Following a heartbreaking loss to the Central Jaguars in which they received their first loss of the season, the Little Cypress- Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears went into their game against Vidor Friday night with clear heads and one goal in mind: to get back in the winning column.

They did just that, fighting the Pirates until the bitter end and coming out on top, 28-21, in a showdown at Battlin’ Bear Stadium.

The Bears, now 6-1 and 3-1 in district, were perhaps thrown for a loop in the first minutes of the game, when Vidor began running the ball and didn’t stop until the final minutes.

The Pirates scored the first touchdown of the game midway through the first quarter, but the Bears followed soon after with a score of their own.

Junior receiver Jordan Harmon, who has been stepping up for the Bears all season long, was there for the pass from quarterback Hunter Gonzales, tied the score at 7-7 with 6:29 to play in the quarter.

Vidor quarterback Nick Dozhier went straight through the LCM defense for another Pirate touchdown with 4:12 to play in the first half and the teams were tied at 14-14 heading into halftime.

The night consisted of a big passing game from the Bears, a big running game from the Pirates, and several fumble recoveries that helped both teams at several key moments.
With nine seconds to play in the third quarter, junior Preston Armstrong reached over the Vidor defense and scored for the Bears, tying the game at 21-21 heading into the final quarter of play.

As fans on both sides of the stadium yelled for their teams and watched the last twelve minutes wind down, tension was high.

That tension was cut short with 3:37 to play when Zack Sonnier caught a pass from Gonzales for the Bear touchdown, giving LCM the 7-point advantage. Bear fans went wild, but the Pirates had plenty of time to get the ball down the field.

As Vidor worked the ball and ran it just like they had the whole game, LCM’s Rueben Alaniz stepped in for the Bears when he intercepted the pass from Dozhier. As his coaches and teammates swarmed him on the sidelines, the finals seconds ticked away and the Bears officially regained their winning status.

The Bears will return to district play this Friday when they travel to PNG to take on the Indians, who are 3-4 and 2-2 in district, coming off a fresh double overtime victory against Ozen. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

About Lindsey Standley

Journalism/English II Teacher @ LCMHS