The Orange Leader
LITTLE CYPRESS —
After taking a breather with their bye week last week, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears will look to have all their ducks in a row Friday night when they welcome the Coldspring Trojans to Battlin’ Bear Stadium.
The Bears are trying to shake off a 0-2 start after falling to West Orange-Stark 21-3 and to Silsbee 34-20.
LC-M will be trying to knock off the Trojans (2-1) for the second straight season under the guidance of coach Randy Çrouch.
The Bears put together one of their best wins of the season last year when they dominated the Trojans 35-20 at home. Coldspring entered that game ranked No. 6 in Class 3A at the time and they, as usual, went on to dominate District 22-3A with a 6-0 record and went 9-3 and advanced to the area round of the postseason.
The Trojans took down C.E. King 39-14 in their season opener. They ran into defending Class 3A Division II state champion Navasota in the second week and fell 24-0. Coldspring bounced back nicely last week with a tight 24-22 victory over 4A LaMarque.
The Bears will look to amp of an offense that has churned out just 210.5 yards a game in their first two tilts.
LC-M has gotten a supreme effort from tailback Jalen Griffin, who has darted for 192 yards on 37 carries.
Bear quarterbacks Caleb Harley and Jake Sonnier have combined to complete 17-of-42 passes for 205 yards. Their key target is Dalton Doyle, who has 7 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. He also had a big 64-yard punt return in the loss to Silsbee.
The Bears are allowing 342.5 yards a game. After holding WO-S down in the first week, the Bears allowed 401 yards to Silsbee, including 274 yards passing by Tiger quarterback Patrick Reed.
The Trojans are led by long-time head coach Bryan Barbay and defensive coordinator Blake Morrison, who served as an assistant in the Southeast Texas area for years and was the former Orangefield head coach.
Coldspring has an excellent defense, led by the likes of 22-3A Defensive MVP safety Patrick Giddens, who was also a 1000-yard rusher last season.
Two other all-district performers return in the forms of linebacker Alec Dunham and defensive end Byrne Baggett.
Quarterback Kaleb Morrison will guide a young offense that is also paced by the running game of Giddens and fullback Dunham.
The Bears outgained the Trojans 272-254 in the win last season. Bear tailback Alex Sezer had 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
The Bears will open up District 20-4A next week when they host the Livingston Lions in their fourth straight home game.