Staff Report

Trailing 32-20 it looked like the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears were going to stage a fourth quarter come back against the Port Neches -Groves Indians. Quarterback Hunter Gonzales crossed the goal line for the third time of the game early in the period as the Bears closed PNG’s lead to 32-27.

The Indians struck back with 34-yard TD pass by Brennan Doty to Jayce Nelson on their next possesion. The Bears shook it off and Gonzales hit Jordan Harmon for a 71-yard TD pass on the next possession giving PNG a slim 39-34 lead with 7 minutes left in the contest.

With just over a minute left in the game the Bear defense stopped a PNG drive on fourth and one. Taking over on their own nine yard line Gonzales tossed three passes but couldn’t connect with a receiver. The Bears were forced to turn the ball over with no time outs as the clock ticked down to the final score 39-34 ending for an exciting Dist. 20-4A football game.

The Orangefield Bobcats beat up Hamshire-Fannett 35-14 at F.L. McClain Stadium. Jacob Nunez quarterbacked the Bobcats in the absence of Quinton Evans. The Bobcat defense snuffed the Longhorns allowing Nunez and the Orangefield offense plent of scoring time.

The top spot in Dist. 21-3A is on the line Saturday when Bridge City Cardinals host the West Orange-Stark Mustangs at Larry Ward Stadium at 6 p.m. Both squads are undefeated and this might be more than just the “Game of the Week” but the game of the season. The district championship is on the line.

Other Area Scores:

New Waverly 38, Dewyville 6

Silsbee 30, Hardin-Jefferson 20

Chambers 48, Kountze 14

Kirbyville 63, Jasper 8

Livingston 42, Ozen 23

East Chambers 48, Kountze 14

Ozen 21, Livingston 17

West Brook wins 42-15 over Memorial

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