Bears battle Raiders to win district opener
The Battlin’ Bears came to Lumberton ready to play
after a week off. It was a good that they were ready to battle, because the
Raiders made the Bears work for their win.
The Bears had the first possession of the night and
in six plays Brilon Douglas made a dash across the goal line for the first
touchdown of the night. The kick was good and he score was 7 – 0 in the first
few minutes of the quarter.
Taking the kick, the Raiders tried hard for eight
plays to even the score, but had to punt in spite of some good plays gaining a
few yards. Tyler Wright ran the ball to the 15 yard line and the Bears had the
It only took three plays for Douglas to make a long
run of 85 yards to score the second Bear TD of the game, another good kick and
the score was 14-0.
For the next ten plays the Raiders tried to cross
the goal line, but were fought hard by the Bear’s defense. In attempt to get on
the scoreboard, Raider Dylan Mouton attempted a 27 yard field goal. The shot
was wide to the right.
The Bears took the ball into the second quarter, but
after three plays had to punt in spite of a gain on a keeper by Douglas. Kyle
Herfurth took the QB spot and attempted a pass to Tyler Wright, the pass was
incomplete, and the Bears had to punt. The ball went deep and the Raiders took
over on their 25 yard line.
Red and Blue and Green and Gold fought hard for ten
plays. The Raider offense put pressure on the Bear defense and managed to move
the ball on the ground and in the air enough to get in scoring position. Raider
Clay Choate took the ball across the line for the first Raider score. The kick
fizzled and the score was 14-6 with 5:59 remaining in the half.
Bear Wright ran the kick back to the 42 yard line.
On the first play, Douglas was taken down for a loss of one yard. The Raider
defense pressured the Bear’s offense so hard that after four more plays the
Bears had to punt.
The Raiders possession ended after nine plays that
saw some moves on the ground some passes and a couple of penalties. The clock
ran out with no change in the score.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter things
looked rough for the Bears. Pushing hard the Raiders made enough slow gains
that there had to be a measurement after the third and sixth play for a first down. The ball was only about an inch short and the Raiders
pushed it over on the next play.
Raider QB Jordan Garanto attempted a pass, but was
intercepted by Bear Preston Wright on the Raider 47. Wright ran the ball out to
the 38 with 1:07 left in the third quarter.
In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Alex
Sezar scored for the Bears after only three plays making the score 21-6 after
the good PAT and leaving 8:51 on the clock.
For the next nine plays the Raiders pressured the
Bears hard. The Raiders gained some ground in spite of the hard playing Bear
defense. It took ten plays, but finally the Raiders got on the board with a TD
and a PAT to make the score 21-12.
No one knew it at the time, but the fourth quarter
would be the hardest of the game. The Raiders would fight hard trying to even
the score, then pull ahead and win. The Bears would fight just as hard to hang
onto their lead and win the game.
Douglas of the Bears opened the fourth quarter with
an outstanding run to score. The kick was blocked and the score was 27-12.
The Raiders took the ball and took off. In five
plays Raider Chase Higgins carried the ball across the goal. A good kick made
the score 27-19 with 10:40 on the clock.
Sezar ran the kick back to the 34 yard line. On the
fourth play Raider Granto picked off a Douglas pass to give the raiders
The Raiders would keep the ball for 17 plays. Each team
pressured the other hard. With 34 seconds on the clock the Raiders scored,
bringing the score to 27-25.
The Raiders needed to run the ball and make the two
point play to tie the score. The pressure was on the Bears. When play resumed
after three time outs being called, the play was going to the wide right when
Bear Sean Shehane came out of nowhere and buried the Red and Blue carrier under
his Green and Gold jersey.
The Bears had the ball for the final seconds and let
the clock run out.
The Bears are 1-0 in district and 4-0 for the
season. The Battlin’ Bears will host the Ozen Panthers in Bear
country on Sept. 30. Ozen won their district opener against Central by a score of 31-24.