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Bears dominate second half for 35-10 victory over Dawgs

by Tim McGrath BCC Sports Writer

The LaVernia Bears, down 3-0 at the half, exploded for 35-second half points to earn a homecoming
victory over the Bandera Bulldogs in non-district football action played on Friday, Sept. 27 at Bear Stadium in LaVernia.
It was the final non-district game of the 2013 season for both teams who will enjoy an open date this week before starting the new district season on Friday, Oct. 11 with the Bulldogs taking on the Wimberley Texans at Bulldog Stadium in Bandera.
The first half at LaVernia turned out to be a defensive battle as both teams failed to find the end zone
offensively but the Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead into the locker room on the strength of a Maverick Hicks 39-
yard field goal with 10:32 left in the opening quarter.
The Bulldog defense turned in some big plays in the first half as the Bears turned the ball over on
fumbles three times deep inside Bulldog territory to keep the Bears off the scoreboard. Chance Lopez,
Logan Breen and Ishmael MacNeil recovered the LaVernia fumbles that kept the Dawgs on top 3-0 at the
The second half was all LaVernia, as the Bears rang up 21 points in the third period and 14 more in the
final period while holding off Bulldog offensive efforts along the way.
The Bulldogs' only score of the second half came in the final period on a Joe Rodriguez to Jonathan
Stoufflet 28-yard pass for a touchdown followed by Hick's PAT that brought the score to 28-10 in
favor of LaVernia.
Later in the period, the Bears tacked on their final score of the night to cap off a great second half.
The Bulldogs were held to 61 yards rushing and 109 yards passing in the game by a hard charging Bear
defense that played with great intensity the entire night.
Alex Willoughby- Gonzales led Bulldog rushers with 23 yards on 8 carries while Landon Ventura was
limited to 14 yards on 7 tries.
Stoufflet finished with one carry for 21 yards to lead the Bulldog ground effort against the Bears.
Rodriguez hit on 11 of 22 passing attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Dawgs while
Stoufflet led Bulldog receivers with 3 receptions for 34 yards and a score.
Willoughby-Gonzales hauled in 4 catches for 24 yards, Averie Mansfield 2 for 37 yards and Ventura
2 for 16 yards to round out the receiving game for the Bulldogs.
Defensively, the Dawgs were led by Chance Lopez and MacNeil with 14 and 13 total tackles respectively.
Caleb Beauchamp (9), Brennan Aguirre (6), Noah Nelson (6) and Breen (6) also contributed heavily to
the Bandera defensive effort.
Mansfield (5), Ventura (5), Bryce Dowda (4), Brady Keane (4) and Reed Blake (4) also turned in good
efforts for the Bulldog defense.
Bandera Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David T. Sine gave all the credit to the Bears for
their fine performance and looks forward to the "New Season" (District 27AAA schedule)
with optimism.
"We knew we needed a perfect performance to pull it off. They won the game in the weight room and
could be the best team we see all year. They dominated the line of scrimmage," said Sine. "We have a
week off to get healthy and to have a crash course in Football 101. The second season starts a week from Friday and this season is a whole lot more important than the first!" said Sine.
The Bulldogs will play their first two District 27AAA games at home against the Wimberley Texans on
Friday, Oct. 11 followed by the Canyon Lake Hawks on Friday, Oct. 18.
Kickoff for both games will be at 7:30 pm at Bulldog Stadium.