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2011-11-09 / Sports

Bears tear apart Pleasanton

By Eric Smith
Express Sports Editor


Pleasanton Eagles Mike Sorola Cameron Smith and a third Eagle take down RB Jake Wiatrek during the 28-3A contest in La Vernia. The Eagles season has come to an end. 
EXPRESS PHOTO BY DAVID WICKERSHAM Pleasanton Eagles Mike Sorola Cameron Smith and a third Eagle take down RB Jake Wiatrek during the 28-3A contest in La Vernia. The Eagles season has come to an end. EXPRESS PHOTO BY DAVID WICKERSHAM The LaVernia Bears came out and dominated the Pleasanton Eagles in the final 28-3A contest of the season. The Bears (5-5, 4-2) used a gruesome rushing attack to run past the Eagles 50-6 as the Eagles finish their season with a 2-8 (1-5) record.

“We really did not play well. It was just one of those nights,” stated Pleasanton Head Football Coach, Tab Dumont referring to his teams loss.

The LaVernia Bears came out and set set the stage for the night at Bear Stadium. LV was able to force Pleasanton to punt on their first possession, after running just five plays. This is when LV went to work. The Bears needed just three plays, to strike for their first touchdown of the game. LaVernia’s Aaron Grubb was able to score the first of three touchdowns on the night, courtesy of a 15-yard run. The two-point try was good, as Grubb was in as LV led the Eagles 8-0 with 8:27 to go in the first quarter.

On the Eagles next possession, they were able to run five plays before being forced to punt again. Luckily for Pleasanton, LaVernia fumbled the punt, turning the ball over giving the Eagles good field position. The Eagles needed just one play, for Luke Walters to connect on a 42-yard pass play to Mike Sorola to put the Eagles on the board. The two point pass failed, but Pleasanton trailed 8-6 with 5: 09 to go in the first. Unfortunately, this is the last time the Eagles would find the end zone against LaVernia.

The La Vernia Bears would go on to score one more first quarter touchdown, three second quarter touchdowns, one third quarter touchdown and one fourth en route to a 50-6 blow out victory over the Pleasanton Eagles.

The Bears finished the game with 29 carries for 378 yards on the ground and 39 passing yards. Pleasanton rushed 26 times for 51 rushing yards and passed for 120 yards in the contest.

Pleasanton Head Coach Tab Dumont speaks on the loss- “LaVernia is playing as good of football as anyone in our district right now. They have gotten better every week. We just didn’t come out and play like we needed to. I thought we hung in there the best we could to finish the year and we played hard at times,” stated Dumont.

Large Senior Class- The Pleasanton Eagles will loose 22 seniors from this year’s team to graduation.



“I am proud of the seniors that did not quit. They kept fighting and playing even though the season didn’t go well,” Coach Dumont stated.

The following are the seniors on the squad: Albert Mares, Zach Jackson, Miguel Cano, Justin Llamas, Humberto Garcia, Dominic Oliva, Brenton Bouchillon, Aaron Villalobos, Joseph Sotello, Cameron Smith, Julio Sosa, Ignacio Garcia, Luis Hernandez, Victor Pena, Brent Hutchison, Zach Brooks, Orlando Grant, Daniel Turner, Alex Reed, Jason Van Epps, Stephen Ramon and Josh Smith.

Looking ahead- The Eagles will return nine starters back on offense and about five starters back on defense next season.

“We have begun our off season training already. Finishing 2-8 is not where the coaching staff or the players want to be. My job as a head coach is to get this turned around and that is what I am going to go after. This group of kids knows this is not what we are about. We are going to work harder in the off season than any team I have ever coached,” stated Coach Tab Dumont.

The last time the Pleasanton Eagles went to the football playoffs was in 2007. We will release the 28-3A All-District list once it becomes available.

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