The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears topped the visiting Goose Creek Memorial football team by a final score of 26-14 in Friday’s season opener. This week the Battlin’ Bears go on the road to take on the Nacogdoches Dragons.

LCM tailback Alex Sezer rushed for 145 yards on 16 carries against the Patriots that included a 56 yard touchdown in the opening series and a 39 yarder in the second quarter. Quarterbacks Casey Viator and Kyle Herfuth also punched in points for the Bears. The Bear offense churned out 299 yards rushing in their season debut.

The Bear defence only gave up 243 yards against Goose Creek.

Viator led the Bears in a 12 play 62 yard drive for a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter. The Bears got on the board again late in the third period with Herfurth leading a 15-play, 68-yard scoring drive.

LCM place kicker Trent Manuel split the crossbars for two PATs.