Many football fans across the state were calling Friday night’s match-up between the LCM Bears and the Central Jaguars the “Game of the Week.”

With both teams holding a 2-0 district record heading into the game, the stakes were high with both vying for the No. 1 spot in District 20-4A. While the Jaguars came to Battlin’ Bear Stadium with a 3-2 overall record, the Bears held a 5-0 record, as determined as ever to shut down Central and keep the streak alive.
Despite a back-and-forth game that was a brutal battle to the finish, the Jaguars came on top and defeated LCM, 37-28. 
Right from the start, the Jaguars came out fast and furious as they racked up a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter, rushing a total of 181 yards.
The Bears answered not too soon after with a 13-yard touchdown by junior Jordan Harmon after a pass from senior quarterback Hunter Gonzales. 
Gonzales stepped up and led the Bears all night, completing 23-of-40 passes for the night. After the touchdown pass to Harmon, it was back and forth scoring for the rest of the night.
Central quarterback Robert Mitchell was unstoppable, completing 9-of-16 passes and two touchdowns for the Jaguars. One of those touchdowns included a 86-yard run with four minutes left to play in the first quarter.
The Bears stayed up to speed with the Jaguars with help of tailback Tevin Jones, who ran for a touchdown midway through the third quarter, making the score 14-21.
Gonzales also helped break through the Central defense, forcing his way through for the 12-yard touchdown.
The Jaguars responded with a drive through the middle by tailback Damon Heard, giving the Jaguars a 30-21 advantage with only nine minutes remaining in the game.
After a clean pass to receiver Zack Sonnier, resulting in a 24-yard Bear touchdown, Central responded yet again, capping the final score at 28-37.
“I thought we played hard and left everything we had out there,” Gonzales said. “I still see a lot of room for improvement.”
This week, the Bears are preparing to battle the Vidor Pirates, who are currently 2-1 in district.
“Vidor is a team that loves to run the ball, so that’s something we’re working hard at improving,” Gonzales said. “We also want to run the ball a little better this week.”
The match-up will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Battlin’ Bear Stadium.

About Lindsey Standley

Journalism/English II Teacher @ LCMHS