quarterback Hunter Gonzales said. “We have to keep our eyes on the big picture and take it one game at a time.”

The Bear defense stepped up all night, allowing the Panthers to gain only 223 yards.

According to LCM Head Coach Randy Crouch, one of the biggest highlights of the night was a leaping catch by junior Jordan Harmon for a 20-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage.

One of the biggest leaders for the Bears was sophomore Alex Sezar, who stepped in for tailback Tevin Jones after he suffered an ankle injury. Sezar had 120 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

“Alex stepped up big time,” Gonzales said. “The defense also came through with some huge stops.”

Going into halftime, the Bears led 14-3. Crouch said one of the biggest challenges in the battle against the Panthers was stopping Ozen quarterback David Green, who was 8-for-11 with 125 yards.

Despite the Panthers’ quick speed, they were no match for the Bears, who continued to score off target passes from Gonzales. Sezar had a huge 66-yard touchdown run in the second half and helped LCM to a 21-3 in the third quarter.

Ozen managed to score off a 57-yard pass from Green, but it was too late as the Bears ended with the win, 24-15.

The Bears will face the Beaumont Central Jaguars in the next district match-up this Friday at Battlin’ Bear Stadium.

“They have a fine team that is very physical and runs very well,” Crouch said of the Jaguars. “We must stop or slow down Damon Heard, their running back. It will be a big challenge.”

Central is also 2-0 in district play and Crouch said the team could be the best in the district right now. He said the Bears will just need to compete and will need to play with a sense of urgency. The support from the LCM community wouldn’t hurt, either.

“Our student body has been wonderful,” Crouch said. “We will need everyone 100 percent to beat Central Friday night.”

About Lindsey Standley

Journalism/English II Teacher @ LCMHS