The Vidor Pirates jumped out to a fast start and kept the high-powered Bears passing game in check much of the night to claim a 32-7 homecoming victory at Pirate Stadium on Friday night.
Following an LCM punt, Vidor’s offense caught the Bears defense off-guard as quarterback Quinten Root found Trenton Conn open behind the secondary for an 82-yard scoring strike on the second play of the Pirates possession and a quick 7-0 lead.
The Bears managed only four yards of offense on its next possession and punted once again to the Pirates. This time Vidor churned a 12-play, 94-yard scoring drive which burned nearly five minutes off the clock. The key play of the drive was a 53-yard run by Weston Sepulvado. A few plays later Root scored on a 5-yard run and a 14-0 Pirates lead following the Aaron Guevara extra point.
The teams exchanged possessions before Ashton Landry lead the Bears on a staggering 21-play scoring drive which chewed up 9:29 of the second quarter, while covering 75 yards. The drive was plagued by numerous penalties, including three personal foul penalties by the Pirates, before Landry found the end zone with 49 seconds remaining before halftime to narrow the Vidor lead, 14-7, after the Justin Rainey extra point.
Vidor only needed four plays as the Pirates took the second-half kickoff 53 yards in less than two minutes to extend its leads to 21-7 following a 10-yard scoring run by Sepulvado, who was the game’s leading rusher with 120 yards on 13 carries.
Landry and the Bears passing game were moving the ball well in the first half, but found yardage a bit more difficult to obtain in the second-half of the game. Landry, who finished the night completing 18 passes in 32 attempts with 152 yards, moved the LCM offense steadily downfield before the Vidor defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs at its 32-yard line.
Vidor would add two more scores in the fourth quarter with Root breaking through the Bears defense on a 31-yard scoring dash and then Jason Watson adding a 10-yard touchdown run on the next Pirates possession.
The race for the District 10-4A Division II title continues next Friday as the Pirates (3-2, 1-1) travel to Livingston to face the Lions (5-2, 2-0), while LCM (0-5, 0-2) returns home to battle the Lumberton Raiders (1-5, 0-2).
-Tommy Mann, KOGT-
LCM 0 7 0 0 7
Vidor 14 0 6 12 32
V – Trenton Conn 82 yard pass from Quinten Root, Aaron Guevara kick (10:18)
V – Root 5 yard run, Guevara kick (3:37)
L – Landry Jones 1 yard run, Justin Rainey kick (0:49)
V – Weston Sepulvado 10 yard run, kick failed (10:15)
V – Root 31 yard run, kick failed (8:04)
V – Jason Watson 10 yard run, run failed (5:41)
First Downs 10 17
Rushes-Yards 28-11 48-330
Passing 152 117
Total Yards 163 447
Com-Att-Int 18-33-2 2-6-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 3-25 6-51
Rushing – LCM: Andy McDow 4-35, Carson Peet 14-18, Da’Marion Morris 1-0, Ashton Landry 7-(-13), Team 2-(-29); Vid: Weston Sepulvado 13-120, Quinten Root 12-89, Jason Watson 12-71, Trenton Conn 5-26, Nathan Bullard 1-9, Layne Wilhelm 1-9, Devin Petersen 2-3, Theron Jones 1-2, Elisha Simmons 1-1
Passing – LCM: Ashton Landry 18-33-2 152; Vid: Quinten Root 2-6-0 117
Receiving – LCM: Brendon Pollock 6-52, Carson Peet 3-35, Keaton Rives 3-24, Da’Marion Morris 3-19, Nicholas Granger 1-13, Andy McDow 1-9; Vid: Trenton Conn 1-82, Nathan Bullard 1-35