The LCM Bears were ready to play Friday night, but

so were the Ozen Panthers. Bear hair and Panther fur flew all night, but at the

end the Panthers had driven the Bears back to their den. The 21-13 win by the

Panthers dropped the Bears to 1-1 in district play.

The Panthers played a tough game. Their defense made

runs up the middle nearly impossible, sweeps were stopped and there was a good

pass defense.

“Give Ozen credit, they made the plays when they

needed to make them. This is the best Ozen team I’ve seen in a long time,” said

Bears coach Randy Crouch.

The Bears received the opening kickoff and did a

good job of moving the ball toward the goal line. In 14 plays Brilon Douglas

made the first score of the night. With a good PAT the score was 7-0.

After the kick off the Panthers started their drive

on the 30 yard line. They were ready to play.

On the third play Nicholas Nelson made the Panthers first first down of

the night. From the Bears 35 yard line it only took the Panthers seven plays

before Jakobi Jones scored with 47 seconds left on the clock.

Opting to go for two, Jones ran the ball across the

line for the two point conversion and put the Panthers ahead by a score of 8-7.

They would keep the lead the rest of the night.

With 9:08 on the clock in the second quarter the Bears

tried to pull ahead on the scoreboard when Trent Manuel attempted a 30 yard

field goal. Unfortunately the ball went wide to the right.

It was the Panther’s turn to play with the ball.

With the ball on the 30 yard line, and a first and 10 situation, Colton

Boudreaux of the Bears came out of nowhere and slammed Panther David Green hard

into the grass for a 10 yard loss.

With a second and 20 facing them Green passed to Andrew

Michael and earned the Panthers a first down.

Three plays later the Panthers crossed the goal,

made a good PAT and set the score at 15-7 with 4:01 on the clock.

The Bears gave it a supreme effort, after 10 plays

the Bears went to the air and the pass was picked off by Joseph Richards,

giving the Panthers possession with 59 seconds left in the first half.

Second half play started with the Panthers taking

the ball on the 46 yard line. Deandre Burrell took the ball and ran to the 36

yard line before being brought down by the Bears Caleb Bickham. Seven plays

later the Bears got the ball after an incomplete fourth down pass.

After three plays the Bears were in trouble and


After a run up the middle for a five yard gain the

Panthers drew a holding penalty. There was a run for no gain and two incomplete


The Bears took the ball, but were stopped by the

Panthers at every play. After four plays they kicked the ball. Panther Nelson

ran the ball out to the Panther 34 yard line.

Seven plays later the Panthers had scored again and

the score was 21-7 with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Bears took the kick off and in six plays Alex

Sezar scored with 9:58 on the clock. The PAT fizzled and the Bears were behind


The Bears kick off went high and in the process of

trying to catch the ball, two Panthers collided causing the ball to go wild. A

Bear recovery gave them possession on the 20 yard line.

On the Bears third and 12 play the ball got loose, but

was recovered by Mark Sanders. The Bears lost two yards on the play. The pass

on the fourth and 14 play was incomplete and the Panthers took the ball back.

The Panther offense pushed hard on the ground and in

the air, but after 12 plays the Bears took the ball after an incomplete pass.

For nine plays the Bears tried every trick in the

book, but nothing worked. The Panthers had the lead and were determined to keep

it. The game ended with the Panthers taking a knee and letting the clock run


“We can’t fault the kids for their effort tonight.

They played hard every snap. Defensively we did a good job keeping them in

front of us for most of the game, except for that last touchdown pass,” said


Friday, October 7, the Bears travel to Beaumont to

take on the Central Jaguars.