Bears Make It 2-0 With Win Over Zachary
What a difference a year can make. The 2015 Bears got off to a pedestrian start, going 0-2 with losses to Parkview Baptist and Zachary. The 2016 Bears have reversed that trend, putting the pedal to the metal and racing their record to a 2-0 mark with Friday night’s 37-3 win over Zachary at Olympia Stadium. The Bears played without three starters on offense and took a “next man up” mentality to deal with the injured players.
Quarterback Zack Crawford picked up the slack on offense, passing for 244 yards and a touchdown. Offensive tackle Zach Tom paved the way for the run game and pass protection up front, grading out at a near perfect 100%. Ben Miles, Conner LeBlanc and Beau Griffon combined to rush for over 150 yards. LeBlanc and Griffon scored touchdowns on the ground and Vernon Langley had a touchdown reception. Parker Fontenot converted four extra points and a 24 yard field goal.
The defense shined for the second week in a row after forcing six turnovers in its week one win over Parkview, giving up just a field goal to the Broncos. The Bears’ defense held the Zachary quarterback duo to just 2 for 13 in the passing game for the evening. CHS’ James DeLee earned defensive Player of the Week honors, highlighted by his fumble recovery in the endzone, while Tom was named Offensive Player of the Week. Punter Blake Davis, who had a long punt of 51 yards, was the Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Bears, ranked #4 in the LSWA poll last week, will face Sam Houston (0-2) in game three on Friday, September 16. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The visiting Broncos, from the Lake Charles area, have lost to 3A St. Louis and 4A LaGrange. The Bears defeated Sam Houston 47-6 on the road last season.
Read The Advocate’s game story from Friday night’s game.