Red-hot Bears get struggling Falcons

Published 9:38 am Thursday, October 26, 2017

LITTLE CYPRESS — Even though its just two games into the District 10-4A Division I campaign, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears are riding high as they sit all alone at the top of the district standings.

The Bears (3-2, 2-0) have certainly made an impression to crank up 10-4A play, notching big wins over both Silsbee (58-38) and Bridge City (47-41) last week.

Bridge City is the defending 10-4A champions while Silsbee was the runnerup last year.

LC-M will look to continue its winning formula Friday when they welcome in the struggling Huffman Hargrave Falcons (2-3, 0-2).

The Falcons have suffered back to back devastating losses to open district play, falling to Navasota 54-13 and to Cleveland 40-6 last week.

Led by dynamic sophomore quarterback Ethan McCollum, the Bears have definitely exploded the last two weeks. LC-M has averaged 489.5 yards in their two 10-4A wins with McCollum flourishing.

McCollum has rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in that span and has also passed for 246 yards.

He has 436 yards rushing for the season to go along with 569 yards passing.

The Bears have pumped out 366.5 yards a game on the ground the last couple weeks as well as backs Chris Winters and J’Lon Douglas have flourished behind a bruising LC-M offensive line that has dominated up front of late.

Winters has 469 yards on the ground for the season, 319 of it coming the last two weeks, including a 226-yard, three-touchdown performance against Silsbee.

MCcollum has several go-to receivers to get the ball to including Dameon Morris 16-279) and Katon Brown (16-241) and Mark Netherly, who hauled in a 66-yard TD pass against Bridge City and also brought back a fumble 76 yards for a score.

The Bears will look to shore up their defense after allowing 415 yards a game the last two weeks, including 309 on the ground after Bridge City chewed up 426 on the ground last week.

The Falcons captured their last two non-district games with wins over Houston Worthing (33-20) and Columbus (41-26) before running into a buzzsaw in back-to-back home losses to Navasota and Cleveland.

Huffman returned 12 starters from last year’s 4-6 squad.

They have struggled offensively but do have explosive weapons led by the likes of quarterback Justin Shively along with back Camron McMahon, Casdon Rice, Donovan Gray, Noah Thomas and A.J. Johnson.

The Bears will visit Cleveland next week while the Falcons will return home to host Silsbee.