Panthers end Bears perfect record
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
“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.