LCM Bears are 3-0 after taming the Caney Creek Panters
Going into last night’s game Coach Randy Crouch was
a little worried that his LCM Bears may have their hands full when they met the
Conroe Caney Creek Panthers.
“They are a much larger school than we are, with
1700-1800 students and they are a team that will force us to take assignments.
We will have to play a very disciplined game,” said Crouch.
Looking at the team rosters the size and age of the
players was about even. LCM was carrying 20 Seniors, Caney Creek 22. There were
also a couple of heavy weights on each team.
LCM had Stephen Guilbeaux tipping
the scales at 280 pounds and Justin Judge weighing 270. The Panthers had Senior
Cody Britton with 295 pounds under his belt and Senior Chilton McMullen going
and even 300.
On paper, it looked like a fairly even match. Once
the kickoff was made and the two teams started play, things changed fast.
It only took the Bears six plays in the first
quarter to cross the goal line. The kick was good and the Bears were 7-0.
The Panthers took the offensive and in two plays
fumbled and the Bears regained the ball on the 21 yard line. On the Bears first
play Billy Jones caught a short pass and went over the goal line.
The Panthers possession did not go too well, taking the
ball on the 18 yard line. The Panthers first offensive play resulted in a pass
being intercepted by the Bears Shea Richards. On the Bears third play their
pass was intercepted by the Panthers Kyle Baird.
The Panthers fourth down play was to be a kick, but
the kicker got buried under a pile of Green and Gold. The ball was recovered
behind the goal line and put the Bears in the lead after the kick 21-0 with
2:31 left to play in the first quarter. The bears scored again and the score
was 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.
At the end of the first half the score was 35-0. The
Bears had held the Panthers to only 21 rushing yards, zero yards passing, and six
first downs. The Bears had earned 125 yards passing, 25 yards rushing and seven
first downs. Total yardage for the teams was 87 for the Panthers and 150 for
In the third quarter, Panther quarterback Kyle
Herfurth punched the Bears when he led his team on a 74 yard drive that ended
with a touchdown keeper that put him over the goal and made the score 42-7 with
9:32 remaining in the quarter.
The Bears Caleb Bickham caught a bad pitchout by the
Panthers to give the Bears the ball. Number 22,
Trent Manuel kicked the ball an impressive 39 yards to make the score
45-7 with 7:50 left on the clock.
Later in the quarter Panther Kyle Baird grabbed a
Bear fumble, ran it 81 yards for a panther touchdown, making the score 51-14,
and leaving 0:20 on the clock.
The Bears dominated play in the fourth quarter.
Manuel kicked a 29 yard field goal bringing the score to 54-14. There was 4:49
left on the clock. The Bears ate up the clock and took the win to bring them to
3-0 for the season.
There were two injuries for the Bears, quarterback
Brilon Douglas suffered an ankle injury, a possible sprain, and tailback Alex
Sezer took a blow to the knee resulting in a possible sprain there.
The Bears earned 20 first downs to the Panthers six. Bears
carried the ball 34 times for 153 yards compared to the Panthers 33 carries for
104 yards. Completely dominating the air the Bears passed for 242 yards
allowing the Panthers zero yards passing.
The Bears will take next week off before heading to
the edge of the Big Thicket to face the Lumberton Raiders in Lumberton on Sept