Bears look to bounce back with visit to Cleveland

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017

LITTLE CYPRESS — Still controlling their own destiny in trying to capture the District 10-4A Division I title, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears will take to the road Friday night and will try to slow down the Cleveland Indians.

The Bears (3-3, 2-1) were their own worst enemy last Friday as they controlled the clock and stymied Huffman’s offense but it was the Falcons that walked out of Battlin’ Bear Stadium with a 27-20 overtime victory.

LC-M had three crucial turnovers, two which led to Huffman defensive scores and the Bears had problems converting on fourth downs.

Despite that, the Bears outgained the Falcons 376-171 as the defense had one of its best performances of the seasons.

The Bears are in a three-way tie with Silsbee and Navasota for first-place as they notched wins over Silsbee in Bridge City.

LC-M will check in with district’s top-ranked offense. The Bears are churning out 451.7 yards a game through three loop games, sparked by sophomore quarterback Ethan McCollum.

McCollum has passed for 779 yards and has rushed for 541 more.

He rushed for 105 yards and passed for 210 more in last week’s loss. Bear receiver Katon Brown had a huge game against Huffman, hauling in five passes for 151 yards and has 22 catches for 392 yards for the season.

Bear tailback Chris Winters has gobbled up 499 yards while fullback and standout linebacker J’Lon Douglas has close to 250 yards. Receiver Dameon Morris has 17 catches for 284 yards.

The Indians have had a up-and-down season. They fell to Bridge City 34-22 in their 10-4A opener. They bounced back to throttle Huffman 40-6 before losing their offensive ways in a tough 24-0 loss at the hands of Navasota.

Cleveland certainly has some offensive firepower including Dylan Reeves, who scored all three TDs in the game against Bridge City, along with the likes of speedsters Jett Hendrix, Monroe Harding and Montrail Searles.

The Bears will close out their regular season at home next week in what should be a huge tilt against Navasota.