Pirates sail past the Bears
Bears prowled into Vidor Pirate territory Friday night and found the Pirates
had a Bear trap. When the lights went out the Pirates had outscored the Bears
36-14. Next Friday the Bears will host the PGN Indians. The Indians will be
hoping to upset the Bears homecoming game. Looking at the stats for both teams,
anything is possible, but games are not won on paper. Both PNG and LCM are 4-3
for the season. PNG is 2-2 in district, LCM 1-3.
Friday night lights, Vidor took the kickoff and showed that they were ready to
play. On the third play Pirate David Smallwood bullied the Bears and ran 45
yards for a touchdown. The point after was good and the score was 7-0, Pirates.
started play on their own 34 yard line. The Bears moved the ball to the Pirate
six yard line and were looking at a third and goal situation. Things turned
bad, Pirate Austin Rodriguez was in the right place at the wrong time and
intercepted a pass in the end zone. The quarter ended with the Pirates pretty
much controlling the game.
started the second quarter on their own 30 yard line and put together a solid
drive, picking up four first downs on 11 plays and scoring from the two yard
line. The good PAT made the score 14-0 with 8:04 left on the clock.
Late in the
second quarter the Pirates were holding tough on the Bear 34 yard line. The
Bear defense held tougher and kept the Pirates away from touchdown territory.
All the Pirates were able to pull out of that drive was a field goal by Brandon
Clayton. His 27 yard booting of the ball made the score 17-0 with 26 seconds
left in the second half.
Early in the
second half things looked good for the Bears. They held the Pirates on their first
possession and took over the ball on the Pirate 41 yard line. On the Bears
third play Brilon Douglas threw a pass into the hands of Jordan Harmon and put
the Bears on the scoreboard. Trent Manuel booted the PAT and the score was
took the ball and played mad. They started play on their own 17 yard line and
in nine plays took the ball across the goal line again. The high point of that
drive was a 66 yard run by Montana Quirante. Another good PAT and the Pirates
were ahead by a score of 24-7 with one minute on the clock.
kicked and the Bears started their possession on the 14 yard line. The second
and ten was blown apart by Pirates J.B. Smith and Zayne Simmons. The pair got
through the offensive line and dropped the Bear quarterback for a safety. The
board now showed 26-7, Pirates still in the lead.
punt put the Pirates in possession on the 45 yard line. On the first play
Smallwood found an open hole in the defense and made a 55 yard run to cross the
goal line. Clayton’s accurate foot on the PAT brought the score to 33-7 with
11:49 on the clock.
stalled and the Pirates took the ball to field goal range. Clayton knocked a 25
yard shot over the poles and made the score 36-7.
For the rest
of the game the Bears played hard, but time was against them. Their last hurrah
was a 12 play, 80 yard drive that ended with Kyle Herfurth crossing over from
the one yard line. Manuel’s good PAT ended the game with a score of 36-14.
The ending stats
showed both teams with 15 first downs. LCM controlled the air with 150 yards
passing compared to Vidor’s 23. Rushing was a different matter the Bears only
gained 60 yards compared to Vidor’s 395.